When Helen Fielding first wrote Bridget Jones' Diary, charting the life of a 30-something singleton in London in the 1990s, she introduced audiences to one of the most beloved characters in modern literature. The book was published in 40 countries, sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, and spawned a best-selling sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
The two books were turned into major blockbuster films starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth. With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget's life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email CC, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on.
An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.
©2013 Helen Fielding (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
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"A mixed reading/listening experience!"
This is a funny old book. I see paper form has very mixed reviews on Amazon, and I agree with both the good and the bad there. I found the first several chapters hard work indeed. Nothing much happened, but there were no shortage of words and here we find the problem of the book overall. It is verbose, at times going 'on and on' in a rather tedious way. The diary entry lists (number of pounds gained, boyfriends found, twitter followers found etc, etc, etc) were way too long and repetitive. Some descriptions of events showed the same lack of insight into the likely experience if the reader on the part of the author. For example, setting the scene for the beginning of a Christmas Carol concert did not require two verses of 'Once in Royal David City' word for word. Whilst some if this problematic prose could be skimmed over when reading, it is quite grating when listening to an audio book, as it is so frequent.
Despite the above, once I had slogged through the early chapters and before I cringed at several descriptions and lists near the end, I loved it. At times it made me laugh out loud and I was carried along with the narrative in a truly satisfying way. Samantha Bond narrated it beautifully, really bringing the characters to life. All in all, for an old Bridget Jones fan, its certainly worth a read or a listen, but to Helen Fielding, I say 'could do better'!
"Audiobooks listened to:1, Disappointments:1"
The story fails to conjure the daffy lightness of the Bridget we love. Yes, she is older, but Samantha Bond makes her sound more like grand old dame than a grown up little girl lost. The warmth and adorable unpredictability of her character are gone here. Bond is great at character voices and purrs out a very decent, dastardly Daniel, but her Bridget is far too old money to pass off as dear barmy Bridget.
There are a few zany Bridget cringe moments, but Fielding goes for some very predictable gags. Daniel as a disastrous babysitter, Botox gone awry, etc.If you are a fan, you'll simpy have to find out what she's up to at 51. The departure of Darcy is handled, almost, with the required care, but you will miss clumsy, awkward but loveable Bridget.
"Exactly what you would expect but great humour"
I absolutely loved most of this, some parts were emotional and most were very funny. My only negative point is that it is very predictable, it's very similar to the previous book but with added children and slightly different love interests.
If you enjoyed the other Bridget Jones books then you will probably like this one too (if you can appreciate the typical Bridget mishap humour and ignore the fact you know how everything is going to pan out in the end).
I thought the performance was good and I am sure I will listen to this again when I want to listen to something that will make me laugh.
"A huge disappointment"
I really loved the previous two Bridget Jones books and was really excited to hear that Helen Fielding was writing a follow-up. However, I really wish that I had not bothered to download this audiobook and I really struggled to listen. The main problem is that it doesn't feel as if Bridget has grown up- it was quite painful to hear the now fifty something Bridget still behaving like a thirty something. Her best friends Tom and Jude seem equally stuck in their thirties. Helen Fielding's style of writing, which once made me laugh so much seems rather outdated and no longer funny. The best part of this audiobook is Samantha Bond's narration. She voices the characters perfectly and just about makes this a bearable listen.
No. I hated this book.
There was no story! Just totally predictable Bridget's search for another man, Mark having died.
Regret for spending my money on this rubbish!
If you're thinking of buying the new book about Bridget Jones don't bother get out your old ones! They were of there time - funny and new. Not so this resurrection of Bridget - I wonder what prompted this book? Ill thought out and just plain rubbish - save your money!
"Catching up with an old friend"
No, I've just listened to it. It was very good.
It's a follow on from Bridget Jones books
I like her voice
It was a lovely bit of fun. Like catching up with an old friend.
"Hash Tag !!!!"
Well its ok. Normal usual story line. Got a little boring with the weight check ins and Twitter
Bridget of course!
This was an easy listening audio book that made me laugh and say 'nooooooo!!!' out loud :)
Great book - really enjoyed listening to it!
The I heart series
Yes she captured the character of Bridget Jones
Towards the end but I won't give it away!
"Bridgit at her best"
Long car journeys to work are made much more interesting. Has transformed my happiness.
Bridget stuck in a tree with her kids
Thinking about Mark on their wedding day
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