• The Princess Diaries

  • The Princess Diaries Volume 1
  • By: Meg Cabot
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (787 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $21.27

Buy for $21.27

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)  

What listeners say about The Princess Diaries

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    550
  • 4 Stars
    165
  • 3 Stars
    45
  • 2 Stars
    17
  • 1 Stars
    10
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    528
  • 4 Stars
    62
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    411
  • 4 Stars
    130
  • 3 Stars
    46
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    4

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

27 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

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!!!!!!!!!!

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

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 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

A little cheese with that whine?

I bought this for my 10 year old daughter because we liked the movie so much. I'm glad I listened to it first. I suppose the whining of the main character would be fine for a young reader, but the references to testicle cancer, mother having a man sleep over, french kissing, and loss of virginity are not. This one will not make it to her ipod.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Amazing!!!

This book is amazing! Although definitely not very child friendly. Although would not recommend for a younger audience.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Very good

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

different but still fun

The tone was a little younger than I expected, but I still enjoyed it. I'm such a fan of the movies, I wanted to compare them with the books. Definitely very different, but I liked the differences. I think this book would have been so fun for 14 year old me as it really did put me back into my teen years and how important everything seems to be in the moment. I'm excited to see how the next one will be!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Would Reccomend to Any Teen (Not Just Girls)

I am about halfway through the series, listening on and off. this book is definitely a classic! I used to watch the movies all the time when I was littler and still love them today. Anne Hathaway was perfect for the movie and her narration was great here.

Grandmere is such a character and I think she is so much better in the books. The series is just fun and my advice is to just not take the plot too seriously. Princess diaries isn't great literature but anyone can relate to Princess Mia's insecurities. I am rooting for her! My favorite character is Tina. She is such a loyal friend.

Sometime's I have to take a break from this book because I think it can be a bit repetitive and I'm just looking for something a little bit deeper. I would recommend for any teenager looking for a light read you can relate to.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kaitlyn
  • Kaitlyn
  • 07-31-19

Loved it!

Loving this book, better then the movie. Anne Hathaway is A godsend 😍 Can't wait to read the rest.