©2002 Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
"The Nanny Diaries is diabolically funny...vastly entertaining...perfectly pitched social satire." (The New York Times)
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.
No, it did not explore its full potential.
The main character
I did not throw the book away, but I am also not sad to start a new book.
"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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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."
"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.
"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.
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...
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