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Publisher's Summary

At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era. Move over 007, a stunning, sexy, and decidedly female, new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Great Romp; wonderfully performed

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Allison
  • Cary, IL, United States
  • 01-26-05

One of my favorite

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!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Elana
  • Shrewsbury, PA, USA
  • 11-22-05

Lots of Fun

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Heather
  • San Rafael, CA, USA
  • 03-10-05

Fabulous & fun read

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ellen
  • Kitty Hawk, NC, United States
  • 10-13-11


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.

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Gaaakc!!1The Perils of Pauline.....

Horrible horrible!!! Waited patiently for the fun of Bridget Jones, never came. Received instead one ridiculus twist and "miraculous" save after another. Just horrid!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I just want more. Narration superb.

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From hot bell boys to Osama Bin Ladin!

Where does Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I gave it 5 stars, the story is awesome the narrator is awesome. She acts out all the character voices, with geographic accuracy and some are quite silly - especially the american wannabe actresses, who are, like, totally into themselves. (cue hair toss) Haha.

What did you like best about this story?

Olivia starts out a shy freelance writer who often gets put down by her boss. Her BFF is hilarious and tries to protect her from herself. But, eventually her overactive imagination gets the best of her and she's in deep.

Which scene was your favorite?

I have a lot of favorite parts of this book. One being when she expalins to a room of serious CIA agents what Pierre does to her finger. Hahaha.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well, she does attract hot guys, so that will move any woman.

Any additional comments?

Overall just a fun book. Also has crime, murder and spies... reminds me of the MI6 movies.

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  • Lara
  • East Haven, CT, USA
  • 10-11-06


Great story, fun twists. A little predictable occasionally, but always entertaining. Highly recommend this one.

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  • Shannon
  • boothwyn, PA, USA
  • 03-13-06


This book had me cracking up – which was a feat giving how sick I was when I was listening to it. The characters and situations were so outrageous that it kept me hooked. Classic Helen Fielding.