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Bridget Jones’s Diary | [Helen Fielding]

Bridget Jones’s Diary

From its beginning as a weekly column in a British newspaper, Bridget Jones’s Diary quickly became a best-seller in England. After gaining international popularity, it also shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. A 30-something single professional, Bridget Jones prefers a diary to a day planner for tracking her life. Each entry is an honest and hilarious step in her endless quest for self-improvement.
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Publisher's Summary

"Sunday 1 January: 129 lbs. (but post-Christmas), alcohol units 14 (but effectively covers 2 days as 4 hours of party was on New Year’s Day), cigarettes 22, calories 5424."

From its beginning as a weekly column in a British newspaper, Bridget Jones’s Diary quickly became a best-seller in England. After gaining international popularity, it also shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. A 30-something single professional, Bridget Jones prefers a diary to a day planner for tracking her life. Each entry is an honest and hilarious step in her endless quest for self-improvement. ("New Year’s Resolution: Go to gym three times a week not merely to buy sandwich.") Caught between match-making relatives, other singles, and smug marrieds, Bridget records the triumphs and faux-pas of her life in this diary.

Funny, witty, and, at times, charmingly innocent, Bridget Jones’s Diary has a voice that is absolutely authentic. You’ve seen the Bridgets of the world trot by on their way to the office or gym. Now, through Barbara Rosenblat’s narration, you’ll spend some wonderful hours in the company of one. But be warned: from the very first line, you’ll be laughing out loud and looking for friends to introduce to this wonderful young woman.

©1996 Helen Fielding (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A brilliant comic creation." (Salman Rushdie)

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    Mary Stevenson Ranch, CA, United States 10-27-13
    Mary Stevenson Ranch, CA, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2011

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    "maybe i missed Renee Zellweiger"
    What did you love best about Bridget Jones’s Diary?

    The story is great fun and so relatable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    bridget duh


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Barbara Rosenblat?

    maybe: Rosenblatt was fine, but too high class Brit to be Bridget


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen regardless. Obviously, adults only

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 06-05-12
    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2008

    Audiobook addict

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    "Fun, Fun, Fun"
    If you could sum up Bridget Jones’s Diary in three words, what would they be?

    Smart, funny, endearing


    What did you like best about this story?

    BrIdget is so very real. Having been a singleton myself, I can easily relate to her dating ups and downs.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms Rosenblat does a great Brit.


    Who was the most memorable character of Bridget Jones’s Diary and why?

    Bridget, of course! She has such inner poise. Mark Bloody Darcy is a great character too.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my all time faves. Sits high atop the Chick Lit genre. Nothing else comes close.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea L. Whitcomb 07-15-12 Member Since 2012

    Stunning

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    "Outstanding performance of a very fun story."

    Barbara Rosenblat's performance captures BJ perfectly! Fun fun fun story.
    This is an excellent, light-hearted adventure. As Bridget would say, "VG indeed"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Beardall 11-30-14
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    "So dissapointed"
    What would have made Bridget Jones’s Diary better?

    I love the movie; but this is not the movie. Bridget in the movie is quirky and lovable. Bridget in the book is self centered and awful!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Fielding again?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was GREAT, the story was flawed


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    So disappointed - was hoping for a deeper look at the characters I fell in love with in the movie, but got completely different characters instead.


    Any additional comments?

    Would NOT recommend - go rent the movie instead. It's much better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda 07-21-14
    Lynda 07-21-14
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    "Absolutely Not For Me"

    I bought this book because of the recommendations from other readers. Big mistake! This book was, boring and trivial...I found nothing interesting in her life and even less to relate to me. I realize I'm in the minority but not all books appeal to all persons. I finished listening to it partly because I paid good money for it and partly because I kept thinking it would have to get better...but it never wavered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    janae Livingston, Montana, United States 01-26-14
    janae Livingston, Montana, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The movie and book are the same."
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    The reader for this book was perfect. The book made me laugh many times. If you enjoyed the movie you will love the book!

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    K. Garswood Ontario, Canada 10-13-13
    K. Garswood Ontario, Canada 10-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mediocre storyline that's just great fun anyway"
    What did you love best about Bridget Jones’s Diary?

    The humorous presentation. The story itself isn't that terrific - it's a weak wandering to get to the conclusion that we all saw coming in the first weeks, but getting there was awfully fun nonetheless.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Well, this is the interesting thing. I'd heard her read The Elegance of the Hedgehog and wanted more of her, and this is what I came up with. I wasn't sure about it, because I hadn't liked the movie at all, but I listened to the preview and was amused.

    I thought Barbara sounded too mature for Bridget, but I got over it and just really had fun with it - she's a terrific narrator and really immerses herself in the role.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud several times - never cried. It was a nicely fluffy bit of escapism.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 07-25-13
    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 07-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hilarious"

    I read this book several years ago and remember it being very funny, so when I was in need of a good laugh I decided to give it a try again to see if it was as funny as I remembered.

    It did not disappoint! Very good narration as well!

    I recommend this book to all women for sure :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Austin, TX, United States 03-11-13
    Katherine Austin, TX, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2004
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    "marvelously performed"

    Hadn't read this book in many years but was in the mood for a comedy -- it's still very funny, and this reader is absolutely terrific.

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    Figgy 09-26-12
    Figgy 09-26-12
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    "My inner Bridget peeks her head out sometimes!"

    If you've seen the movie than you will definitely like the book better! So full of zany and relatable situations. I think we've all had a bit of those situations. A light herated, fun and easy story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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