Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser)

Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser)

by Jayne Amelia Larson
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Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected to read much more about the Saudi family and much less about how the author was "almost famous".  Most of the story is about how she was so talented and ended up as a chauffeur. Ug
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book title, which includes "Tale", suggests some gossipy information, in my humble opinion. This was a story that chased it's tail. I found it a difficult read as the story was very unorganized. The author wrote quite a bit about Saudi history. I don't know what else to say, I felt defrauded upon trying to read this book. I have never, ever felt so strongly the need to pre-warn readers my opinion about a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sensitive and beautifully written account of an experience unknown to many that bridges a vast cultural gap in a most unexpected way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s been hard to find good books lately. The kind that I sit down and devour right there and then until it’s over. But from time to time I get lucky. “Driving the Saudis”  by Jayne Amelia Larson is one of those books.  It tells the story of an educated woman that becomes a chauffeur in Los Angeles to make ends meet between creative projects. That’s how she got to drive the Saudi Arabia Royal family during their lavish vacation in the City of Angels. Why Los Angeles I wondered? To shop and visit some of the best plastic surgeons in the world. And for what I ask myself? When they’re in Saudi Arabia they have to be covered up to the eyes, no one sees them, much less the beautiful items they buy by the millions of dollars and are hidden under the chadors. What’s the purpose? But no matter the culture or country, women always want to look good, even if it’s only for themselves. The Saudi princesses also shop because there are not that many activities that they can do and are able to choose for themselves. Everything is chosen for them since birth. But these princesses are not easy to please. They have more demands than the Kardashians and have several servants that follow them around attending to their every need. Upsetting them will cost anyone their job but abiding to their antics sometimes is almost impossible. Jayne Amelia, the always ready chauffeur and writer of the book becomes a superstar and overachiever, procuring over 50 bras all over Los Angeles and finding successfully every weird item that they demand pleasing the ladies and making sure the royal tip that the Saudi’s are famous for would be handsome at the end of their stay.  The book also let us see the hard reality behind their lavish lifestyle. These women are trapped and dominated by a male supremacy, first their fathers and then their husbands. Their worth depends on how many male children they can give birth to. They’re not able to drive (Saudi Arabia is the only country that prohibits women from driving) get education, medical procedures or even go for a swim without male supervision and permission.  This is an extremely entertaining book that gives a glimpse of a life so foreign to us. It’s entertaining and heartfelt. And the fact that is a true story makes even more attractive. It also let us see that one can own all the money in the world and it doesn’t mean anything. It can’t buy free will or love. Pick it up and read it. It will make your day. 
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I thought this book was both entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time. Getting a glimpse into the lives of the very rich Saudi royals is intriguing. But I also found myself asking "what would I do," if I were in the author's shoes. What would I say? And that's really the value of the book—to ride along with Larson and have to reflect on our own culpabilities and compromises.
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Driving the Saudis is not great literature and none of the characters are well developed with the possible exception of the narrator who is the main character. It is fun to read and it is fairly short. It touches lightly on some big ideas related to gender inequality and thus provides some food for thought.
filmgirl26 More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud many times and really enjoyed this book. It is well written, engaging, moving and thought provoking. Driving the Saudis invites you into a world rarely seen by outsiders. I highly recommend this delightful book.
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Ms. Larsen intertwines the tale of her experience as chauffeur to the Saudi Royal family with snippets from her own life and throws in some Middle Eastern history for good measure. This is done in a delightful, easy to read format that is both funny and poignant. There are lessons to be learned and the irony of women who spend a virtual fortune on couture and surgical enhancements yet must be covered in their homeland. This book is a splendid gift idea.
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VyGrant More than 1 year ago
Elegantly written and an easy read about a difficult subject. Offers an unusual blend of humor, social commentary, wit and compassion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very thoughtful and interesting read!