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英语原版有声读物:《公主日记》Volume I_24

2015-09-22    来源:普特编辑部    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

 公主日记 第一册 part 24

The Princess Diaries

英文有声读物,听原版小说,学地道英语。

【Audio Book】The Princess Diaries

【原版朗读者】Anne Hathaway (安妮·海瑟薇)

【小说简介】

米娅,是一位普通美国高中生。在一群张扬、活力四射的同学中,她显得很不自信,普通得会被老师忘记名字。米娅和她的单亲妈妈住在一起,有着自己生活的小圈子,在她的能力可以控制的范围内,米娅平凡的生活着。

在米娅16岁生日到来前,她忽然被告知要与她的奶奶克拉丽莎·雷纳尔蒂见面。当米娅终于见到这位气质非凡,谈吐高贵女士时,她才发现,她的奶奶是欧洲小国吉诺维亚的女王。而她,正是这个国度的公主。

而为了让米娅能够顺利继承这一身份,女王对她开始了全方位的改变。米娅的不拘小节和王室的繁杂规矩冲突中,从而笑料百出...最终,米娅逐渐改变,慢慢地像个美丽的公主了...

《公主日记》原著小说就是由电影版主角Anne Hathaway朗读,以第一人称的角度,为你讲述她生活中的点点滴滴,爆笑趣事,成长困惑,以及从普通人到一个公主所有的经历感受。如同一个朋友,在向你倾诉她的喜怒哀乐...

小说充满青春气息,通俗易懂,是学习英文的绝佳素材。一起来听《公主日记》,提高自己的听力与口语。

【原滋原味 英文小说】

Saturday Night 

I can’t even believe what a loser I am. I mean, Saturday night, alone with my DAD! 

He actually tried to talk me into going to see Beauty and the Beast, like he felt sorry for me because I didn’t have a date! 

I finally had to say, “Look, Dad, I am not a child anymore. Even the prince of Genovia can’t get tickets to a Broadway show at a minute’s notice on a Saturday night.” 

He was just feeling left out because Mom had taken off on another date with Mr. Gianini. She wanted to cancel on him, given all the upheaval that has occurred in my life over the past twenty-four hours, but I totally made her go because I could see her lips getting smaller and smaller the more time she spent with Dad. Mom’s lips only get small when she’s trying to keep herself from saying something, and I think what she wanted to say to my dad was “Get out! Go back to your hotel! You’re paying six hundred dollars a night for that suite! Can’t you go stay in it?”   

My dad drives my mom completely insane because he’s always going around, digging her bank statements out from the big salad bowl where she throws all our mail, and trying to tell her how much she would save in interest if she would just transfer funds out of her checking account and into a Roth IRA. 

So even though she felt like she should stay home, I knew if she did she’d explode, so I said go, please go, and that Dad and I would discuss what it’s like to govern a small principality in today’s economic market. Only when Mom came out in her datewear, which included this totally hot black minidress from Victoria’s Secret (my mom hates shopping, so she buys all her clothes from catalogs while she’s soaking in the tub after a long day of painting), my dad started to choke on this ice cube. I guess he had never seen my mom in a minidress before—back in college, when they were going out, all she ever wore were overalls, like me—because he drank down his scotch and soda really fast and then said, “That’s what you’re wearing?” which made my mom go, “What’s wrong with it?” and look at herself all worriedly in the mirror.    

She looked totally fine; in fact, she looked much better than she usually did, which I guess was the problem. I mean, it sounds weird to admit, but my mom can be a total Betty when she puts her mind to it. I can only wish that someday I’ll be as pretty as my mom. I mean, she doesn’t have Yield sign hair or a flat chest or size-ten shoes. She is way hot, as far as moms go. 

Then the buzzer rang and Mom ran out because she didn’t want Mr. Gianini to come up and meet her ex, the prince of Genovia. Which was understandable, since he was still choking and looked sort of funny. I mean, he looked like a red-faced bald man in a cashmere sweater coughing up a lung. I mean, I would have been embarrassed to admit I had ever had sex with him, if I were her. 

Anyway, it was good for me that she didn’t buzz Mr. Gianini up, because I didn’t want him asking me in front of my parents why I hadn’t gone to his review session on Friday. 

So then, after they were gone, I tried to show my dad how much better suited I am for life in Manhattan than in Genovia by ordering some really excellent food. I got us an insalata caprese, ravioli al funghetto, and a pizza margherita, all for under twenty bucks, but I swear, my dad wasn’t a bit impressed! He just poured himself another scotch and soda and turned on the TV. He didn’t even notice when Fat Louie sat down next to him. He started petting him like it was nothing. And my dad claims to be allergic to cats. 

And then, to top it all off, he didn’t even want to talk about Genovia. All he wanted to do was watch sports. I’m not kidding. Sports. We have seventy-seven channels, and all he would watch were the ones showing men in uniforms chasing after a little ball. Forget the Dirty Harry movie marathon. Forget Pop-Up Videos. He just turned on the sports channel and stared at it, and when I happened to mention that Mom and I usually watch whatever is on HBO on Saturday nights, he just turned up the volume!!! 

What a baby. 

And you think that’s bad? You should have seen him when the food got here. He made Lars frisk the deliveryman before he would let me buzz him up! Can you believe it? I had to give Antonio a whole extra dollar to make up for the indignity of it all. And then my dad sat down and ate, without saying a word, until, after another scotch and soda, he fell asleep, right on the futon, with Fat Louie on his lap!

