• Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

  • Mad About the Boy
  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Series: Bridget Jones, Book 3
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-10-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (35 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

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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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2013 Helen Fielding (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By E. Wright on 05-18-14

Slightly Ho-hum

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 01-13-14

Felt like coming home

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

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ann D on 11-07-13

A mixed reading/listening experience!

Any additional comments?

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Mo on 10-20-13

Audiobooks listened to:1, Disappointments:1

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.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shanteh on 11-10-15

Touching and magical

I laughed and cried out loud, wonderful performance by Sam Bond and a realistic account of life's up's and downs.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Zakgirl on 07-07-14

Just For Laughs...

What did you like most about Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy?

When I just wanted a light read with nothing too heavy - I turned to this book and luckily it worked...

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the ending of this book. Usually books have a way of making you feel good but that you lost something. This book made me feel good and that I gained something. It was unusual for me, this ending, and yet it wasn't anything that weird or anything. I can't say why because it would ruin the read for you. Let's just say it ended nicely.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the scene in the bushes. Can't say more about that.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have liked to have listened to this book in one sitting but considering how long it was that was never going to be an option for me. I enjoyed the longer length of this novel and how it was so light-hearted. I didn't have to try too hard to understand it - it simply fell out and I munched it all up, with a few dribbles of chocolate on my nice white coat :)

Any additional comments?

If you're simply looking for a bit of a laugh and especially if you're hitting an older age and may be just a little bit single, I think you'll get a few laughs out of this book and maybe a few laughs about yourself in the process. Have fun with it! I did.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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