Bridget Jones’s Diary – an audiobook review.

ScreenHunter_285 May. 16 18.09It’s hard to believe there’s a single woman on the planet who can’t relate to Bridget Jones. Brought to life here by Imogen Church’s playful narration, Bridget is as hopelessly irresistible – and just plain hopeless – as ever.

A dazzling urban satire of modern human relations? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something?

 

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Review

Overall 3.5 stars

Story  4.5 stars

Performance 3 stars

 

I have to start off by saying that I have read Bridget Jones’s Diary countless times since it’s release and seen the movie both in the cinema and at home oodles of times!

Helen Fielding is hilariously witty and Bridget is a fabulous, funny, intelligent 30 something who is having a bit of a mid-life crisis. Ultimately she wants love and to be one of the ‘smug married’s’ that she and her singleton buddies are quick to criticise. This book follows Bridget as she stumbles from one hilarious situation to another.

Helen Fielding brought us the 2nd literary Mr Darcy that I would love in my life.  For that I am eternally grateful.

So I loved the book, and loved the movie pretty much in equal measure and thought that I was onto a winner when I purchased the audiobook for myself. Alas I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped. The narration is fine and I cannot put my finger precisely on what I do not enjoy about this version but it just hasn’t worked for me in the way that the paperback or the movie did. There is a level of Bridget’s wit and sass missing from the narration and some of the phrasing does not work for me in audiobook form. For example: Bridget’s diary entries often contain phrasings like V good or VV bad. This works in book form, however it felt like the audiobook should have said ‘Very Good’ or ‘Very, Very bad’ for me this kind of got lost in translation.

I have Bridget Jones’s Baby to listen to too and I have never actually read this book (adored the movie)  so I will be approaching it from a different viewpoint. (Review to follow)

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Fiction/Bridget-Joness-Diary-Audiobook/B00FLXX4SQ

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12 thoughts on “Bridget Jones’s Diary – an audiobook review.

  1. I love that even though you seen the movie and read the book you still dove in and listened to the audio! Narrators can make or break an experience and I am glad the audio wasn’t your first experience based on your rating. 🙂

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  2. Total bummer that the audio didn’t measure up to the reading the book or the film. I don’t think anyone other than the original Bridget (Renee Zellweger) would work for me.

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  3. Great review, I haven’t read Bridget Jones’s Diary book yet and I haven’t seen any of the films yet either. But hopefully, I can get to the books and films one day. It’s a shame the audiobook didn’t really work out for you. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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