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The Princess Diaries: The Princess Diaries Volume 1 | [Meg Cabot]

The Princess Diaries: The Princess Diaries Volume 1

She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom. News flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo always meets her at the airport!) Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.) Shock of the century: Like it or not, Mia is prime princess material.
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Publisher's Summary

She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom...

News flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo always meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the century: Like it or not, Mia is prime princess material.

The worst part: Princess lessons from her dreaded grandmere, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty, no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?

Listen to the whole Princess Diaries series.

©2000 Meggin Cabot; (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Hathaway's charming impudence and high energy will thoroughly engage listeners from middle school through adulthood." (AudioFile)
"A classic makeover tale souped up on imperial steroids." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mark Decatur, AL, USA 01-08-04
    Mark Decatur, AL, USA 01-08-04
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    "Does not belong in the 7 and under catagory!"

    I bought this for my daughters (4 and 6). Luckily they lost interest before the discussion of the conditions that would have to be met before she lost her virginity. The book is more interesting than the movie, but not as inocent.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Kenmore, WA, United States 12-18-10
    Ryan Kenmore, WA, United States 12-18-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing!!!!!"

    This is an amazing book. Do not be fooled by the movie this is WAY better!!! It may have a sappy tital and a pinkish aperance but it is an amazing book that any non-girly-girl will LOVE!!! As for all the reviews about it is a bad book for young girls, I think its just fine. Im 11 and loved it, but I guess you shouldnt let a 7-year old listen to it. Overall, AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn C Hall 05-19-15
    Dawn C Hall 05-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Anne Hathaway should narrate every book!"

    A great (and quick!) read. Mia's obliviousness is not over the top and adds amusement to an already fun and entertaining story. After listening- I now believe that Anne Hathaway should narrate every female-lead story from here until audio books end. The best I've heard in a long time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wm. Concrete, WA, United States 03-28-04
    Wm. Concrete, WA, United States 03-28-04 Member Since 2005
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    "excrellent narration"

    First, get all three books! They tie together seamlessly.
    Very funny.
    Ann Hathaway's reading is superb. She puts you right into the character and her situations. She is able to change her voice to the point that it seems there are at least 3 different readers..
    The only down side to the books is the poor girl's obsessions with her figure (or lack of one), and "French kissing". Despite these negatives, I rate this as excellent family listening. Even our 12 year-old son was hoping there would be more books in this series.

    My wife adds that even after having seen the movie first it made the book even more enjoyable because the casting of the movie was not that far off for each of the characters except for Gran mere. We will definitely be listening to this book many more times.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ANDERSON DA FONSECA PAVAO 07-26-15
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    "Very good"

    The book is quite nice and Anne Hathaway is fantastic! I need the sequel now!

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    Erin Lake Charles, LA, United States 07-02-15
    Erin Lake Charles, LA, United States 07-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Cute and funny!"

    Narrator is AMAZING!! Story is so fun for 7th-9th grade girls. Giving 4 stars since the allusions are a little dated for today's audience.

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    "The Princess Diaries"

    I like the story it's light listening when the world gets a little too heavy. . VERY entertaining.

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    Mary Anne 01-03-15
    Mary Anne 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It was good!"

    This book was very moving. Mabey next time you could add a flying kiwi or any other flying fruit to give this book flare! I loved it!

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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 10-05-14
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "Laugh out loud"

    Setting: contemporary NY, NY
    Genre: YA situation comedy
    I enjoyed this book about a too-thin, too-tall, flat-chested 14 year old girl trying to adjust to high school, along with her smart, bossy best friend Lily. Her mother has given her a diary through which the entire story is told. She details her issues of liking the popular boy, being talked down to by his snotty cheerleader girlfriend, and dealing with the difficulties of algebra. Then her life gets really challenging when she learns that she is actually the heir to the throne of a tiny European principality.
    I really liked the protagonist, Mia. Other characters were interesting as well, though I wouldn't say any of them were particularly well-developed. Of course, this is the first of a series, so they will likely be fleshed out in succeeding books.
    What I didn't like about the book is the poor role-model Mia makes for girls. Am I being too much of a feminist when I cringe at her problems with math and how it takes a boy to help her understand? Or that her algebra teacher bumps her grade up to a D because he is dating her mom? I totally understand the adolescent angst of dealing with social anxiety, coupled with the horrors of finding out that she has to learn to dress and act like a princess. What I don't understand is why Ms Cabot felt the need to go stereotypical with girls and math. It would have been just as funny, if not more so, had her school difficulties been in geography. At any rate, aside from that issue, this was a fun listen that provided lots of laughs, and Anne Hathaway's performance was excellent.

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    JuneParmer South Carolina 06-04-13
    JuneParmer South Carolina 06-04-13

    I'm all about challenging myself lately so I'm using books to do that. They inspire & engage me so I can see what works. Reading is my life.

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    "Love it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Princess Diaries to be better than the print version?

    It's been a while since I have read the book but I did like Anne Hathaway's performance. She did a really good job but the book was just as fun to read too.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The best part about Meg Cabot as an author is that she will make you burst out laughing. She is witty and fun to listen to or read. This book will make you smile a lot but you still connect to the character really well.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have seen the movie STILL read this book. It's funny, smart, and still to this day one of my favorite books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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