Queen of Babble

Version: Abridged
Author: Meg Cabot
Narrator: Ilyana Kadushin
Genres: Romance, Comedy
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: June 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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What's an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do?

Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn't that she doesn't have the slightest idea what she's going to do with her life, or that she's blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. What's the point of planning for the future when she's done it again? See, Lizzie can't keep her mouth shut. And it's not just that she can't keep her own secrets, she can't keep anything to herself.

This time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. Now Lizzie's stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-changeable airline ticket.

Fortunately, Lizzie's best friend and college roommate is spending her summer in the south of France, catering weddings in a chateau. One call and Lizzie's on a train to Paris. Who cares if she speaks only rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Chateau Mirac -- not to mention gorgeous Luke, Chateau Mirac's owner -- and she's smitten.

But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie's the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Chateau Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren't bad enough, ex-boyfriend Andy shows up looking for "closure" (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie's chance at ever finding real love -- unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.

Reviews (9)

Queen of Babble

Written by Lindsey on September 10th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The first couple of CD's are babble. if you can stick with it past those then it's an okay book.

Queen of Babble

Written by Anonymous on August 7th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought the book was good but the reader's voice made it difficult to enjoy. The pitch & change of different voices were off somehow.

The Queen of Babble

Written by Anonymous on September 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A nice listen. I enjoyed the characters and the story. It made for a perfect road trip companion.

A treasure

Written by nacheska on June 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow, I didn't expect much from this touted summer read but it was quite fun and I think anyone can associate with "did I say that out loud'? syndrome. Light reading with fun topping!

Queen of Babble

Written by Anonymous on June 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I realize that this story is written for a very young audience and the title of the book should give a hint as to the nature of the main character; however, I found the actions/thought process of the main character to be more in line with a junior high girl than a young women who has graduated from college.

So Much Fun

Written by Anonymous on May 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book was a great departure from my usual serious crime dramas. I thought the main character was so funny and the narrator did a great job. I will definitely read or listen to the next two books in this series.


Written by Gabi on August 28th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

just an average Meg Cabot novel. I have read better from her. It's great for a rainy day, or if your sick in bed. It will make you feel good enough.

Queen of Babble – irritatingly accurate description

Written by Laurajean on July 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I was disappointed by this book. The writing was that of a college student instead of a professional, published author. I know the book is about a self pro-claimed big mouth, but come on… have some tact and common sense. I only found two of the characters likeable, the rest were just noise. Other similar light-hearted stories with more sustenance and better writing are The Undomestic Goddess and Love @ First Site.

Queen of Babble

Written by Cathy C. from Bloomsburg, PA on February 28th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Loved it - enjoyable and satisfying. The audio equivalent of chocolate!

Author Details

Author Details

Cabot, Meg

"Meg Cabot knows that one of the best cures for feeling gawky and conspicuous is reading about someone who sticks out even more than you do. Her books for young adults invariably feature girls who have extraordinary powers that carry extraordinary burdens. Cabot's The Princess Diaries and its successors, Princess in the Spotlight and Princess in Love (to be followed in spring 2003 by Princess in Waiting), offer the diary entries of Mia Thermopolis, who discovers at age 14 that she is actually the princess of a small European country. This adds significantly to her extant concerns about crushes, friendships, algebra, and her algebra teacher, who has the audacity to romance her mother.

Cabot, a native of Indiana weaned on Judy Blume and Barbara Cartland, was already a successful romance novelist (as Patricia Cabot) before she began writing for young adults; her alter-alter ego, Jenny Carroll, began a new series shortly after The Princess Diaries debuted. The Carroll books are divided between the Mediator series, starring a girl who can communicate with restless ghosts; and the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU books, in which a girl struck by lightning acquires the ability to locate missing people.

Cabot writes her books in a conspiratorial, first-person style that resonates with her readers. She has obviously kept a grip on the vernacular and the key issues of adolescence; but what makes her books so irresistible is the mixing of the mundane with the fantastic. After all, who wouldn't like to wake up and be a princess all of a sudden, or a seer? Cabot takes such offhand notions and roots them firmly in the details of average, middle-class American life. In 2002, Cabot introduced a new heroine with her All-American Girl, featuring another average Jane who is thrust into the spotlight when she inadvertently saves the U.S. president from assassination.

Cabot continues to write her Patricia Cabot romances, which are generally set in 19th-century England and play on class differences and changes of fortune. As with her books for young adults, Cabot's romances have earned praise for their lighthearted humor and well drawn characters. In its review of Lady of Skye, Publishers Weekly noted, ""Cabot writes romance almost without peer, creating passionate love scenes readers will swoon over, delivered with poetry and beauty, and memorable secondary characters."" In 2002, she united her talents for period romance and YA fiction with Nicola and the Viscount, the first of several planned historical romances for teens. Cabot is branching out in the adult sector as well: She releases two modern-day romantic mysteries, The Boy Next Door and She Went All the Way, in 2002 as Meggin Cabot."