I loved every character in this book. The lead character, Sully, is super well developed, you get a great sense of him as you learn about his history. The other characters in this story are what really make it great. Amy the young reporter, all the characters in the funeral home, the son, all the people getting phone calls, and I especially loved the librarian. Albom writes about people really well. I wish I could meet some of these people, I would for sure want to be friends with Amy and the librarian.
In this book, Albom adds a fun, mysterious, story that brings all these super flawed characters together in a very believable and sweet way and makes you really care what happens to them. The story flowed really well, and there were some "whoa, I didn't see that coming" moments that made it a fun ride.
I was pleasantly surprised by the narration. If you are a "narrator-geek" like I am, he reminds me a little of the narrator Fisher Stevens. Albom does a nice job and it adds a personal touch to have him reading his own story.
Why not five stars? While the characters were perfect, the story didn't drive forward as well as it could have. Some of the wrap-ups in the end seemed a tiny bit contrived to me. If I could give it 4 1/2 stars I would. It's a light, fun, great read (listen) that makes you feel good about, well, everything.
Set your expectations and settle in for a great, light, funny, endearing story. This is the third book in the Bridget Jones series, and, well, that's exactly what it is.
Bridget Jones is back, now in her early 50's, single, with two children. She's still struggling with her weight, her career, and how she perceives that the rest of the world clicks along smoothly while she struggles with staying organized, being a good mom, and navigating the modern dating scene.
This story is really funny, I laughed out loud dozens of times. The Jones character is endearing, I would want to be friends with her, she's very, very likable. I found myself really rooting for Jones and wanting to audibly "boooooo" characters that she met that weren't nice to her or didn't appreciate her quirkiness.
Are there flaws? Absolutely. A lot of the same tricks, themes, phrases, and cheap laughs from the first two books are back, so there isn't much originality. The climax of the book towards the end is badly written and entirely unbelievable. Also, the beginning of the book starts out in the middle of the story, then goes back in time a few months to catch you up and move forward--that transition was very clunky and I was confused for a few minutes before I figured it out. But this isn't the sequel to The Great Gatsby, it's Bridget Jones. If you loved the other Bridget Jones, and your expectations are that it's just as silly and flawed as those, then you'll love this one too.
The narrator was good, I really liked her voice for men, and her gasps and groans through Jones' follies added a lot to the story.
This book being released in audio format is a gift. Having it read by Meryl Streep makes it a priceless gift. The constant and specific 80's references are so much fun. The setting in DC and the political references give such an intimate peek into lives and moments, it feels like you are eavesdropping instead of simply listening to a book. These combine to make the book feel like a purposeful classic instead of feeling dated.
Streep's narration is beyond perfect. She takes the whole experience to the next level. Her occasional self-effacing lilt and her chuckle add to that personal feeling, like she's a little embarrassed that she got caught telling such a tale. Narrators are usually best when they can become invisible, not true in this case. Streep adds to the story in a way that only she could, that only a master could.
I'll listen to this again. I really enjoyed it and want to catch any little moments I might have missed the first time