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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (686 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bridie Clark Narrator: Mary Birdsong Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9781594838705
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Claire Truman has spent six years at a top publishing house patiently waiting to be promoted to editor and stretching her ridiculously small salary as far as it will go. But her life is about to miraculously change. Fresh from an ugly breakup, she is dragged by her best friend to an art gallery opening where she bumps into the man she lusted after all through college: Randall Cox, a man with friends in high places.

When the top editor at a rival publishing house calls her the next morning, Claire suddenly finds herself with a new job worth three times her old salary. Unfortunately, her new boss, Vivian Grant, is even worse than the industry gossip has led her to believe. From middle-of-the-night phone calls and impossible demands to ridiculous hours and over-the-top tantrums, Vivian piles on the work … and the abuse. Now, as Claire’s new job demands more and more of her time and her soul, will Randall Cox remain her Prince Charming?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mary Birdsong…spawns a comically horrific incarnation of boss-from-hell Vivian Grant, who steamrollers over assistants, editors, agents, authors, and even corporate executives…She maintains a pit-perfect command of female banter…Listeners in the mood for some hearty laughs at the expense of a deliciously devilish workplace villain should find themselves thoroughly entertained.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Clark…nails the dark side of the vulgar, spiteful boss archetype…Those in the Page Six and Lloyd Grove set will appreciate this devilish read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mary Birdsong is the perfect narrator for this comic romp…Can’t help but delight anyone who’s ever fantasized about working in New York or brushed up against social climbers.”

    AudioFile

  • “Devilishly funny…This entertaining novel rises above…on the strength of its humor—Vivian’s vitriolic tantrums are laugh-out-loud funny.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Azita | 2/20/2014

    " Because She Can is about a 20-something women who works for a horrific boss in publishing. This book was o.k. I like the "Overnight Socialite" also by Birdie Clark a lot more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mika Cory | 1/24/2014

    " Mirip2 devil wears prada, tp ini di bidang editor dan publisher buku. Kyny bagus dijadikan film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Westbrook | 1/22/2014

    " Innocent girl in publishing company has CRAZY boss from hell!!!! Reminded me of Devil wears Prada. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aline | 1/21/2014

    " Predictable plot in the mold of The Devil Wears Prada, albeit set in the publishing world. Ending could have offered more of a resolution. But it was a fun and quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 12/29/2013

    " It's not that this was a bad book -- not at all. Perhaps I've just grown away from the bad-boss-chicklit genre, because reading about *this* particular bad boss just struck me as more sad and stressful than funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 12/12/2013

    " Clare thinks she has it all when she lands the dream job and the dreamboat from her college days but she has lots to learn about herself and the world of publishing. You've seen these characters in real people many times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 12/3/2013

    " Loved this more than Devil Wears . . . Loved that Bridie Clark grew up in West Hartford, CT even more since I grew up in the next town but a "few" years before her!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen Rings | 11/29/2013

    " Chick lit set in Manhattan--my favorite! Kind of a "The Devil Wears Prada" set in the publishing world. Not as satisfying as "devil" but still fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 10/26/2013

    " Not bad for the genre, not as good as The Devil Wears Prada, but better than much in the Chick-lit group. Characters development is pretty good and the story line moves along. Nothing earth shattering or hidden truths, but a fairly good summer beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/6/2013

    " chick lit at its best "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 10/3/2013

    " Picked this book up for a beach read. it was ok, nothing spectacular, just an easy read that was kinda funny at points "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 9/28/2013

    " Very similar to the book Devil Wears Prada except set in the job market of book editing rather than fashion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 9/20/2013

    " A fun, easy read, though the end is made pretty clear from the first couple of pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suchadiva | 6/3/2013

    " A cute romantic comedy and a fun diversion. Definitely a fast read, not one that you need to think to much about. This would be a good road trip or plane novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamalina | 5/27/2013

    " Great Chick Lit in the mannor of Devil Wears Prada "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/17/2013

    " This was my "therapy" for dealing with my high strung "Devil-Wears-Prada-Like" boss! I enjoyed reading about someone else going through what I very much did! And still look fabulous in stilhettos! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Covey | 2/13/2013

    " Why do intelligent adults put up with abuse from people when they have other options? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sangeeta | 9/20/2012

    " So far, so The Devil Wears Prada. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 5/10/2012

    " Cute chic lit. Light read and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina | 4/11/2012

    " Loved this insider tell-all about book publishing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kourtney | 2/11/2012

    " This book is a Devil Wears Prada knockoff, down to the evil boss and the main character who wants to stick it out for one year. I still enjoyed the story and look forward to reading her other stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Fyke | 1/12/2012

    " Female editor combats a powerful publisher. Not good enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancye | 6/19/2011

    " Read for E's thesis project on chick lit. Light and fun. Beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 5/11/2011

    " Innocent girl in publishing company has CRAZY boss from hell!!!! Reminded me of Devil wears Prada. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zhana | 4/1/2011

    " It's an easy to read book. I didn't love it but it was interesting. The main character - Clair, was weak in my opinion. The thing I like the most about this book is that every chapter is a title of a book which I think is very original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yannick | 1/2/2011

    " Definitely worth re-reading again and again and again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 12/3/2010

    " Chick lit set in Manhattan--my favorite! Kind of a "The Devil Wears Prada" set in the publishing world. Not as satisfying as "devil" but still fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kourtney | 12/2/2010

    " This book is a Devil Wears Prada knockoff, down to the evil boss and the main character who wants to stick it out for one year. I still enjoyed the story and look forward to reading her other stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Azita | 9/18/2010

    " Because She Can is about a 20-something women who works for a horrific boss in publishing. This book was o.k. I like the "Overnight Socialite" also by Birdie Clark a lot more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 8/9/2010

    " Quick, easy read that was fun TO read and was edited nicely. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kmcclanathan | 5/24/2010

    " Funny, quick read about a boss who is an utter B*tch "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patricia | 4/14/2010

    " This book was just too harsh for me and there seemed to be a lot of swearing. I gave it up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 F Tessa | 3/30/2010

    " Only okay chick lit. Formulaic. Needs editing. A poor relation to "The Devil Wears Prada." "

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About the Author
Author Bridie Clark

Bridie Clark was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Harvard College and has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, New York magazine, Quest, and Elegant Bride. Her first novel, Because She Can, was published in nineteen countries and featured in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and Glamour. Her other works include The Overnight Socialite and The Gawker Guide to Conquering All Media. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.