It’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?
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)