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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Had me chuckling away all around the dog walk. Loved it! Light, funny, sometimes completely mad. A great holiday listen.
first kiss with the school master
not really, its a
"Entertaining listen, will be forgotten in a week"
Book was entertaining for most of the time but in some moments the main character seems a bit exaggerated with her nativity and silliness. The book is gripping enough to listen but leaves no great impression and is for sure not as big a hit as the first one.
Develop more details of the romantic thread with mr w.
Great narration. Characters were very well performed. Strong side of this audiobook.
Yes if you're after a light entertainment
Bridget's hilarious personality
Uncovering what had happened since the second book
I wouldn't search for one narrated by her, but i wouldn't mind listening to her voice again. She portrayed Bridget well anyway
I laughed out loud quite a lot and felt the lump in my throat when uncovering some bits of the story
So at first I felt like I couldn't listen to the audiobook after just the first chapter after having watched the films with Renée Zellweger. It was strange adjusting to a new voice and didn't feel right at first. I also panicked thinking I had missed a book in between due to such a jump in the stories.
I decided to carry on listening and glad that I did as once the story started to unravel I found myself laughing out loud and wondering what happens next every time I put it down.
My friend also felt the same and wasn't going to carry on until I advised her that she should and now she enjoys it too!
The Bridget Jones stories are such an easy going fun read that you can listen to them absolutely anywhere. Bridget is a heart-warmingly normal and sympathetic character.
Obviously the first two Bridget Jones books. This is essential reading for any fan.
Samantha Bond reads this exactly as I imagined Bridget would be now that she is in her fifties. Still so young at heart, though!
Of course. It was infectious!
"Classic Bridget Jones"
I was so looking forward to this and was not disappointed. Really enjoyable. Maintained all the hang ups and character characteristics of the original books. Narrator very good. Bit predictable in places that's why i only gave 4 not 5 stars. Made being stuck in a 4 hr traffic jam more bearable!
"Light and entertaining"
This was an enjoyable way to pass the time. The Fielding humour and imagining Zelweggar's delivery on film made it more applicable to real life and it brought the Jones life to the modern day very nicely. Whilst the plot was a little predictable it still had the charm of Bridget Jones. I can't help but think it was written with film in mind for cameos from Hugh Grant.
A good way to pass the time in the car or bath without having to think too hard!
I was disappointed with this book.. I loved Bridget on her quest for love In her thirties but the same format when she's in her fifties just didn't work for me. It felt like she had not grown up or changed at all despite the fact that 15+ years had gone by.**Spoiler alert** However the killing of Mark Darcy was done sensitively & it wasn't this that I had a problem with, although I was obviously sad. I just felt the old formula regurgitated for a single mum in her 50's just didn't work as well this time around. You would think as a mum & loosing the love of her life bridget would have more depth to her but instead she came across as silly, selfish & more ditzy than before. I think if this hadn't been the third book in a series then it may have been OK although I still couldn't relate to the Mr. Wollicker storyline enough to care about him and want him and Bridget together.
"my 1st audible book - majorily disappointing"
Didn't particularly find the narrator's voice interesting however this was probably because the story was as dull as ditchwater
All of it! I, like many others fell in love with Bridget Jones' diary and was excited when I heard helen fielding was bringing her back but found it to be a huge disappointment, it was hard to imagine Bridget as a 50 something as she's still portrayed as a desperate 30 something still looking for a man. The Rockster (or whatever his name is) didn't really come to life, unlike Mr Darcy and Mr Cleaver in the original book. Really struggled to listen to this all the way through but had to persevere hoping it would get better but sadly it didn't
no idea, this is my first audible book so haven't listened to other narrators
"So disappointing and irritating."
This book was DREADFUL!- so irritating to listen too! Bridget's boring life supposedly recorded daily, the lack of all pronouns in the dialogue, the voice and enunciation were totally wrong for Bridget. She's supposed to have two small children (who would have been conceived in her late 40's) and a job, yet has time to record every boring minutiae and mind numbing tweet which was totally unrealistic, and so tedious. I usually like Samantha Bond as an actress, but she is totally unsuited to the ditsy character that Ms Fielding was trying to portray in Bridget. All the hype this book had I can't believe it was so poor in every way.The diary format worked well for a young singleton, but for a woman of my age... get a grip Helen Fielding!
"A sad comedy"
I know this book has gotten great reviews - but I was really disappointed. What an earth happened to our Bridget? How can she all suddenly be a 50-year-old single mother without a job when she just in the previous book was a funny and wild single in the beginning of her career as reporter. I really did not get this. And as I do not have kids of my own, I did not get all the "jokes" about kids behaviour, nor all the terminology about "school runs" and stuff. Could not identify myself at all with the Bridget in this book. I was expecting a funny book about the Bridget's first years together with Mr, Darcy - the leap in the timeline was just too long.
If it will be this sad Bridget in mourning that plays the main role in the film, then no - I won't go to see it. I expect to get a good laugh when I go to see a Bridget Jones movie.
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