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Summary

Bridget Jones is back in this touching and funny story about impending motherhood. Catching up with the cast of characters is as comforting as seeing an endearing best friend after a long hiatus. Brilliantly narrated by British actress Samantha Bond, this gloriously witty story is comedy with a heart.

8.45 P.M. Realise there have been so many times in my life when have fantasised about going to a scan with Mark or Daniel: just not both at the same time.

Before motherhood before marriage Bridget with biological clock ticking very, very loudly finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated however by a crucial but terribly awkward question - who is the father? Mark Darcy: honourable decent notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming witty notable fuckwit?

9.45 P.M. It's like they're two halves of the perfect man who'll spend the rest of their lives each wanting to outdo the other one. And now it's all enacting itself in my stomach.

In this gloriously funny touching story of baby-deadline panic maternal bliss and social professional technological culinary and childbirth chaos Bridget Jones - global phenomenon and the world's favourite Singleton - is back with a bump.

©2016 Helen Fielding (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Has Bridget gone as far as she can go?

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 Daniel 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.

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Funny as ever

Great, easy listen. Lots of laughs & cringe worth moments. Lacking substance as always but that is rather an expectation with Bridget Jones.

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Fantastic audiobook

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This audiobook was a great and funny read

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bridget Jones's Baby?

When Bridget realised she was pregnant

Have you listened to any of Samantha Bond’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh throughout and smile all the way

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Narrator sounds too old

The book and story is great but I feel sorry to say that the narrator sounds a lot older than that of a 30 something which played on my mind throughout also the gahh sound effects annoyed me a lot.

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Ridiculous and Funny!

Exactly what you expect from a Helen Fielding book. Lots of funny and ridiculous situations for Bridget to find herself in with heartwarming moments thrown in.

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So much better than the film

I watch the film and laughed but the book is so much better. I have no idea why they didn't have Daniel Cleaver as the second possible father along with Mark Darcy. If they had made to feel the same way as the book, it would've been much better.

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not quite bridget

I have now listened to all 4 Bridget Jones diaries and for the 1st time ever found that the film was in fact better than the book, which i find odd. the book is quite significantly different to the film but the book came after the film. although I did laugh quite a few times and ultimately really enjoy it, it lacked something that was on the other 3 diaries. Bridget just didn't seem quite Bridget to me. it's still very much worth listening to though as still entertaining

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Brilliant!

Just as good if not better then the origibals, it's a brilliant book! its a must read... or listen ;)

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Brilliant!

Wanted to have read the book before watching the film. Great story and well read. It made me laugh & cry with happiness. Can't wait to see the film now 😊

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Film first

I saw the film before listening to the book. The book is great but having seen the film first, the storyline is totally different. I preferred the film version which is why I only rated this 4* and not 5.

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