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 Modern Take On Middle Age"
A great easy holiday read
The trilogy has matured well - embracing the modern world of twitter and internet dating. It also does a good job of exploring the complications of family life whilst still being light hearted and fun.
It's going to be a bit more challenging to make into a film than the other two!
"Bridget at her best"
Have not read the book, but am sure that it is a brilliant read. Maybe that's next.
Her wonderful relationships with people.
Funny, Tragic, Moving, Great Fun
Hard to talk about screnes when listening. I realy don't know
Yes, the sadness for the children, and feeling that I knew Mark from watching the films over and over.
Loved it, didn't want it to end. Great giggle, would recommend to my friends.
"She's back, older not wiser and we love her for it"
yes I would. If they have previously read the other 2 books, would definitley suggest they read this one. Bridget hasn't changed much except getting older. same old bridget issues, but even funnier with age and experience...oh and children
Near the end with Mr Wallicker.........oh and her memories of Mark
She gives Bridget a voice - literally. she also brings the emotions into the story that you possibly may not get from reading it. She intensifies bridget's doubts and scattiness
If I had the time yes but as I don't couldn't
This again is Bridget at her best and worst, she is annoyingly frustrating, but there is an element of sadness in this one that rips at your heart.
Yes easy to listen to and brings the story alive
Bridget just love her feel like I have a bit her in me
Lovely to listen to and great story teller
No I wouldn't listen again, but it did tempt me to listen to the original again. It started off strangely. I couldn't get used to Bridget being in her 50s. I also find her a bit silly and can't get why so many hot men fall for her. It was OK.
I haven't listened to any before, but I loved Samantha Bond reading her.
The twitter references... very true, very funny.
laugh, in places.
"Like we never knew her"
Part of the problem with the book is that it tried to check too many boxes - single mother humour, grief, romance, smut, and comment on contemporary society. It did one of these well (the humour) but was distractingly awful at the rest
Yes. I've liked other stuff of hers (especially the previous Bridget Jones novels) which is partly why it was such a surprise that this was a mess and I felt myself actively disliking Bridget which is a shame.
She was just the perfect choice for this. Upper crust and sexy with a humour that's intelligent and not too obvious. And to painstakingly mispronounce Hedda Gabler for 2/3 of the book is impressive professionalism. It's odd though that the text had her criticising someone for choosing to be Miss Moneypenny; I so longed for her to break from the text to say "not that there's anything wrong with that of course"
Sex scenes and Twitter scenes. Both were awkward and clunky.
Starting at a certain point and then flashing back to fill out the story didn't work AT ALL. It made things repetitive and raised certain plot issues as things happened in illogical order. The casual racism made me uncomfortable as well.
"Entertaining, if a little predictable!"
Would definitely listen to this again. The overall performance was skilful and intelligent - Samantha Bond was perfectly cast.
Rockster was sufficiently boisterous and cocky - quite refreshing!
Rockster, of course! She played him brilliantly!
Yes - just couldn't find enough hours!
Yes. It was hilarious, insightful and extremely well read. Very lighthearted yet touching
Very well read. Especially as the story progresses, she gets really good at the part
Was put off by the poor reviews initially but glad I got it! If you listen beyond the first lot of chapters, that's when it gets really entertaining
Loved this book, captures Bridget & Co perfectly:)
Bridget, closely followed by the kids:)
Bridget, thought she sounded very Bridget indeed:)
The leaves in his hair.
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