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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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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    5 out of 5 stars

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel
  • Atascadero, CA, United States
  • 01-10-11

Not what I expected

Well written, I have the feeling I'd really like the authors. It just wasn't the light, "airplane" book I'd been looking for. I know it is fiction, but it read like it was real...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Julie
  • Carlsbad, CA, USA
  • 11-16-07

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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    2 out of 5 stars

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 4 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Nanny Abuse

While I found the book enjoyable, my frustration grew as the level of abuse endured by Nanny increased throughout. The problem is, she was so abused by the Xs that it was no longer funny, and toward the end, I went from finding her to be a loving, amusing character to a downright pathetic individual who could really benefit from some counseling. In fact, her evident self-loathing-- who else would put up with this kind of abuse?-- got in the way of my enjoyment of what was otherwise a fun "listen."

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

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 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan
  • Tacoma, WA, USA
  • 11-06-04

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 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Debi
  • 01-18-18

listened 6 times already,

fantastic story and narration, loved it, listened 6 times over the last 4 or 5 times

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  • Wim
  • 06-20-13

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.