Bridget Jones’s Baby
By: Helen Fielding
Narrator: Morwenna Banks
Penguin Random House Audio/Random House Audio
Genre: Fiction – Humorous – General
Release Date: October 11, 2016
3 Hours and 30 Minutes
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Bridget Jones, beloved Singleton and global phenomenon, is back with a bump in Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries.
As Bridget careers towards baby-deadline, a series of classic Bridget Jones moments finally leads her into pregnancy–but just not quite as intended. It’s a pregnancy full of cheesy potatoes, outlandish advice from Drunken Singletons and Smug Mothers, chaos at scans and childbirth classes, high jinks and romance, joy and despair–but all of it dominated by the terribly awkward question: Who’s the father? http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/553641/bridget-joness-baby/
Movie Blurb is available at https://www.facebook.com/bridgetjonesbaby/about/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item and it is more descriptive.
Apparently, Helen Fielding has decided to rewrite the history she wrote in MAD ABOUT THE BOY and resurrect Mark Darcy. But, an August 9 article in The Daily Mail reports that this book is not a sequel but occurs between THE EDGE OF REASON and MAD ABOUT THE BOY.
If you have been away from media for a while you may not have seen that this book has been timed to release along with the movie of the same name. In the book version Bridget is pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is: Mark or Daniel Cleaver. But a difference is that Hugh Grant is apparently not reprising his role and Patrick Dempsey is stepping in to replace the Daniel Cleaver character. I’m not revealing anything the movie trailer doesn’t reveal.
And that is the thing, when a movie franchise is so closely tied to a book series it is seriously impossible for me to watch one without thinking of the other. They are just inextricably linked.
I was amused by the story and the narrator offers a character voice that lines up perfectly with the amalgamation of the character in the first book and Renée Zellweger’s portrayal from the first movie.
Overall, the plot is typical Bridget, but it is still funny and piquant. Just as she benevolently bumbled her way through the earlier books, she cheesy-potatoes herself through an unexpected pregnancy. Bridget’s beaus, Mark and Daniel, are much the same as ever, although Mark Darcy seems just a little stuffier. And, sometimes his actions are too over the top for whatever prompts them.
Throughout the book, Bridget is writing to her baby through her diary, which is charming and a little weird because she is pretty open about her life. Her dad seems a bit wiser and less aloof than in “Diary.”
Read/listen to the book, see the movie, and enjoy time with the contemporary, British, Every Woman, Bridget Jones.