The Nanny Diaries

  • by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
  • Narrated by Julia Roberts
  • 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Who wouldn't want this job? Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic studio apartment, Nanny takes a position caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved to ensure that a Park Avenue wife who doesn't work, cook, clean, or raise her own child has a smooth day.When the Xes' marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste. Her tenure with the X family becomes a nearly impossible mission to maintain the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity, and, most important, her sense of humor. Over nine tense months Mrs. X and Nanny perform the age-old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude.The Nanny Diaries deftly skewers the manner in which America's overprivileged raise les petites overprivileged - as if grooming them for a Best in Show competition. Written by two former nannies, this alternately comic and poignant satire punctures the glamour of Manhattan's upper class.

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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." (New York Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Depressing

There is not enough humor in this book to be considered satire. It comes off as resentful and depressing. The whole nanny situation seems a sad state of affairs.
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- meandmommy

Bitter

I expected to find the story entertaining, but instead I found it depressing and bitter. The quality of the reading (Julia Roberts) and recording were good.
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- Ellen Spertus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio