The Ivy Chronicles

  • by Karen Quinn
  • Narrated by Julia Gibson
  • 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.Ivy Ames, 40-something mother of two, loses her high-flying job (to downsizing) and her husband (to their neighbor) in the same day. To pay for her daughters' private schooling, she starts a new business helping wealthy Manhattanites get their resume-toting youngsters into the best kindergartens. Soon her clients include media moguls, mob bosses, and a lesbian couple that believes their adopted African-American disabled son is "the triple crown of diversity" who schools will clamor to enroll.
Prepare to laugh uncontrollably, and possibly be a little frightened, by this witty look at our sometimes preposterous society.

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What the Critics Say

"A guilty pleasure worth indulging." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print

If I had picked this book up in print form, I probably would never have finished reading it. The main character, Ivy, is rather unappealing and the story is filled with lots of improbable happenings. However, it worked well as an audiobook and I enjoyed listening to it while working out on the treadmill at the gym. It had humorous moments with some interesting characters. The main problem with the audio was the narrator's voice, which was rather high pitched and whiny.
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- Vicki

Painfully shallow

I was expecting a fun bit of fluff based on the reviews. Instead, this book was a series of negative gender and racial stereotypes. The main character lies and manipulates her way through her life. She mocks her good friend's physical shortcomings, and goes on about other hating other women's perfect bodies. She worries about being pretty and skinny, and likes having a strong man around. Every character is evaluated by their income and possessions. The story moves briskly along, but its one nails dragging across the chalkboard moment after another. She doesn't really learn, as much as she is finally backed into a corner. A nice corner. I can see how this might have been funny if she was balls out evil, but we seem to be supposed to believe, as she and her friends do, that she is actually a nice person inside. Yech! 12 hours of this was way too much!
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- Rusty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2005
  • Publisher: Recorded Books