Audio Review: Queen of Babble Gets Hitched (Queen of Babble #3) by Meg Cabot

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From Goodreads:

Big mouth. Big heart.

Big wedding. Big problems.

It’s the wedding of the century!

Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she loves in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of her life, Jean-Luc, has finally proposed. Life’s become a dizzying whirl of wedding gown fittings—not necessarily her own—as Lizzie prepares for her dream wedding at her fiancé’s château in the south of France.

But the dream soon becomes a nightmare as the best man—whom Lizzie might once have accidentally slept with . . . no, really, just slept—announces his total lack of support for the couple, a sentiment the maid of honor happens to second; Lizzie’s Midwestern family can’t understand why she doesn’t want to have her wedding in the family backyard; her future, oh-so-proper French in-laws seem to be slowly trying to lure the groom away from medical school and back into investment banking; and Lizzie finds herself wondering if her Prince Charming really is as charming as she once believed.

Is Lizzie really ready to embrace her new role as wife and mistress of Château Mirac? Or is she destined to fall into another man’s arms . . . and into the trap of becoming a Bad Girl instead?

 

Review…

This was my very first audio book (that wasn’t a children’s story!)!! In this review, I’ll mostly be sharing my thoughts on my first audio experience. It’s hard for me to review the actual story without giving spoilers, and I don’t want any spoilers because this is the conclusion to the Queen of Babble series.

“Remember… life is short. Each moment you have is precious. Treasure every second. Don’t spend them doing anything you don’t love.”

When I first started listening to this audio, I wasn’t sure if I would make it all the way through! It took me awhile to get used to the narrator, her voice just wasn’t what I expected for the main character Lizzie Nichols and her thoughts. As I continued to listen, I got used to her voice and got into the story more. However, I didn’t always care for her way of doing the other characters’ voices. Some were annoying and some were funny! I couldn’t help but laugh at the narrator’s accent for the French characters in the story – but I don’t think it was supposed to be funny!

 “It’s truly weird how everyone just thinks they can bring me Diet Coke and everything will be okay. Especially since it’s pretty much true.”

I found it easier to listen to the audio while driving, and there were times I would sit in my car a few extra minutes to finish the chapter, LOL! Since I was using Overdrive via my local library, I was using the app on my phone to listen. It worked great! However, it was hard for me to listen to the audio book while doing other activities (cooking, cleaning, etc) because I would get distracted – which was what I thought might happen. Either I would be busy focusing on my activity, & then I realized I missed something on the audio (& then have to go back & listen again) or I would get into the story & forget what else I was supposed to be doing! Listening while driving was great, though!

I think my first audio book attempt was a success for the most part, & I’m looking forward to trying another! I still prefer actually reading the books more, though, so audio books will just be an occasional thing for me!

 “And you can’t have two stars in one relationship. Somebody has to be willing to be the wagon…at lease some of the time.”

Just a few thoughts about the story itself – I liked this final book in the series, but not as much as the 1st. The 1st book would make a great stand alone book. It was so cute & fluffy! (Here’s my review of it) The 2nd & 3rd (this one) just weren’t as good in my opinion. For the most part, I enjoyed them, but just not as much. I just got irritated a lot with this last book, & I normally LOVE Meg Cabot’s books. I just felt that the main character Lizzie became kind of “wishy-washy”, if that makes sense. And then there was a “love triangle” thing (if it can be called a love triangle when one of the parties doesn’t realize they’re in a love triangle) – I’m burned out on love triangles!!!! I did end up liking Lizzie again, & I liked the ending. It’s chick lit – light & fluffy – but a little aggravating at times! I think it was a good way to begin my audio book experience!  :)

3stars

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Comments

  1. says

    You’ve inspired me to tackle an audio book, although I still think that I might get distracted or start playing with my iPad or something annoying like that. I​ dunno Tricia…I’m still quite skeptical (like you) that I will love audio but anything is possible, right? *shrugs*

