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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"Bridget sans la Joie de Vivre"
Bridget cuts a more tragic figure in this book, through inevitably growing up, gaining responsibilities and becoming less of a purely comic character. Spending a large proportion of the book trying not to get sucked down to the 'dark place', the various Yummy Mummies, Twitter Followers and Toyboys that also feature seem more like sad caricature/truisms here than the LOLs they perhaps should prove. I could say a lot more, but, fine performance and a few smiles aside, this listen proved rather depressing, above all.
Wasn't happy when I first started listening but after a couple of chapters was so-so and by the middle I was hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Samantha Bond read this Bridget Jones novel.
Really great story that almost any woman can relate to. I knew that Darcy was dead and was very reluctant to read it, but it worked very well, with the perfect amount of sadness over her loss but also moving forward in a characteristically chaotic way.
"Fabulous listen for all Bridget fans"
Helen Feilding's 3 bridget book did not disappoint. It had been a quite awhile since the last bridget Jones book and I was worried that Bridget would not be the same. But oh she is, she's as down to earth, funny and charming as ever.
At the end I was sobbing at the ending. A truely fantastic book.
"A nice catch up with Bridget"
I really enjoyed this book. I was really pleased when it was released.
It was very up to date with current issues. The way it tackles current dating worries is bang on.
I thought this book might be sad giving what has happened (don't want to give the story away) but although the sad parts are covered enough so you understand they story doesn't dwell on the sad times in Bridget's life. brings a slight tear to the eye at times.
Feels like a catch up with an old friend you've not seen in years. a really enjoyable listen.
Funny, witty and a very good segue from the previous books. The writer has managed to stay true to the main character as she navigates the next stages of her life, while managing to maintain the same sense of humour that is so Bridget Jones! Loved it!
"Like rekindling an old friendship"
Bridget Jones books read: 3
Bridget Jones books enjoyed: 3 (v good)
Listening to this book was like running into an old friend who you haven't seen for years and remembering just how well you get on. I loved the first two Bridget Jones books, and when I first heard that this book had been written (and was spoilered about Mark's demise) I was worried I'd be disappointed. I really shouldn't have been though. I understand the reasoning behind bringing Bridget back as a widow - otherwise where would our familiar, scatter-brained, slightly-on-the-edge heroine have been? I don't think this book would have worked if all was essentially right with Bridget's life.
Because of what happens to Mark, this book has a slightly more serious feel than the first two, but I think Helen Fielding has got the balance right. It veers between utter hilarity - which had me giggling away to myself in public and probably looking like a total idiot - to heart-breaking sadness. Bridget's letter to Mark had me in tears, and I'm welling up again now writing about it. Fielding captures the sense of loss so perfectly, but also helps to show how it can be coped with, that there is still life afterwards.
I thought this was a fantastic read and I'm sad that it's finished.
"Hip Hip Hooray! for the return of Bridget Jones"
Absolutely. Don't be put off by the nay say-ers .. if you liked the first two Bridget Jones novels, you'll love this. If you prefer your fiction to be deeply meaningful, do go & read 'Love in a Time of Cholera' or similar, instead. This is intended to be pure fun, with some grains of truth liberally sprinkled in.
After Bridget of course, my fav character would have to be Mr Schoolteacher .. although I can't say why .. it would spoil it for you.
She perfectly captures the spirit of the character. Bravo!
Well I do have a partial life, so not quite that short of things to do, but I relished this over the course of a few days. Perfect when you're in the doldrums & need a 'pick-me-up',
Am auditioning for toy boys .. please respond via Twitter....
Exciting, Classic Bridget
I liked Samantha's voices pace and tone easy to listen to.
I was very sad to find out Mark DArcy had died.
Funny emotions uplifting
When she has an affair with a toy boy
Laugh and cry
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