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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Cheever Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9781470324193
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The new nanny is perfect. A natural with children, a whiz in the kitchen, and a talented painter, the only thing Miss Washington can’t seem to do is make a mistake. But when Stuart Cross loses his editing job and decides to write the great American novel, the nanny’s excellence quickly becomes a sore spot.

Stuart, paralyzed by writer’s block, envies her impending artistic success; his wife Andie doesn’t trust her and wishes she could stay home with their daughters; and on top of that, even a mention of the nanny’s old boyfriend, ex-con Toussaint, makes the local police uneasy. The heightening jealousy and resentment that the parents feel toward their surrogate sets into motion a chain of unexpected events and surprising reversals that will end, less than a week later, in a suspected kidnapping, a half-million-dollar book deal, and the unpleasant question of just who, exactly, the guilty party is.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Scathing…Like a literary Nanny Diaries told from the perspective of beleaguered parents, Cheever’s tart tale skewers its protagonists’ ambition, materialism, literary pretensions, and sheltered lives…Satisfying.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A twisted and gripping listen written by someone who understands the machinations of modern culture.”


  • “Biting humor and witty dialogue create a satirical tone that complements the disturbing story. This book first appears light and carefree and then packs a wallop, before wrapping everything up in an uneven, lopsided way.”

    Library Journal

  • “Topsy-turvy…An immensely funny and sharp account of the vanity of human wishes.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Far too few people know that Benjamin Cheever is America’s best comic novelist. He can make a reader laugh out loud, but his purposes are serious, and his humor, like Waugh’s, derives from an awareness of the darker tendencies of human nature.”

    Alec Wilkinson, author of My Mentor and Mr. Apology and Other Essays

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anderson | 11/7/2013

    " So far the story is just unfolding and the characters are mildly interesting although some details are cliche but maybe I'll find out why as I continue reading.... "

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

    " I really wanted to love this book, as I dig Cheever's book on running, called "Strides." But I didn't. I read until the end, though, so it had some suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 9/25/2013

    " This book was witty and satirical and truly suspenseful and dark until the last bit, when Cheever lost me. It got almost melodramatic, lost its amazing spark and humor and went from 6 out of 5 to 4 out of 5. Still highly recommended, but don't read it for the ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nita Van damme | 9/16/2013

    " Well, this was a very strange book. It gives new meaning to the term self-centered. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 9/2/2013

    " I wish I'd given up on this book early on, when the female half of the couple got hysterical for no good reason. That way I wouldn't have been around at the end when the male half did the same damn thing. Bah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/8/2013

    " Lame ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 2/16/2013

    " Dark and slightly moronic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 12/6/2012

    " Supposed to be a "black comedy" but not very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 9/27/2012

    " Very interesting story. Surprises throughout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 9/8/2012

    " I fully agree with other readers that this was more of a parody/black humour sort of book, but it was done in such a way that I was bored and skipped to the end. The twist at the end was ridiculous. "

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About the Author

Benjamin Cheever, son of the novelist John Cheever, is the author of four adult fiction novels, one children’s book, and two nonfiction books.  He has also been an editor at Reader’s Digest and a newspaper reporter for the New York Times, Nation, and New Yorker. He has taught at The New School for Social Research and the Benning MFA program and has hosted a television show called About Writing. He lives in Pleasantville, New York, with his wife and sons.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.