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
I was quite excited to listen to this story having loved the two Bridget Jones movies, but not having read the books.
I found the story fairly boring with many moments being taken up with boring reading of Twitter comments that made me want to fast forward.
The story is very similar to the first but without the freshness and surprise that the first story gave us. I generally felt that the author was attempting to make some easy money out of a stock type of story.
The reader was ok but not wonderful.
Easily one of my favorites. Samantha Bond was fantastic and handled the Bridget Jones we all know and love with perfect skill and did her every justice possible.
I bought this book not only because I'm a Bridget fan, but because I needed to laugh. And I was not disappointed.
The farting sports day...was laughing so much I had to pause the book.
I laughed and cried till my stomach hurt. I felt like my old friend was back for a visit and I didn't want her to leave
"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'!
"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.
"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.
This story just doesn't add up. Bridget is now supposed to be a lonely widow in her fifties but only has to lose a bit of weight an don a pair of thigh boots, and she has men panting after her. Gone are the big knickers to be replaced by g strings and low rise jeans. She has the mental age of a challenged 16 year old and seems to need advice on how to get dressed in the morning. Despite the fact she has been married to a leading human rights lawyer she has no opinions about anything other than what is going on in her own small world. The sex scenes are ghastly and the references to nits and bodily functions are repetitive and frankly tedious. Despite this, there are a couple of amusing scenes that served as a faint reminder of the earlier books. I carried on listening to the end and when it was all over I heaved a huge sigh of relief. Like other reviewers I wish that Helen Fielding could tear this up and leave us with the memories of how good Bridget Jones used to be.
I gave this three stars based on the strength of Samantha Bond's narration. I just wish that Mabel didn't so so much like Violet Elizabeth Bott.
"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.
"rather boring and hopeless"
it is not funny at all. poor storyline.
keep mark alive!
she was all right
Oh dear. What was charming in scatty, eccentric singleton Bridget Jones has become deeply irritating in a widowed mother of young children. I thoroughly enjoyed the original BJ books, but with this one, I repeatedly had the desire to slap the character and tell her to grow up. Samantha Bond did the best with the story that she could, but I am afraid that this is not one I can recommend.
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!
"A bit predictable but OK"
I think Bridget Jones has now run her course, I don't think I want to hear about her decline into old age and decrepitude , although Samantha Bond is a fabulous actress , as I know what she looks like ( and she's not Renee Zellweger) it was difficult getting used to her as Bridget.
The most interesting aspect was that Bridget has not gained any common sense or maturity having become a mother.
I haven't but would enjoy listening to her again.
Probably not at the cinema.
I personally have problems with in-depth discussions and descriptions of vomit, this book does seem to revel in them and I found myself practically throwing up listening and had to quickly turn down the volume until those protracted segments were finished, if like me you have a weak stomach it might not be for you.
Yes. Loved the story, greatly entertaining, fabulous characters.
loved how it ends
Toy boy, Bridget, Thaleta (not sure spelling) and Billy
Happy to have listened during various days
very enjoyable story, very funny; i have found the negative reactions towards author (because of absence of Mark Darcy) quite unfair. The story is great. I really hope to see it as a movie as well! 100% recommended to anyone fan of Bridget and keen to have a great time!
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