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This is a funny old book. I see paper form has very mixed reviews on Amazon, and I agree with both the good and the bad there. I found the first several chapters hard work indeed. Nothing much happened, but there were no shortage of words and here we find the problem of the book overall. It is verbose, at times going 'on and on' in a rather tedious way. The diary entry lists (number of pounds gained, boyfriends found, twitter followers found etc, etc, etc) were way too long and repetitive. Some descriptions of events showed the same lack of insight into the likely experience if the reader on the part of the author. For example, setting the scene for the beginning of a Christmas Carol concert did not require two verses of 'Once in Royal David City' word for word. Whilst some if this problematic prose could be skimmed over when reading, it is quite grating when listening to an audio book, as it is so frequent.
Despite the above, once I had slogged through the early chapters and before I cringed at several descriptions and lists near the end, I loved it. At times it made me laugh out loud and I was carried along with the narrative in a truly satisfying way. Samantha Bond narrated it beautifully, really bringing the characters to life. All in all, for an old Bridget Jones fan, its certainly worth a read or a listen, but to Helen Fielding, I say 'could do better'!
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The story fails to conjure the daffy lightness of the Bridget we love. Yes, she is older, but Samantha Bond makes her sound more like grand old dame than a grown up little girl lost. The warmth and adorable unpredictability of her character are gone here. Bond is great at character voices and purrs out a very decent, dastardly Daniel, but her Bridget is far too old money to pass off as dear barmy Bridget.
There are a few zany Bridget cringe moments, but Fielding goes for some very predictable gags. Daniel as a disastrous babysitter, Botox gone awry, etc.If you are a fan, you'll simpy have to find out what she's up to at 51. The departure of Darcy is handled, almost, with the required care, but you will miss clumsy, awkward but loveable Bridget.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I was quite excited to listen to this story having loved the two Bridget Jones movies, but not having read the books.
I found the story fairly boring with many moments being taken up with boring reading of Twitter comments that made me want to fast forward.
The story is very similar to the first but without the freshness and surprise that the first story gave us. I generally felt that the author was attempting to make some easy money out of a stock type of story.
The reader was ok but not wonderful.
Where does Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Easily one of my favorites. Samantha Bond was fantastic and handled the Bridget Jones we all know and love with perfect skill and did her every justice possible.
What did you like best about this story?
I bought this book not only because I'm a Bridget fan, but because I needed to laugh. And I was not disappointed.
Which scene was your favorite?
The farting sports day...was laughing so much I had to pause the book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed and cried till my stomach hurt. I felt like my old friend was back for a visit and I didn't want her to leave