When Helen Fielding first wrote Bridget Jones' Diary, charting the life of a 30-something singleton in London in the 1990s, she introduced audiences to one of the most beloved characters in modern literature. The book was published in 40 countries, sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, and spawned a best-selling sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
The two books were turned into major blockbuster films starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth. With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget's life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email CC, total lack of Twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on.
An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.
Helen Fielding’s third Bridget Jones diary-novel, Mad About the Boy, follows Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, both made into hit films starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. When we meet Bridget once more, she is widowed – left well-provided for by Mark Darcy’s will – and approaching middle age. Narrated by Samantha Bond, this audiobook explores single parenthood, tweeting, texting, sex and relationships the second time around with all the warmth, humour and occasional hilarious awkwardness listeners have come to expect from the modern Everywoman who is Bridget Jones. Download Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy from Audible.
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A mixed reading/listening experience!
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'!
- Ann D
Audiobooks listened to:1, Disappointments:1
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.