I guess being a prince and having had testicular cancer can really make a person think he’s something special. I mean, God forbid he should share some quality time with his only daughter, the heir to his throne.  

So here I am again, home on a Saturday night. Not that I’m ever NOT home on a Saturday night, except when I’m with Lilly. Why am I so unpopular? I mean, I know I look weird and stuff, but I really try to be nice to people, you know? You’d think people would value me as a human being and invite me to their parties just because they like my company. It’s not MY fault my hair sticks out the way it does, any more than it’s Lilly’s fault her face looks sort of squished. 

I tried to call Lilly a zillion times, but her phone was busy, which meant Michael was probably home working on his ’zine. The Moscovitzes are trying to have a second line installed so that people who call them can actually get through once in a while, but the phone company says it doesn’t have any more 212 numbers to give out. Lilly’s mom says she refuses to have two separate area codes in the same apartment and that if she can’t have 212 she’ll just buy a beeper. Besides, Michael will be leaving for college next fall, and then their phone problems will be solved. 

I really wanted to talk to Lilly. I mean, I haven’t told her anything about the princess thing, and I’m not going to, ever, but sometimes, even without telling her what’s bothering me, talking to Lilly makes me feel better. Maybe it’s just knowing that somebody else my age is also stuck at home on a Saturday night. I mean, most of the other girls in our class date. Even Shameeka has started dating. She’s been quite popular since she developed breasts over the summer. True, her curfew is ten o’clock, even on weekends, and she has to introduce her date to her mom and dad, and her date has to provide a detailed itinerary of exactly where they’re going and what they’ll be doing, besides showing two pieces of photo ID for Mr. Taylor to photocopy before he’ll let Shameeka go out of the house with him.   

But still, she’s dating. Somebody asked her out.    

Nobody has ever asked me out.    

It was pretty boring, watching my dad snore, even though it was fairly comical the way Fat Louie kept glancing at him, all annoyed, every time he inhaled. I had already seen all the Dirty Harry movies, and there was nothing else on. I decided to try instant messaging Michael, telling him I really needed to talk to Lilly and would he please go off-line so I could call her.  

CRACKING: WHAT DO YOU WANT, THERMOPOLIS?  

FTLOUIE: I WANT TO TALK TO LILLY. PLEASE GO OFF-LINE SO I CAN CALL HER. 

CRACKING: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TALK TO HER ABOUT? 

FTLOUIE: NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. JUST GO OFF-LINE, PLEASE. YOU CAN’T HOG ALL THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION TO YOURSELF. IT ISN’T FAIR. 

CRACKING: NO ONE EVER SAID LIFE WAS FAIR, THERMOPOLIS. WHAT ARE YOU DOING HOME, ANYWAY? WHAT’S THE MATTER? DREAMBOY DIDN’T CALL? 

FTLOUIE: WHO’S DREAMBOY? 

CRACKING: YOU KNOW, YOUR POSTNUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON LIFE-MATE OF CHOICE, JOSH RICHTER. 

Lilly told him! I can’t believe she told him! I’m going to kill her. 

FTLOUIE: WOULD YOU PLEASE GO OFF-LINE SO I CAN CALL LILLY???? 

CRACKING: WHAT’S THE MATTER, THERMOPOLIS? DID I STRIKE A NERVE? 

I logged off. He can be such a jerk sometimes. 

But then about five minutes later the phone rang, and it was Lilly. So I guess even though Michael’s a jerk, he can be a nice jerk when he wants to be.  

Lilly’s very upset about how her parents are violating her First Amendment right to free speech by not letting her make the episode of her show dedicated to her feet. She is going to call the ACLU as soon as it opens on Monday morning. Without her parents’ financial support, which they have currently revoked, Lilly Tells It Like It Is cannot go on. It costs about $200 per episode, if you include the cost of tape and all. Public access is only accessible to people with cash.  

Lilly was so upset that I didn’t feel like yelling at her about telling Michael that I chose Josh. Now that I think about it, it’s probably just better that way. 

My life is a convoluted web of lies. 

【重点词汇/俚语精解】 

1. talk sb into (doing) 劝某人做../说服某人做... (同理,talk sb out of doing 劝某人不要做某事。)

2. feeling left out 觉得自己被遗弃,被冷落的感觉。

3. drive sb (completely) insane 让某人彻底发疯,抓狂 (drive sb crazy)

4. IRA (全称: Individual Retirement Account) <美>个人退休帐户

5. ex 前任 ex-girlfriend 前女友 ex-boyfriend 前男友

6. buzz sb up 应某人的门,让某人进来

7. be allergic to 对...过敏

8. What a baby. 简直像个小孩子(暗示某人的不成熟行为)

9. share/spend some quality time with sb 与某人度过一些美好时光

10. squished v. ( squish的过去式 ) 压扁,压烂,压变形的

11. beeper n.能发出哔哔声音的仪器,呼叫机

12. curfew n.宵禁,戒严,晚上的门禁时间

13. Nobody has ever asked me out.从来没有人约过我。ask someone out 约某人出去,与某人约会。

14. go off-line 下线

15. strike a nerve (or hit a nerve) 触及要害,戳到某人痛处

16. log off 注销,下线, 结束工作

17. jerk 混蛋,混球,蠢人

18. convoluted adj.盘绕的,卷曲的, 复杂的  convoluted web 错综复杂的网络

(本文由普特编辑部归纳整理 若需转载请标明出处)



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