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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (726 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fiona Neill Narrator: Alison Larkin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781452678948
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It's the summer of 2008. For the past decade, Nick and Bryony Skinner and their four children have ridden high on the economic boom, but their luck is about to run out. Suddenly, the privileged family finds itself at the center of a financial scandal:Their Central London house is besieged by the press, Nick disappears, and Bryony and the children become virtual prisoners in their own home. And Ali, their trusted nanny, watches it all. As the babysitter, she brings a unique insider-outsider perspective to the family, seeing far more than even the family itself is capable of. But when a reporter with a personal connection to the story comes asking her for the inside scoop, will Ali remain loyal to the family who never saw her as anything other than the help? Or will she tell her side?Written with Fiona Neill's delicious humor and addictive style, What the Nanny Saw is a keenly observed, often comical chronicle of the urban wealthy elite, of parents who are often too busy to notice what is going on under their own noses, of children left to their own devices, and of a young nanny thrown into a role she doesn't know how to play. It is a morality tale of our time, a tale of betrayal, the corrosive influence of too much money, and why good people sometimes do bad things. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • After an uberwealthy London family gets embroiled in a financial scandal following the 2008 crash, the trusted babysitter is the one holding all the secrets. Neill's engrossing and funny novel lives up to the titillating title. Entertainment Weekly
  • “[Fiona Neill] mixes delicious high-roller tidbits with well-rendered characters who illustrate whyand howthe rich are different.”

    People

  • “After an uberwealthy London family gets embroiled in a financial scandal following the 2008 crash, the trusted babysitter is the one holding all the secrets. Neill’s engrossing and funny novel lives up to the titillating title.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Readers expecting a salacious, lighthearted romp, as anything with the word ‘nanny’ in the title might suggest, will find that Neill has something more substantive and biting in mind.”

    Booklist

  • “Neill’s engrossing tale makes for an addictive read, and one can only keep turning the pages to get to the inescapable conclusion.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Lampe | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this book very much though it was a slog getting started. I always like stories about the very rich and those who deal with them. The plot was well done, entwining the fiscal crisis and the family crisis. Interesting to learn something about nannies too. Overall, once I got into it, I had a hard time putting it down. Always wondering till the very last what the nanny did see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NC | 2/13/2014

    " I listened to the Tantor media audio edition of this book. I received it as a gift from the publisher. I enjoyed it a lot. Very good narrator. Very timely plot. Interesting look inside the lives of the rich and super rich. I enjoyed the characters. They were very full and felt very real. Good solid book. Wonderful audio presentation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph Brown | 2/8/2014

    " This book was an OK read, though the main character Ali was not very believable and I felt the author was using the characters in her own way, rather than staying true to them as "individuals" if that makes sense. It was one of those books that you kind of feel you have read before as it has many cliches, but its an OK "switch your brain off" type of read. However, I have to say that whilst I am not a prude, I do hate the use of the "c" word (the 4 letter one!) in a book, and it lent nothing to this book to use it more than once - like the author was just putting it in for the sake of it, which was disappointing and unnecessary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl Hendricks | 2/5/2014

    " Couldn't get interested in this book and finally gave up and quit reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Bussey | 2/2/2014

    " I appreciated the writing and the story line. At times I wished there was a bit more tension in the story to move it along. I am glad it had the foreshadowing in the beginning of the arrest and her providing information to a reporter or it may not have kept me intrigued until the end. In the end I was glad that I finished it and felt that the ending was realistic. I did find all the literary references a bit strange (or maybe just a bit over done. She was a literature major but that along with the financial information seemed to be more of an insert from Wikipedia or somewhere rather than it seamlessly flowing with the plot. Overall a good read that I would recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 1/28/2014

    " Quick review: not loving it. The other lukewarm reviews express it well. I bought it, I wanted to like it, but I am finding it tedious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phil Kewley | 1/23/2014

    " An interesting enough story but I didn't connect with characters enough to enjoy it. I think cutting a couple of hundred pages would have created a livelier paced novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristie Helms | 1/15/2014

    " It took me 2-3 months to read this book and I have no idea why I kept trying with it. Not horribly written, not great. Not a horrible plot, not great. Not entirely loveable characters, but not horrid either. Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 1/1/2014

    " it was ok, i got really into it, but then was a bit disappointed with the ending. still worth a read though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 12/22/2013

    " The inner workings of a rich family in London from the nanny's point of view was interesting enough reading. I didn't find the analysis of the banking meltdown that compelling, and feel the book could have been about 200 pages shorter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 12/4/2013

    " I was a big fan of SLUMMY MUMMY so I have been really looking forward to reading this book. It was excellent. I loved all the characters and I especially liked how the plot developed. By the end, I was completely sucked in. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 12/4/2013

    " really slow, too many unnecessary details, but picked up at the end. I skimmed a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Apatters | 9/21/2013

    " Enjoyable - listened to it on CD and narrator was particularly good - actually learned a lot about banks collapsing in 2008. Ended somewhat abruptly though and seemed a bit rushed at end to wrap things up - almost needed a sequel "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Winnick | 8/20/2013

    " I wanted to like this book. It was slow moving and the ending was pretty anticlimactic. I wanted more twists and turns and less backstory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Singley | 6/20/2013

    " Fluctuated between boring and intriguing. What the nanny ultimately saw was not a big reveal. Poorly named, more like The Nanny Diaries 2. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 5/7/2013

    " Pretty boring and badly written. Thought it would be a fun summer read and it wasn't worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 4/2/2013

    " This book held my interest however it rates an F in character development. So many books these days are so surface-y when it comes to characters and this one is no different. I felt mostly indifferent to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristine | 3/11/2013

    " Interesting perspective. Good character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fiona | 12/31/2012

    " Didn't enjoy the detailed financial mumbo jumbo, I don't think that added much to the story. I was a bit disappointed as it sounded like a good chick lit read but it none of the characters were really that likable and I wasn't really caring about what happened to them after the big "scandal". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Mulder | 9/29/2012

    " This was a book about the financial crash of 2008, but was mostly about families, class, relationships, gender roles and more. Very thought-provoking with some funniness thrown in. I liked it very much. It would make a great book discussion book. "

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About the Author

Fiona Neill is a novelist and a journalist. Her previous novel, Slummy Mummy, based on her hugely popular column in the London Times, was widely acclaimed and went on to become a Sunday Times bestseller that sold in twenty-five countries. Neill lives in North London with her husband and three children.

About the Narrator

Alison Larkin is a playwright, stage actress, stand-up comic, voice artist, and Earphones Award–winning narrator whose wide range of voices can be heard in cartoons and movies, including Pocahontas and The Wonder Pets.