Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.
Set in contemporary London, the new novel brings us Bridget in a new phase of life.
©2013 Helen Fielding (P)2013 Random House
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.
What a waste of time listening to a vapid, pathetic, whining Brigid pine for her dead husband while lusting after men almost half her age. Here's my fan fiction fantasy rewrite: Brigid & Mark are settling into the 7 year itch. Brigid, feeling insecure after putting on some baby weight, follows Mark on one of his many business trips, sure he's having an affair. Of course, Daniel has to go with her, so she doesn't rouse suspicion by putting the trip on her own credit cards. Meanwhile, She and Daniel are seen by Mark in a foreign city & misunderstandings & typical lovely Brigid mishaps ensue. Brigid & Mark get together in the end. So, Helen Fielding, how about a do-over?
She's talented, but makes Brigid sound too old and whiny & her children too lispy. Sorry, Samantha. You're obviously very talented, just miscast.
I adore British literature from the Victorian Age through World war II, primarily, and fantasy, but also enjoy mysteries once in a while.
I was put off by the pre-publication spoiler alerts, and postponed my purchase a few days...but, please, keep listening...I think perhaps Helen Fielding is in the running for very best comedic writer of our time, but she is so much more. The moments of poignancy--I shed real tears three times! Samantha Bond deserves an award for her performance, as well.
This book is so hysterically funny in places that I literally bent over laughing uncontrollably while out walking...it makes you laugh out loud. Without a spoiler, lets just say an itchy theme had me in paroxysms of laughter. The use of modern technology and culture was applied with unbelievable skill to move the story along. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is so entirely wonderful that I would listen to several chapters while out walking, then listen to the same material at my PC before moving on to the next set of chapters.
Beautifully plotted, rich in characters you understand and care about, completely entrancing!
Please purchase this book...it is superb and you will want to listen to it again and again.
Ugh! How old is Bridget? Twenty? More like sixteen? I'm sorry, but her character as a 50 yo widow is simply ridiculous. Ugh! I adored Bridget as a scattered singleton, but as a widow w/even less sense than she had in her twenties, it's difficult spending time with her.
I wish Fielding hadn't kept Bridget as a scattered singleton. Her character was implausible as a 50 yo widow. She's childish and ridiculous. Sorry, Helen.
Considering what she had to work with, I think she did a splendid job.
I was elated when I heard that there was another addition to the Bridget series. That excitement soon dwindled within the first few chapters. It was an utter disappointment.
Pass on this. I started listening two weeks ago and have stopped to listen to two other books in between. I know I'll return to it, but only because I want to know how it ends.
I've read other Helen Fielding books and enjoyed them. This book has a lot of children whining and dull action (non stop agonizing over nits). Samantha bond does a good job with the characters. The children's dialogue is excruciating, but I suspect that's how it was written.
What is this genre? Is there a specific genre that classifies too much dialogue from horrible lisping children? Then yes. I was expecting a smart and entertaining story from Helen Fielding. I still have hope.
lots of characters
I would have demanded a re-write. To be fair, I'm about 3/4 through the book and find myself listening to stories about recycling on NPR instead of endless ranting about nits, texting, dieting and those horrible children. I don't have kids, but listening to this book makes me feel like I have some in the back seat when I'm stuck in traffic. It's very satisfying to turn the audible book off.
I need a new book as soon as possible!
Feel horrible about this, but really not the best. Was so excited to listen, but rather crestfallen by result. Am a Bridget loyalist, so am powering through. But am still a bit disappointed.
I'm not sure. This was Bridget Jones 1 all over again, with kids.
Something with a less predictable story line.
The narrator was great. The story line was crap.
The ending. Sooooo damned predictable. I saw it coming from the beginning.
I was looking forward to this book. I wanted to know what happened to Bridget and Mark once they got past the crazy. This did not happen. Instead, I got more Bridget crazy, and a Darcy stand-in. V. V. Disappointed in the story line. V. Disappointed in the lack of decent male characters. I expected more than a rehash of previous novels...
pit bull advocate
I must be as shallow as some reviewers think Bridget is because I loved this book. I found myself laughing, crying and laughing again all in a minute's time. Bridget is still silly and making some questionable decisions but that is what makes her Bridget. I couldn't stop listening.
I loved the earlier BJ books. I enjoyed this one as well but not as much. This book had a little more of a serious undertone to it which was nice but then Bridget's neurotic meanderings got amped up which was a bit annoying. Again there were so many funny parts that made you laugh and smile and this one also made you cry. Starting over is never easy and this was a sweet attempt at what it's like.
I found myself laughing aloud from the start as I so relate to Bridget then and now. I am her age (in the new book) and I loved how throughout she was incredulous that she could be this old (aren't we all?!). It's the age we deal with both skinny jeans and back spasms and I thought Fielding really captured this well. Bridget was and is my hero.
I would say this book was my second favorite in the series. Not quite the home run of the original but, to me, much better than The Edge of Reason. I loved how Fielding uses the world so deftly as Bridget's backdrop (then and now). Her references to social media etc didn't seem forced and they will realistically capture the microcosm of today's London from a private school mum's perspective (similar to America's soccer moms). She meets a "toy boy" over Twitter and begins a texting relationship. And then there's the "obesity clinic."
I love Bridget's heart....her struggle to get it right while maintaining herself. I know it's a gimmick, but I enjoy her fun abbreviations and the whole diary style of writing. I hate giving away any plot parts, so suffice it to say the boy toy is darling and in the end we don't know who to root for romance-wise.
I LOVED Samantha Bond's throaty rendition of Bridget. So much heart -- fun supporting characters. She is a skilled actress and narrator.
She may be older, but she's still our Bridget.
I was delighted with the book and hope others agree. I thought the premise was entirely believable and appropriate (regarding Mark Darcy etc) and I thought Fielding did a great job bringing us up to date on our favorite heroine.
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