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The Runaway Princess

Narrated by: Rachael Louise Miller
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Amy Wilde is tired of the idiots her glamorous flatmate Jo keeps foisting upon her - she'd much rather be digging in the garden with her dog Badger at her side than trying to find the man of her dreams. That is, until she meets Leo Wolfsburg.

Handsome, polite and funny, Leo is everything Amy could want in a boyfriend. Best of all, the attraction seems mutual. But Leo's lifestyle is a world away from her own. Private planes, charity balls, exclusive members' clubs - Amy begins to realise that her simple existence is being turned upside down. Is that what she wants?

And just where is Leo's home country of Nirona, anyway? Is there something he isn't telling her?

©2013 Hester Browne (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

" The Runaway Princess has an adorable heroine, divine hero and gorgeous writing - basically, it's just perfect. You'll love this book, I promise!" (Jill Mansell)
"Deliciously addictive." ( Cosmopolitan)

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  • SarahLou
  • 05-05-2017

Loved it!

Loved it hope there is a follow up but it couldn't be as good as this one. Characters which are both relatable and wildly not.

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  • Kathy
  • 03-09-2018

A bit of fun

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. A fun and light hearted ‘listen’

Rachael Louise Miller did a pretty good job with the narration, but as a general comment, I do wish readers would check out the correct pronunciation of the words- it can be very irritating hearing the same word(s) mispronounce over and over!

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  • L
  • 13-07-2015

Nice, but not great.

I really enjoyed the first half of this book, but after that I just started to get bored. The characters were all right but again they started to grate on me after awhile. If you are looking for sweet and fluffy then you will probably love this. Unfortunately I just found it cloying and irritating. Maybe if it wasn't so long, or the main character or her male counter part had a spine I might have liked it more. The narrator did a good job and was the only reason I stuck with it as long as I did.

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  • Kate
  • 10-08-2018

A good way to pass the time

If you’re looking for a book that’s really light and easy to have on in the background then this is perfect! There’s nothing too emotional or impactful about the story but it’s cute and written pretty well. The narrator was very good!

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  • Kath
  • 09-08-2018

Lovely easy listening

A really lovely holiday read. Narration really helped bring it alive. I was sorry when it ended.

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  • Elle
  • 18-08-2017

A lovely light hearted read

My first book by Hester Browne and I was very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the whole book, though predictable as these type of books are, I was hard pushed to stop listening until I had finished it.
The narrator was absolutely excellent, made this a very good audiobook that I will enjoy listening to again .

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  • Miss R Tasyaka
  • 18-03-2016

enjoyable

Really easy listen, predictable and fun. Modern day. Cinderella with a few twists and turns.l

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  • Helen
  • 15-12-2015

Easy Read

Lovely easy read, with some interesting characters, I always like to rate a story based on the emotions it draws as the story progresses. I can happily say it made me laugh and nearly shed a tear in places. The character of Leo, seemed undiscovered though and I think there were hidden parts of his personality hinted at but never fully explored. So I would of liked the author to of delved deeper with him. Amy however was adorable and loved her nature chord which struck with me as I have an equal love of Gardening. Thankyou for the story, really enjoyed it.

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  • VickieR
  • 27-07-2015

Pure escapism

Totally fictitious without being ridiculous. A book about becoming a princess for grown ups - what's not to love?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-02-2020

Spineless characters don’t make for engaging story

After about 3h into this book I had my finger over the ‘return to audible’ button at least twice but I forced myself to finish it because ‘it’s got to get better than this’. And to be fair, it did... somewhat.

My biggest issues in this are the two main characters are highly unlikeable and neither appear to own a spine? Amy is a drip and Leo is... well, I’m not sure how he’s managed to maintain a high flying banking career. The highlights generally revolves around the two lesser characters; Jo and Rolf who provided some much needed comedy to the proceedings as well as Jo providing somewhat of a ‘you’re being an idiot open your goddamn mouth’ sounding board.

The frustration I felt multiple times while listening to Amy tell someone that something she disagreed with was fine, or that she let her dad insult her intelligence without speaking up for herself or she let the royal family of Narona walk all over her like a doormat for the second half of the book had me wanting to return it all over again... but I finished it! And... at best it was ok. I would like the last 10h if my life back as well as my credit though.

Apologies to the author, I don’t like writing negative reviews but I always try to be fair. I’d definitely give another of your books a chance :)