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The Devil Wears Prada | [Lauren Weisberger]

The Devil Wears Prada

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.
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Publisher's Summary

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job "a million girls would die for." Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn, a world populated by stylish women and beautiful men. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.

The Devil Wears Prada gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to "the boss from Hell." Narrated in Andrea's smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda's children in Paris by private jet, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day - and often late into the night. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

©2003 Lauren Weisberger; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Miranda's behavior is so insanely over-the-top that it's a gas to see what she'll do next, and to try to guess which incidents were culled from real life." (Amazon.com)
"Weisberger has penned a comic novel that manages to rise to the upper echelons of the chick-lit genre." (Publishers Weekly)

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    X Cincinnati, OH, United States 12-15-12
    X Cincinnati, OH, United States 12-15-12

    Male. Mammal. High school equivalency graduate. I like fruit and I just got a haircut. I would describe myself as somewhere between Christmas and being buried alive.

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    "Worst execution of the best idea that I ever heard"
    What disappointed you about The Devil Wears Prada?

    Waste of plot and character space on author and her friends. Author is a nobody. Who cares about her and her friends. MORE MIRANDA IS WHAT I WANT!!!!!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Second World War - Winston Churchill


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have the narrator ready any book but this one. MORE MIRANDA ANECDOTES!!!!!!!!!

    Watch the September Issue on Netflix instead.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Devil Wears Prada?

    Cut all of the nonsense about the author and the nobody boyfriend.
    Cut all of the stuff about the author's family.
    Cut all of the nobody best friend stuff.
    Cut the self serving ending where everything works out great for the author when she finds a supportive fatso to take up her cause.



    Any additional comments?

    Mediocre writing. Flat dialogue. One dimensional cliche characters. Fairy tale self serving ending. Bridge to nowhere characters entering and leaving the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crystelle MEDFORD, OR, United States 08-10-12
    Crystelle MEDFORD, OR, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "If you love the movie, DON'T listen to this"
    What would have made The Devil Wears Prada better?

    I don't know if it was the story or just the narration, but this book was so hard to follow and stay interested. I LOVE the movie version, but the Andi in this story is whiney and unlikeable. I felt the story jumped around a lot and maybe it would have been easier to follow in print, but it'd jump to a completely different time and I'd rewind a bit thinking I must have missed the transition.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    regan nielsen 09-14-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "way better than the movie"

    I laughed out loud listening to this. This was hands down one the funnest books i have purchased from audible. The main character had spunk and was very likable. It was great watching her evolve into a "grown-up".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Oxford Mills, ON, Canada 05-24-08
    Ian Oxford Mills, ON, Canada 05-24-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Good light fun"

    Excellent narration and a humorous story make this a great audiobook for a long drive. Young Andrea ends up working for the boss from hell. Her sharp observations of co-workers in the inanity of fashion journalism are great. I still think the movie is just as good as the book, in this case. But the book has a better ending!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada 02-06-07
    Laura Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada 02-06-07 Member Since 2014
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    "The Devil Wears Prada"

    I don't say this very often, but I enjoyed the movie more than the book. There was unnecessary detail. If you listen, get the abridged version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cassi Cleveland, TN, USA 06-02-05
    Cassi Cleveland, TN, USA 06-02-05
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    "best listen so far!"

    This is definitely my favorite listen to date! The characters are colorful, sincere, and absolutely believable (and unbelievable!) - even the walking nightmare, Miranda Priestly. It's a great and entertaining story of a college graduate's first job, and the expectations and pitfalls of "paying one's dues" in starting a career. I could not put this one down, and continually listened until I had to recharge my iPod! Great NYC flavor, excellent narration style, and an ending that was better than expected (and not as predictable as I expected). You won't be disappointed!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Turner Bay Area, CA 04-03-05
    A. Turner Bay Area, CA 04-03-05 Member Since 2015

    Hipsterdufus

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    "Not Quite Worth the Time"

    The inside look at the fashion world was mildly interesting, but for me was not enough to sustain the entire book. By midpoint, I was tired of the whining tone of the book and was beginning to feel disdain for the main character. I chose this story because others stated it was funny, however I did not laugh out loud even once. Interesting in a voyeuristic sense, but in the end, not worth my time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Temecula, CA, USA 03-11-04
    Colleen Temecula, CA, USA 03-11-04
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    "Great commuter book..."

    I loved this book! It was a pleasure to listen to while commuting to work each day...it was not only fun to listen to, but after hearing about how horrible the 'job a million girls would kill for' was on a daily basis, it made me appreciate going to work a little more than I might have normally. The book is filled with humor and I actually found myself dreading finishing it, as I enjoyed listening to the everyday escapades of Andrea and all the other characters that made up Runway magazine! If you are looking for a lighthearted, funny and entertaining diversion, I recommend this great 'listen'....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 01-07-13
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 01-07-13 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Whimsy Turns Mean"

    Toward the end of this book, the heroine, a budding author, says her aim is to write stories with "just the right chords of funny and touching". After hearing that statement, I realized that that was exactly what Weisberger was trying to do with this book. Attempt acknowledged, but the effort failed.

    At first, I asked myself what I had had in mind in selecting/downloading this book. Of course the answer was I wanted some whimsical, satirical, funny story lines. I completely forgot that I also need a certain amount of depth in characters in order to love/hate/enjoy them. So I made a note to self: "just what was I expecting?' I think the answer is I wanted fun -- but I got insipid.

    The narrator was pretty good, particularly with female voices and accents. She tried a little too hard with the male voices and missed.

    I did finish the book and didn't find it a complete miss. Some of the scenes and stories were entertaining. But all in all there was a pervasive sense of meanness that took over the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sasha L. Stowers Atlanta, GA USA 11-17-09
    Sasha L. Stowers Atlanta, GA USA 11-17-09 Member Since 2014

    Aspiring Children's Book Writer

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    "Not For Me"

    The story was longer than necessary (which, I suspect, is the reason the abridged version is one-third the length of the unabridged). This unnecessary length adds an almost whiny tone to the novel as the narrator informs us of how hard her job is again and again, and again. All I needed as a few impossible tasks to get the picture.

    In comparison to the movie's character development, the book's character development pales in comparison. In the novel, the reader never sees the humanity of Miranda Priestly, and so in the book, she is a hollow apathetic antagonist. I like fleshed-out villains, characters which have depth and layers, but I can't seem to crack Miranda's upper crust in this book. We never learn her motives or clarify her reason for her actions--which is something the movie strove to correct.

    One point that I do approve of, neglected in the movie, was the Lily's alcohol addiction, which accentuates the disconnect between the narrator and the characters which she has left behind before her pre-Runway life.

    All together, however, the book seemed superficial. The characters are one-dimensional, and it feels like a debut novel to me. This was not a book which I was particularly motivated to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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