This story just doesn't add up. Bridget is now supposed to be a lonely widow in her fifties but only has to lose a bit of weight an don a pair of thi..Show More »gh boots, and she has men panting after her. Gone are the big knickers to be replaced by g strings and low rise jeans. She has the mental age of a challenged 16 year old and seems to need advice on how to get dressed in the morning. Despite the fact she has been married to a leading human rights lawyer she has no opinions about anything other than what is going on in her own small world. The sex scenes are ghastly and the references to nits and bodily functions are repetitive and frankly tedious. Despite this, there are a couple of amusing scenes that served as a faint reminder of the earlier books. I carried on listening to the end and when it was all over I heaved a huge sigh of relief. Like other reviewers I wish that Helen Fielding could tear this up and leave us with the memories of how good Bridget Jones used to be.
I gave this three stars based on the strength of Samantha Bond's narration. I just wish that Mabel didn't so so much like Violet Elizabeth Bott.
To kill time over my daily 90 min drive to and again from work it was OK, but seriously lacked any kind of substance or 'gripability'. I really could ..Show More »have taken or left this book which is a shame as I thoroughly ejoyed Helen Fieldings original BJ books!
This is all you want from Bridget Jones. She drinks too much with her baby-free friends, gets into a catalogue of scrapes, has sex with bad-idea Danie..Show More »l and it's-all-so-over (not) Mark Darcy within days - and finds that she's not peri-menopausal but pregnant. The Diary hurtles along as Bridget is batted between Mark and Daniel: they fight together after seeing the scan, Daniel drowns her in dinners and pretentious talk about his rubbish novel and Mark retires wounded for a while
If you're offended by the f-word, this isn't for you since a significant percentage of Bridget's Diary contains it and elaborate variations of it. You certainly won't be amused by Daniel's outrageous (but funny) excuse for blaming Bridget for her pregnancy!! It's all part of the breakneck pace and humour of the Diary, which is essential since the whole depends on speed which stops you thinking about any serious aspect of Bridget's life. It's all light hearted fun about whether Daniel or Mark is the baby's father, and whether Bridget will finally lasso Mark.
Generally, Helen Fielding doesn't do subtlety and there are lots of funny and exaggerated swipes at the way life is these days, but the growing love between Bridget and her unborn baby and the final lines of the story hit a genuine and emotional high note.
I do think, though, that this should be the end of Bridget Jones and her Diary. The silly-girl-Bridget predicaments and plot lines seem rather tired and it would be a good idea to leave it there whilst it's still successful, though less so than previous Bridgets. Just like Jane Austen had the sense to leave Elizabeth Bennet once she'd married her Darcy (can you imagine just how dull that marriage would have been?), Helen Fielding would be well advised to leave Bridget to adjust to motherhood and bring up her baby without us!
Samantha Bond makes an excellent narrator full of pace and well defined character voices, including those of the men - a tricky job well done.