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The Nanny Diaries | [Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus]

The Nanny Diaries

What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.
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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear. The symbiotic relationship between parent and nanny ensures that your life will be spent anticipating and fulfilling the needs of your charge and your employer. Have fun! The readers of this book certainly will.

©2002 Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Chick Lit Novel, 2002

"The Nanny Diaries is diabolically funny...vastly entertaining...perfectly pitched social satire." (The New York Times)

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    Suzanne H NYC 02-26-07
    Suzanne H NYC 02-26-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Entertaining!"

    This was a fun and entertaining audiobook to listen to. The reader was great, I felt like a good friend was telling me the story. I laughed a lot, but I was just so sad for "Grover". The ending was perfect. Recommended!

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    Joanna New York, NY, USA 06-20-05
    Joanna New York, NY, USA 06-20-05
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    "Very true, sometimes sad, never boring!"

    The depiction of the X family in the upper east side in Manhattan is very realistic, sometimes sad, but the story telling is fast and always entertaining. I recommend the unabridged version; the abridged recording is cutting out lots of poignant observations to make place for the storytelling. Go for the unabridged version, you'll get the story with its fuller picture, and the reader, Kathe Mazur, is also much better storyteller than Julia Roberts for this particular book, making all the characters come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Massimilian Torino, N/A, Italy 09-30-04
    Massimilian Torino, N/A, Italy 09-30-04
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    "Great reader!"

    I think this book is a nice story, half invented and half true probably, but the value of this audiobook is absolutely the reader! Miss or Mrs Mazur do a fantastic work, with voices and musicality, giving each word a meaning. I think I'll buy other books read buy Kate Mazur.
    My advice is you have to listen to this one just for have some hours of fun without getting involved in strong themes, even if at the end of this read you are leaved to think to a lot of things! Thats absolutely my advice!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sonya Triangle, VA, USA 03-08-08
    Sonya Triangle, VA, USA 03-08-08
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    "Loved it"

    I really liked this book. I decided to read it after hearing about the movie. I like books that are written in first person. Makes it feel like they are talking directly to me as a friend.

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    Nikkola The Rock, Australia 02-01-08
    Nikkola The Rock, Australia 02-01-08
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    "Funny and entertaining"

    This book is similar to The Devil Wears Prada. So if you enjoyed that this one is worth listening to. The narration is well done.

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    Mary Canby, OR, USA 01-15-08
    Mary Canby, OR, USA 01-15-08 Member Since 2005
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    "good insight"

    I really like the way this read. . . but I am afraid to watch the movie. Having a daughter that was a nanny in the boston area I can totally relate to the stories and struggles.
    Good read

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    Bernadette Cedar Park, TX, USA 09-14-07
    Bernadette Cedar Park, TX, USA 09-14-07
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    "Exasperating"

    I found the main character quite pathetic and could not get over her weakness in the face of the monstrous personalities she invited into her life. This character flaw was too overwhelming and it prevented me from enjoying the great narration by Kate Mazur.

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    J. McGovern Las Vegas 05-19-08
    J. McGovern Las Vegas 05-19-08 Member Since 2006
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    "No Nanny for Me"

    I throughly disliked this book. While it tried to come off as funny, in reality it showed us what pathetic parenting is out there.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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