Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy : Bridget Jones

  • by Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by Samantha Bond
  • Series: Bridget Jones
  • 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.
Set in contemporary London, the new novel brings us Bridget in a new phase of life.


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Customer Reviews

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Love this book for exactly what it is

Set your expectations and settle in for a great, light, funny, endearing story. This is the third book in the Bridget Jones series, and, well, that's exactly what it is.
Bridget Jones is back, now in her early 50's, single, with two children. She's still struggling with her weight, her career, and how she perceives that the rest of the world clicks along smoothly while she struggles with staying organized, being a good mom, and navigating the modern dating scene.
This story is really funny, I laughed out loud dozens of times. The Jones character is endearing, I would want to be friends with her, she's very, very likable. I found myself really rooting for Jones and wanting to audibly "boooooo" characters that she met that weren't nice to her or didn't appreciate her quirkiness.
Are there flaws? Absolutely. A lot of the same tricks, themes, phrases, and cheap laughs from the first two books are back, so there isn't much originality. The climax of the book towards the end is badly written and entirely unbelievable. Also, the beginning of the book starts out in the middle of the story, then goes back in time a few months to catch you up and move forward--that transition was very clunky and I was confused for a few minutes before I figured it out. But this isn't the sequel to The Great Gatsby, it's Bridget Jones. If you loved the other Bridget Jones, and your expectations are that it's just as silly and flawed as those, then you'll love this one too.

The narrator was good, I really liked her voice for men, and her gasps and groans through Jones' follies added a lot to the story.

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- Marci

We should demand a rewrite

What could Helen Fielding have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

What a waste of time listening to a vapid, pathetic, whining Brigid pine for her dead husband while lusting after men almost half her age. Here's my fan fiction fantasy rewrite: Brigid & Mark are settling into the 7 year itch. Brigid, feeling insecure after putting on some baby weight, follows Mark on one of his many business trips, sure he's having an affair. Of course, Daniel has to go with her, so she doesn't rouse suspicion by putting the trip on her own credit cards. Meanwhile, She and Daniel are seen by Mark in a foreign city & misunderstandings & typical lovely Brigid mishaps ensue. Brigid & Mark get together in the end. So, Helen Fielding, how about a do-over?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Samantha Bond?

She's talented, but makes Brigid sound too old and whiny & her children too lispy. Sorry, Samantha. You're obviously very talented, just miscast.

What character would you cut from Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy?


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- Goldy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-15-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio