When the Xes' marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste. Her tenure with the X family becomes a nearly impossible mission to maintain the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity, and, most important, her sense of humor. Over nine tense months Mrs. X and Nanny perform the age-old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude.
The Nanny Diaries deftly skewers the manner in which America's overprivileged raise les petites overprivileged - as if grooming them for a Best in Show competition. Written by two former nannies, this alternately comic and poignant satire punctures the glamour of Manhattan's upper class.
©2002 Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
"The Nanny Diaries is diabolically funny...vastly entertaining...perfectly pitched social satire." (New York Times)
What a hoot. Light, funny, fast, quick. Simplistic but engaging character development, teensy but amusing plot, a chick-flick audio escape that is clever and funny.
I expected to find the story entertaining, but instead I found it depressing and bitter. The quality of the reading (Julia Roberts) and recording were good.
I really like this book. I'm usually a mystery reader but I thought I'd try something different. Julia Roberts did a great job with reading. You want something different - try this!
The story is very fun, but Julia Roberts doesn't quite read it in any sort of believable way. It sounds like she is just rushing through it. Hardly any inflection. The story rings true of New York society and it's hilarious. Worth getting, but maybe you should read it.
I downloaded this book for my wife and ended up listening to it completely. As a parent I loved it, but the rich snotty class wont enjoy this book. If your a person who hires a nanny and treats them like this go read the comics. But if your a working class person its a good book to listen to and you wont wonder anymore why rich kids often grow up so messed up.
There is not enough humor in this book to be considered satire. It comes off as resentful and depressing. The whole nanny situation seems a sad state of affairs.
This book is nothing remarkable, but it's made MUCH worse by Julia Roberts' flat narration. Her attempts to speak like a child are absolutely horrible and make your skin crawl. I'd read it rather than listen to it.
I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.
Having a different reader
More character development of the narrator. Roberts read like she was reading to herself instead of to others. Of all the audio books I've listened to, she was by FAR the worst.
I enjoyed this book - having read "The Manny," where I often wanted to strangle the self-involved main character - it was refreshing to read about the same subject from the "Nanny's" perspective. It made the book and subject matter down-to-earth and something I could relate to a bit more :)
I wasn't 100% sold on Julia Roberts though. There were times where she would read VERY VERY quickly... why - I don't know. At these times, the storyline should have made her SLOW down than speed up. Many times I really had to concentrate on her run-on reading. But other than that - she did add life to the characters and all in all it was an enjoyable lsiten.
I wasn't bored once and the story flew by.
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