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"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

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"A brilliant comic creation." (Salman Rushdie)

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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

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  • Jill
  • Locust Grove, GA, United States
  • 06-05-12

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.

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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"

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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!

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love this story.

I read this book probably once a year. Absolutely love it. Great performance. Highly recommend

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Had high hopes...

I had high hopes for this story as it got great reviews and a ton of buzz when the movie came out. I found it to just meh.... Wasn't all that interested in the characters didn't seem to have much character development. Also found it hard to fully understand due to the different British terms used. I get that it was a British story but made it harder to follow for me... Bummer.

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Fun and Funny

Why have I waited this long to listen to this book? I look forward to the next one!

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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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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. <br/><br/>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.

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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