    But YOU did it and it might be an occasional thing for you! *throws confetti in the air* :)

    • Tricia says

      I know it’s kind of silly, but I’m proud of myself for trying it & finishing it! I did get a little distracted when I was trying to multi-task while listening. But listening while driving alone was great! I always listen to music in the car anyway, especially when I’m by myself, so listening to an audiobook in the car wasn’t that different. So, if you decide to try one — try it out while you’re in the car. Oh & I would suggest a light & fun book! :-)

  2. says

    Congrats on your first audiobook! I agree with you — sometimes a shoddy narrator or weird performances can ruin a book. But then again, sometimes the narration makes a book better! I even (dorkily) have favorite narrators. (Katherine Kellgren is awesome.) Let us know, if you listen to more audiobooks, how you find them!
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    • Tricia says

      Aww thanks so much! I was really glad that the narrator wasn’t monotone or anything like that! Just her voice for a few other characters sounded a little strange & took some getting used to. I’m hoping to share my thoughts on more audiobooks in the future! And maybe I’ll have some favorite narrators too (it’s not dorky :-)

  3. says

    I tried an audiobook once, it was for cruel beauty and it was so damn long to listen to the whole thing. not that it’s not good but too long and I need to be focused so it’s even more complicated. So I’m not sure I’ll try again. I’ve only tried a book by this author but I confess that I didn’t know about this one. thanks for the review.
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    • Tricia says

      This one was long too & that’s why I thought I could listen while doing an activity, but I’d get distracted. It was great in the car, though! I enjoy Meg Cabot’s books! I would recommend her other series — the Heather Wells series or one of her YA series — the Abandoned trilogy or the Mediator series. She also has stand alone books & other series. Hope you give her a try & enjoy her books! Thanks for stopping by!! :-)

  4. says

    Audio books are awesome! I’m starting to get into them myself, although I’m sticking to the graphic audios that I have in my arsenal for the meantime because they are easier to make yourself engaged in due to the music and sound effects put for the high production value. In any case, I reaaaally hate wishy-washy characters. They make me rage a lot, unless, of course, they redeem themselves in the end are there is a reason for them to be wishy-washy. And I know what you feel about them love triangles… it’s silly to think they still exist considering so many have voiced out their dissatisfaction. I only like love triangles when it’s necessary to the storyline as a whole, and not as a means to drag the “romance aspect”.
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    • Tricia says

      Ooh graphic audios sound awesome! Music & sound effects?! Once I get the hang of regular audiobooks, I may have to try graphic audios! Thankfully, the main character did kind of redeem herself in the end & I get the confusing situations that she was in, but it was still kind of aggravating. She almost seemed like a different person from the 1st book in the series, but it was a few months ago that I read the 1st book. So, maybe I would have liked this one better if I would have tackled the whole series closer together. Sometimes, love triangles work & they don’t bother me. But, at the moment, I’m a little tired of them! Thanks for stopping by!! :-)

  5. says

    Meg Cabot! She was my favorite author when I was a kiddo. I mean, hey, she DID write The Princess Diaries *childhood* hehe I tried to listen to my favorite series, The Mortal Instruments, in audio format, but it did not work for me. It was too slow…and, like you said, the narrator doesn’t always match with the type of voice we are imagining for certain characters :/ Great review though!!
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    • Tricia says

      I LOVE Meg Cabot’s adult books & her YA series! I totally understand what you’re saying about not being able to listen to The Mortal Instruments — I love that series, but there’s so much detail in it that I bet it would be hard to listen to. Definitely one that’s probably better read than listened to. For that reason, I think I’m better to listen to light/fluffy books! Thanks for stopping by!! :-)

    • Tricia says

      Thanks so much! Definitely try out her adult series and/or YA series! I enjoyed her Heather Wells (adult) series better than this one! Hope you pick up some of her newer stuff & enjoy them! :-)

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