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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (4,036 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Fielding Narrator: Bernadette Quigley Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9781596006904
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Cause Celeb—the critically acclaimed debut novel from a writer with a boundless grasp of the existential and the uproarious—has just landed in America. Deftly skewering the world of celebrity fundraising, Fielding has created an alternately comic and moving satire that straddles the glitter of media London and the horrors of an African refugee crisis.

Rosie Richardson, a twenty-something literary puffette, is in a totally non-functional relationship with an unevolved but irresistible adult male—a hotshot TV presenter who plunges her into the glitzy, bitchy, inane lifestyle of London's It people. Disillusioned with the celebrity world, Rosie escapes to run a refugee camp in the African jungle.

When famine strikes and a massive refugee influx heads for the camp, governments and agencies drag their heels. Bringing her former media savvy to the fore, realizing the only way to get food out fast is to bring celebrities first, Rosie turns to the life and man she fled to organize a star-studded emergency appeal from famine-racked Africa.

Seamlessly bridging cataclysm and farce through the insights of a modern-day everywoman, Cause Celeb crackles with insight into fame, passion, and altruism in our time.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannette | 2/20/2014

    " I had bought this book a long time ago but never had gotten into it. By the time I got around to attempting it I was very much interested in the general plot, international aid & African refugees. It was light and not too serious but definitely got a good message out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ty | 2/14/2014

    " I think there is a reason why this was unpublished in the U.S... this really is a boring book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Slipperbunny | 2/12/2014

    " I like chick lit, but it's not my favorite genre. It's what I read for fun I guess. This is the first book I have read from Helen Fielding and I liked Cause Celeb. I gave it only two stars because Rosie wasn't very good main character and there were a couple of things that annoyed me. But I laughed a little and the story was much better than I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/11/2014

    " It's an interesting and odd mix of hilarity and horror. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanna Coleman | 2/3/2014

    " Read it because I tried to get my hands on anything Fielding wrote. It had a decent storyline but it was no BJD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 1/26/2014

    " I randomly discovered this book when I was living in Senegal, which may have made me like it more since it's about Africa, but I just loved it. I can read it over and over again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 1/24/2014

    " As the one Helen Fielding book that is an entirely original story (as in, not ripped from the pages of Jane Austen), this is actually a well written and interesting novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milena March | 1/24/2014

    " This book was not what I expected of it. I came to it after reading Bridget Jones's Diary and was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a rather self-richeous main character, so it was comforting to find Fielding had created a character who was appealing and likeable. Though not as entertaining as Bridget Jones, Rosie's story is thought-provoking. The book makes it clear Fielding very much cares about poverty and the issues she tackles in her first novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 alessandra | 1/19/2014

    " I was eager to read a book from Helen Celeb, author of Bridget Jones Diary, that discussed a humanitarian crisis in Africa. I think she did a good job of combining heartache (similar to Bridget's) and cause, but there was something about it that just didn't resonate with me as a compelling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/16/2014

    " Not as good as the Bridget Jones books, but not horrible like Olivia Joules. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chee Chee | 1/7/2014

    " A read inspired by my recent travels. Not bad for a first novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liza | 12/26/2013

    " I read all but about 30 pages, months ago, and have no desire to finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 12/3/2013

    " Hated it! I couldn't even finish it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann | 11/30/2013

    " So incrediby bad that it made Bridget Jones actually seem like a good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Coverley | 10/29/2013

    " What a shame that this little gem (albeit a chick lit gem ) should be so overlooked for Bridget Jones. Altogether smarter and witter. You end up asking important questions about the world without realizing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan Moloney | 10/29/2013

    " Before there was Bridget, there was Cause Celeb! Very good novel about a woman who travels to Africa as an aid worker. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra | 6/8/2013

    " Was really disappointed with this book after reading Bridget Jones "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dyanna | 3/16/2013

    " Between the effective descriptions of African famine in the mid-80's/early 90's and the completely unlikeable celebrity characters (all of them), it was hard to find anything to keep you going reading this book. I finished it but I didn't want to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 2/7/2013

    " Wow, totally different than I thought it was going to be. Interesting commentary on the notion of celebrity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devon Trevarrow Flaherty | 1/9/2013

    " Couldn't get through it. It was not very interesting, even though I am interested in plenty of the topics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mo | 10/20/2012

    " Meh. Lacks the charm of Bridget Jones. The heroine is kind of an idiot, and she bothered me a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mei | 9/3/2012

    " Too funny! Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 8/6/2012

    " It took me a while to finish this book b/c I just wasn't that into it. It was ok and at parts I laughed out loud. I liked her Bridget Jones's Diary books much better, funnier and more entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron Callaghan | 4/22/2012

    " Loved this- thinking of re-reading it too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessichay | 4/3/2012

    " Has a slightly similar love triangle aspect like Bridget Jones'. I found this book an easy read. Rosie, the main character is admirable and dedicated. The background for this novel is interesting, and opened my mind to realities of hunger, poverty and war in Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 11/27/2011

    " I liked this better than either of the Bridget Jones books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 11/7/2011

    " This is one of these books where it is unclear whether or not I actually like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 9/4/2011

    " It wasn't a bad book. I guess I just expected more humor and likeability of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 9/3/2011

    " Bought this in London, after reading both Bridget Jones books. It's a pretty unique plot, which is something you couldn't say for the first Bridget Jones (based on Pride & Prejudice). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Burklin | 7/30/2011

    " This was a really good book, not as light and fluffy as some of her others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 5/19/2011

    " A light-hearted satire that takes a look at celebrity causes and humanitarian efforts, while incorporating some romance and a bit of self-growth for the main character, Rosie. Enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/14/2011

    " Maybe a 3.5. Pretty smart for a chick book. Started out kind of light, but all of the parts set in Africa were very interesting. I think this one will stay with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 2/14/2011

    " As the one Helen Fielding book that is an entirely original story (as in, not ripped from the pages of Jane Austen), this is actually a well written and interesting novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anastasia | 1/4/2011

    " I gave it 4 stars because I personally feel related to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 1/4/2011

    " This is Bridget Jones meets refugee camp - made for a bit of an uneven story, like the book couldn't decide if it was chick lit about relationships, or a serious commentary on poverty, war, and hunger in Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deidre | 12/27/2010

    " Not heavy, but I really liked it. It allowed me to fulfill a lifetime fantasy with out ever leaving my living room. Feel good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilse | 12/22/2010

    " ah. wijvenboek, natuurlijk. maar wel behoorlijk goed, met al die hongersnoden en al. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 9/25/2010

    " I liked this better than either of the Bridget Jones books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Squarekitty | 9/3/2010

    " After 'Bridget Jones's Diary', I thought I'd love this too, but no, alas, I put it down 1/4 way through.....maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this kind of book at the time and may try it again another day. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 8/19/2010

    " Fielding's first novel is awful! Maybe it was writing practice for her second book, Bridget Jones' Diary? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sasa | 8/18/2010

    " A cut above other holiday trash. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 8/13/2010

    " Nice, though a bit too melodramatic and sad. Happy end included. "

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About the Author
Author Helen Fielding

Helen Fielding is an English novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the fictional character Bridget Jones, a sequence of novels and films that chronicle the life of a thirtysomething single woman in London as she tries to make sense of life and love. They have been published in forty countries and sold over fifteen million copies.