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The Nanny Diaries Audiobook

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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    Rhonda 08-21-04
    Rhonda 08-21-04
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    "The Nanny Diaries"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Each day, as I arrived at work, I could not wait for the end of the day so I could listen to this story some more! I started listening to audiobooks during Lent to help me overcome my impatience with other drivers ... and it works! Now, I don't care how long it takes me to get somewhere!

    In the Nanny Diaries, it is amazing how wealthy people treat those they feel are "beneath" them. It is all too true, I'm sure. This is a very good listen and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty 09-05-07
    Rusty 09-05-07
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    "Well-written but entirely plotless"

    If you pick any random spot in the Nanny Diaries and listen for 10 minutes, you'll be entertained and want to hear more. The problem - these well written little scenes never go anywhere. They are tame little views into upper east side life and the life of a middle-class student working to support herself. The student/nanny (named, annoyingly, Nan) is good-hearted, the rich mother is mean, her husband, thoughtless and career-driven, and nothing changes during the course of the book. Zero character development. Don't expect a comedy as the trailers for the movie version of the book suggest. Its just cranky people bitching about their lives. Nan comes across as faintly masochistic for sticking around and by the time the end of the book shuffles around, you'll be ready to have her gone from your life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sf mommy 99 11-16-04
    sf mommy 99 11-16-04

    Love reading, hard to find the time! audible member since 2006

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    "Loved the writing, but difficult to read because"

    my heart ached for Grayer, the poor child. The saddest thing is, there are parents out there like this. Probably lots of them. As a mother of two, I wanted to find the book funny, but mostly it ripped my heart out (e.g. the scene where Grayer runs to show his dad his new red truck and his dad storms out, crying "DAAADYY WAAAAIIITTT..." Ugh, really made me cry. Anyway, the book is very well written, but I can't call it funny.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Tacoma, WA, USA 11-06-04
    Dan Tacoma, WA, USA 11-06-04
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    "Funny and Engaging"

    Give this a try if you're in the mood for good laughs and an intelligent, thoughtful and well-written novel. Excellent narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Houston 01-26-05
    D. Houston 01-26-05 Member Since 2013

    bookmusiclady

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    "Very Funny and Great Characters"

    I'm not even finished listening to this book, but I really love the narrator (Kathe Mazur). Within the first few minutes of reading, I was laughing to myself in my cubicle. I think her "EARMUFFS!!!!" outburst was hilarious. This is not usually the genre of book that I read, but I'm so glad that I did. As a mother of 2 little ones, I can relate to those who say that the message this story conveys is not at all funny, however, the book is very well written, and the narrator is quite engaging. It's a great read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Becky M. 11-13-04
    Becky M. 11-13-04
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    "This book is the gospel truth"

    I was a nanny myself and yes this actually is not uncommon at all. Its actually scary how accurate this book is to most nannies lives. When people ask me what my experience was like as a nanny I tell them to read this book. I'm so glad they wrote this book. Maybe a few eyes will be opened.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 04-04-05
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 04-04-05 Member Since 2015

    Legal Thrillers, crime, fiction. humor and a bit of management sprinkled with some self improvement. All through Audible.

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    "Terrific"

    This is book is a 100% complete experience. Superb reader, good humor, terrific characters and a dash of strong emotions. I must add that Mrs X of this book is going to come to my mind anytime see a socialite at a charity show and I hope I will be able to suppress the wide grin which will automatically appear on my face. Enjoy...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kiteromi 01-09-16
    kiteromi 01-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great Book!!!"

    The book is very heart-touching and at the same time humorous it's a great story for everyone at any age to enjoy and I recommend for people to read it at least once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Carlsbad, CA, USA 11-16-07
    Julie Carlsbad, CA, USA 11-16-07
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    "Made Me Cringe"

    An entertaining story that would be far less painful to listen to if it weren't true (in theory, anyway). Well written, well read and thought provoking, definitely worth the listener's time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Lafayette, CA, USA 10-08-06
    Mike Lafayette, CA, USA 10-08-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, but not Prada!"

    I downloaded this book, mostly because I enjoyed "The Devil Wears Prada" so much. The story line is similar: sweet, wonderful, educated, young woman being taken advantage of by a rich snob. I loved the story - but not as much as Prada. Maybe it's because I'm a mother of 2, and am pretty shocked by the culture brewing behind closed doors. All in all, a great listen though. FANTASTIC reader as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Promising start"
    What did you like best about The Nanny Diaries? What did you like least?

    The Nanny Diaries start promising: joking about rich families and their habits of wanting to be involved with their children's but not wanting to be the one's actually spending time with their kids. The story included some interesting threads, but did not work on it.

    I found the end rather disappointing. Also the Nanny shows the textbook example of good and controlled behaviour (unrealistic). It would be more realistic if the author had really let her freak out from time to time.


    Would you recommend The Nanny Diaries to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, it did not explore its full potential.


    Which character – as performed by Kathe Mazur – was your favourite?

    The main character


    Was The Nanny Diaries worth the listening time?

    I did not throw the book away, but I am also not sad to start a new book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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