How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo, he of the hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic international homes, and dubious French accent? Could Ferramo really be a major terrorist bent on the Western world's destruction, hiding behind a smokescreen of fine wines, yachts, and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia Joules's overactive imagination?
Join Olivia in her heart-stopping, hilarious, nerve-frazzling quest from hip hotel to eco-lodge to underwater cave, by light aircraft, speedboat, helicopter, and horse, in this witty, contemporary, and utterly unputdownable novel deluxe.
©2003 Helen Fielding; (P)2004 Penguin Audio and Books on Tape, Inc.
"Fielding's latest has all the ingredients of a good thriller - exotic locales, a resourceful heroine, intrigue, and a touch of sexy romance - but the book is also electric with Fielding's wry wit, and the combination is simply delightful." (Booklist)
"Fielding has created a heroine for a new era, and with Bailey at the helm of this audiobook, listeners will gladly sit back and enjoy her outrageous exploits." (Publishers Weekly)
For those of you looking for more Bridget Jones, I don't think you will be disappointed. First, however, I must mention the narrator -- she is excellent, and captures various voices excellently. I found the story started a bit slowly, but then I got hooked. Olivia is a reporter whose boss has decided she should stay away from hard news and work on fashion and lifestyle pieces. She keeps her eyes open, however, and finds herself in the middle of international intrigue. I would love to see this one made into a movie; especially the last scene. Olivia comes off as a smart young lady, although she has a few of the foibles related to being young. Good character analyis and great descriptions. Good for traveling. A few swear words and adult situations; but mostly pg 13.
This is a great book and the narration is excellent. If you enjoyed Bridget Jones, you will probably enjoy this book for its similar humor. While all of Bridget's angst is directed towards relationships, Olivia Joules has a more universal angst. She is a slightly stronger and more developed character.
In order to enjoy this book, you:
Must have: healthy sense of humor, with overdeveloped appreciation of the ridiculous.
Must not be: sensitive, particularly about terrorism in general or 9/11 in particular.
Horrible horrible!!! Waited patiently for the fun of Bridget Jones, never came. Received instead one ridiculus twist and "miraculous" save after another. Just horrid!
Olivia Joules was a very nice suprise "read". Great character, supurb narration. Everyone I recommended this book to loved it as well! Well Worth it!
I would highly recommend this book. It's light hearted, and the characters are quite endearing. Yes, it's unrealistic, but it never claims to be. Just let yourself enjoy it, and you'll be immersed in the story and characters, and especially in the imagination of the main character. You'll thoroughly enjoy it from beginning to end. Plus, it is well read.
Light,easy summer book. It's entertaining, Bridget Jones was better but this is ok. It's more along the lines of the the 2nd Jones book.
This is my "go to" audiobook. When I can't think of what else I'd like to listen to, or they're begging on the radio, I put this one on. Olivia is a writer for the style section, but she wants hard news. Her boss and her friend think she has an overactive imagination. Instead of hard news, she is assigned to cover a face cream launch, and then wannabe actors in LA. But could the hot "French" guy she met in Miami be an international terrorist? What's with the bell hop, anyway? And the hair-flicking Indian supermodel is up to something, for sure. Don't panic! Think. Breathe. That's number one on Olivia's rules for living, after all. Good rule to live by! The author gives the characters the perfect accents. Terrific light thriller, and great narration. I strongly recommend this one.
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