Audiobook Review: Nanny Returns

Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin: CD Audiobook CoverNanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus Read by Susan Bennett

  • Pub. Date: December 2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Format: Compact Disc

New from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries , the highly anticipated sequel that picks up ten years later.

More than four million people fell in love with Nan, the smart, spirited, and sympathetic heroine of The Nanny Diaries —now she’s back. After living abroad for twelve years, she and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to make a life for themselves. In the midst of getting her new business off the ground and renovating their fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His timing simply couldn’t be worse.

To compound the mounting construction and marital chaos, her former charge, Grayer X, now sixteen years old, makes a drunken, late-night visit, wanting to know why she abandoned him all those years ago. But how can she explain to Grayer what she still hasn’t come to terms with herself? In an attempt to assuage her guilt, yet against every instinct, Nan tries to help Grayer and his younger brother, Stilton, through their parents’ brutal divorce, drawing her back into the ever-bizarre life of Mrs. X and her Upper East Side enclave of power and privilege.

After putting miles and years between herself and this world, Nan find she’s once again on the front line of the battle with the couture-clad elite for their children’s well-being.

With its whip-smart dialogue and keen observations of modern life, Nanny Returns gives a firsthand tour of what happens when a community that chose money over love finds themselves with neither.

My Thoughts:

I am going to break this review into two parts: 1. The Story Itself and 2. The Audio Portion.


Overall, this was a very interesting story that had surprises at every corner and was surprising right up until the very end.  Nan has moved back to New York after travelling with her husband’s work for quite some time.  They have purchased a house in the city that they are remodeling, well trying to because the contractor never seems to show up and things keep getting worse and worse.  Her former employers child shows up on her door step begging for help and feeling that Nan owes him since she took off in the middle of the night.  Nan commits herself to help but had not idea what she is getting herself into.  She also pick up a great pay position at a school in the city but things just don’t seem right there and it is requiring a lot of time and puts her in the position of going along with decisions she is not satisfied with.  All the while, her husband is half a world away on business.  Leaving her to deal with the house and all alone.  it is just a roller coaster  of a life that Nan is living.  

I really enjoyed the story itself, while I did have some trouble relating to some of the characters because of their outlandish lifestyle and decision they made about their children.  It really made me take a hard look and how I treat those around me.


For the most part the reader on this books was good, but at times she overacted the parts just a little bit too much.  At times, it just felt over the top which is a bit annoying for me personally.  Please understand that this is just my opinion others might not even notices it.  Good pace of reading and it was clear and flowed well.

My Rating:

 Overall, a good story if a bit annoying at times.


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