Extended Audio Sample

Download The Birthday Ball Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Birthday Ball Audiobook, by Lois Lowry Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (543 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois Lowry Narrator: Elissa Steele Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780307746177
Regular Price: $13.00 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Bored, bored, bored. It’s all Princess Patricia Priscilla can think as her sixteenth birthday approaches. It’s less than a week before the Birthday Ball, where she will choose her husband from a group of unappealing suitors.

Boring.

But things around the kingdom get pretty interesting when Princess Patricia Priscilla disguises herself as a peasant and starts attending the village school. She may not be spending her days in the comfort of the castle, clothed in silk, but at least life in the village is fun. It doesn’t hurt that the new schoolmaster is young and handsome.

In this tale of mistaken identity, creamed pigeons, and young love, the two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry compares princesses to peasants and finds them to be exactly the same in all the important ways.

Download and start listening now!

BK_LILI_001224

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 2/6/2014

    " A fun, obnoxious comedy. Princess Patricia Priscilla is turning 16 and must choose a husband from three suitors (or is it four?) at her birthday ball: Duke Desmond of Dyspepsia, ugly and rich; Counts Colin and Cuthbert of Coagulatia, the conjoint twins, full of arguments and body humor jokes; and Prince Percival of Pustula, vain and dandruffy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Farley | 2/3/2014

    " Though she insisted that we finish it, I don't think Helen really understood or cared about what was happening in the story. It probably would have been better if we had read it in a couple of years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/1/2014

    " It was cute, but the whole time, I kept expecting ... more. I mean, it's Lois Lowry! Author of The Giver and The Willoughbys and Number the Stars! This was just a cutesy little fairy tale. I thought it'd be a fairy tale but funny, or profound, or, well mostly funny, given the cover. There definitely were funny things about it, don't get me wrong. But still. I expected some twist or surprise. Sorry if I'm spoiling it, but there isn't one. It's quite predictable from start to finish. But still cute. 'Kay I'm done. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 1/30/2014

    " Quick, a little silly, a very light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/23/2014

    " Patricia is an appealing princess not only because she wants to go out and explore life out of her sheltered existence in the castle, but because she is a compassionate girl who acts on her feelings. She embraces life at the peasant school after borrowing her maids clothing and leaving her to read in her room. Her hilarious suitors are due to arrive for her Birthday Ball, and it has been decreed that one MUST marry her. The suitors remind me of the gold ticket winners in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; flaunting their character flaws in an overblown and funny way. The ending though predictable is quite satisfying for all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami Jeppesen | 1/15/2014

    " Super cute. Lois Lowry is amazing and can write any genre it seems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia Tuckness | 1/6/2014

    " I loved this book. It was a sweet little story with all the right characters: a princess who plays at being a peasant, unwelcome suitors, and smart, sweet servants. An enjoyable read for anyone and a great family readaloud as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/2/2014

    " Listened to the audio.... the reader was not to my liking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bekah | 12/9/2013

    " Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan. I love Lois Lowry, but this just wasn't my cup of tea. Kinda cute, maybe it'll grow on me, sometimes books do. So we'll see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yara | 12/2/2013

    " Light and funny, young girls will enjoy this whimsical tale about a princess who pretends to be a peasant five days before her sixteenth birthday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/16/2013

    " Super cute book. I read it all on the home from Boise. Way different style than her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 9/16/2013

    " Her language is so fun. And that's about it. But I did love her language in it, she has such a creative mind. I really like her more fun writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy | 8/24/2013

    " A fun story. Stereotypical characters gave it a fairy tale feel. I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator had a British accent which was perfect for the story. This might be fun to read out loud to kids. I like how the Princess took charge of her future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/19/2013

    " No surprises here, just a sweet story by a wonderful author. This is the kind of book I imagine teachers are reading out loud to their classes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 5/26/2013

    " Hilarious! A vast departure from The Giver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Franki Sibberson | 12/25/2012

    " Loved this great little fairy tale. I loved the character and the humor that Lowry used to tell the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 11/30/2012

    " Clever in parts but not the depth of The Giver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josephine | 11/7/2012

    " Fun! The best part is that Princess Patricia Priscilla's suitors are so flamboyantly unappealing and disgusting that you can't help but cringe and roar with laughter while you wonder how she's going to get out of marrying one of these creeps. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nan | 10/28/2012

    " Kind of shocked this was from Lois Lowry. Not much of a plot, and not particularly interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonquil | 7/13/2012

    " I think this book was trying to be allegorical, but it fails. I was disappointed -- there's no "there," there. The characters are one dimensional, and not particularly appealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 3/12/2012

    " Fun story. Less dreamlike or mood driven than some of the Lowry books I've read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 10/23/2011

    " Ugh. No more Newberys for Ms. Lowry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 6/21/2011

    " This was an entertaining quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 5/3/2011

    " Super fun. Not life changing, but very silly and enjoyable. Probably would have been really popular with me when I was in 1st or 2nd grade. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miri | 4/22/2011

    " It was cute, but the characters were a teensy bit annoying, and the story a little too neatly summed up (even for a children's book). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/18/2011

    " I kept seeing an animated cartoon in my mind as I listened to this one. The characters are a bit out there - the mother who can't hear was rather annoying - the suitors include conjoined twins, but I think they would make a rather hilarious movie for kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/15/2011

    " Super cute book. I read it all on the home from Boise. Way different style than her other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthie | 4/11/2011

    " I loved this book! It's funny, smart, witty, full of comical surprises, and it doesn't take itself too seriously. Yeah, it's a girly book, but my husband and 2 sons enjoyed it too - possibly as much as my girls and me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 4/10/2011

    " I love Lois Lowry. This was a fun and funny book about a bored princess, the use Lois Lowry's alliteration ridiculous long words and mild potty humor made this a surefire hit for a family read-aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy | 3/22/2011

    " A fun story. Stereotypical characters gave it a fairy tale feel. I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator had a British accent which was perfect for the story. This might be fun to read out loud to kids. I like how the Princess took charge of her future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catharine | 2/19/2011

    " This was a fun, quick read. The characters were light and entertaining. Just a fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefani | 2/9/2011

    " Fun story about a bored princess and her humble subjects. Very cute and endearing. It bugged me how demeaning it was towards the peasants, but I laughed nonetheless. Predictable but still worth the read/listen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 1/31/2011

    " Funny and charming, definitely for a bit older audience than its width and winsome cover would lead you to believe. I would recommend to a mature 4th grader, more likely 5th and 6th. Love the illustrations, and the heroine! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 1/24/2011

    " Her language is so fun. And that's about it. But I did love her language in it, she has such a creative mind. I really like her more fun writing. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry has written many books beloved by children and adults alike. From the popular Anastasia Krupnik series to her bestselling novel The Giver, her books have garnered dozens of national, international, and state honors and awards, including two Newbery Medals.