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The Nanny Diaries Audiobook

The Nanny Diaries

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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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    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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 07-14-17
    Cheryl 07-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Awful"

    I have only myself to blame-plenty of reviews discussed how bad this book is. Hopefully my two cents will save others from wasting a credit.
    There is no story here at all. It's a long diatribe on how awful the X family is, sprinkled with really tedious and not interesting snippets about Nan's school woes (getting a dissertation done), her family, an annoying roommate situation and a romantic interest. What's really frustrating is that the listener spends the entire book listening to how miserable the Nanny's situation is, and nothing happens to resolve things or make us feel like she got justice or learned something from the experience. It just ends! By the 2/3 mark, I hated all of the characters - the Xes for being jerks, the Nan for allowing herself to be treated so poorly. I only stuck it out hoping for an eventful ending. Totally unsatisfying. And a complete downer. (Interesting to note-the film adaptation, which was also not well reviewed, gave the story more of an ending and eliminated all of the distractions about school and roommates so at least someone with creative influence noticed the flaws in the story).
    The narrator was also terrible. No range, impossible to tell who was speaking. And her droll voice just made this a bigger bummer.
    Don't waste your time or money - that's 9 hours of my life I will never get back!!!

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    Amazon Customer 05-24-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Willl read again and again"

    Let's start by saying I read this book for the first time when I was ten, but that was the abridged version. I loved it and read it many times. The next year I discovered this version and bought it. I was, and probably still am, too young and inexperienced to really relate to this book, but I do find it enjoyable and heart wrenching. At first I didn't want to believe that there were families like the one in this book, but have come to accept it. I think this book does a great job showing what life can really be like for some, and how different from our own. It also makes us appreciate the parents I was given. I think anyone looking for an enjoyable read would like this, as long as you don't mind bursting into tears at several points.

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    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 01-10-11
    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 01-10-11 Member Since 2016

    I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.

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    "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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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Canby, OR, USA 01-15-08
    Mary Canby, OR, USA 01-15-08 Member Since 2016
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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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Costa Mesa, CA, United States 11-21-07
    Lori Costa Mesa, CA, United States 11-21-07

    I like to listen to books while doing long runs during marathon training!

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    "Totally bored!"

    This was the most boring book I have ever listened to. Ugh. If you like listening to baby talk and whining you might like it...otherwise, find something else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 09-21-07
    Janet 09-21-07 Member Since 2015
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    "tragic"

    Ok, this book was supposed to be funny. I never laughed. I found it terribly sad. I hoped I could find the humor but I just couldn't. How horrible, the boy is 4, desperately loves the parents he never sees. Desperately loves his nannys that his mom keeps firing... i just don't get it. I think this is not for Mom's who raise their own children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Pomfret Center, CT, USA 09-16-07
    Terry Pomfret Center, CT, USA 09-16-07
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    "Entertaining, Thoughtful"

    This was a fast read. I loved some characters (you know who), despised others (ditto), and never changed my mind. No hidden agendas there, for sure. I understood Nanny's agonizing involvement, tolerating the abusive treatment of nasty Mrs X (but at one time feeling compassion for the woman!), while ignoring the advice of those who cared for her. She said it over & over, "What would happen to Grayer"? She loved him dearly, and couldn't leave him. Simple as that. She became emotionally involved. I don't believe it was masochistic behavior; just kindness, which she hoped mattered. Plus, this was her job; this was the way she earned her money while going to school. She felt she could make good wages (when she didn't get stiffed). She stuck it out, enduring working for the horrible Xs. Who hasn't done that? But she knew it wouldn't be forever. I enjoyed the humor concerning the "summer rental" (chipped mugs, sloped bedroom ceiling) at Nantucket. We all know those cottages. Nanny's place in the car under the canoe (which never changed!) fit right in. I didn't miss the small part where Mr X smiled, and Nanny glimpsed Grayer's likeness for such a fleeting moment; Mr. X had once been, as Grayer is now. Then it was gone. Only, Mr. X never had Nanny. Kathe Mazur, as reader, was great. One of the best I've ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mia Silver Spring, MD, USA 09-11-07
    Mia Silver Spring, MD, USA 09-11-07
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    "Entertaining, yet sad"

    This is a witty, well-written story that provides a peek into life of well-to-do families and how differently parenting is handled by these families. The narration is great, making it a book I really enjoyed listening to. At the same time, it is a sad story. As a child psychologist and a mother, I really felt for the children in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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