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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,463 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Fielding Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780786553624
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At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones’s Diary. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era. Move over 007, a stunning, sexy, and decidedly female, new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo, he of the hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic international homes, and dubious French accent? Could Ferramo really be a major terrorist bent on the Western world's destruction, hiding behind a smokescreen of fine wines, yachts, and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia Joules's overactive imagination?

Join Olivia in her heart-stopping, hilarious, nerve-frazzling quest from hip hotel to eco-lodge to underwater cave, by light aircraft, speedboat, helicopter, and horse, in this witty, contemporary, and utterly unputdownable novel deluxe.                                          

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 2/16/2014

    " Nothing like Briget Jones....quite disappointed. The book kept my interest...but well, who wants to read about self-absorbed characters for 300 pages? Do not recommend. Or I only recommend if you need entertainment and have no other option. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kuznechin_Chick | 2/7/2014

    " I first thought I would not be interested to read it further. The story at the beginning was a little "slow". As I apporached futher, it was quiet interestin. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 2/2/2014

    " I loved Bridget Jones so I thought I would give this one a go. It started out strong and had a good mix of humor and suspense. However towards the end it seemed to lose direction and sort of petered out. All in all it's not bad for a light quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bree | 1/31/2014

    " not as good as her Bridget Jones books but I liked this book. It was far fetched and I can see why everyone thinks she has the over imaginative mind. It was fun and a quick read. I will probably read it again as i have kept the book instead of selling it again on ebay like my other not so good books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karschtl | 1/20/2014

    " I loved Bridget Jones (especially the first book, and of course the movies), but Olivia Joules is apparently not my thing at all. Her 'case' and research are a bit too bizarre. And after not even a month I cannot even remember how it all ends (which guy she gets, if any at all...). I had hoped for more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ladyredlight007 | 1/17/2014

    " At times I thought the plot was a little hard to follow, but the main character - Olivia - is very likeable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liza LS | 1/17/2014

    " A fun romp though I am glad I bought it second-hand. There were some genuinely funny moments, but I have read this story done better - it was William Gibson's Pattern Recognition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Day | 1/12/2014

    " This book is by the same author as Bridget Jones Diary so I thought I'd give it a go. It was a cute read, definitely love british humor. It is a good light book, great for flights or sunbathing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jules | 1/12/2014

    " This was really, quite bad. I read about 100 pages and gave out. Bad storyline, completely unbelievable, boring writing style. Just did not work for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Gilarde | 1/10/2014

    " Fun fluff. Entertaining - beach reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary-Jane | 12/29/2013

    " Could have been a funny story. Turned out weird. Did not like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Sharp | 12/28/2013

    " Mildly entertaining. British comedy never fails in that respect, though it was no mind altering read. great for summer silliness "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylie | 12/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story actually. A lot of it was a bit far-out, but it was definitely adventurous, humourous, and fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 My Two | 12/3/2013

    " Interesting, Bridget Jones meets James Bond. A little silly but easy to read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 11/30/2013

    " Well... once I figured out that it was a James-Bond-if-James-Bond-were-a-woman-type book, it made more sense. But while the adventure was pretty fun, the one scandalous scene really made me decide I wouldn't read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guin | 11/23/2013

    " Great read, by the same author of "Bridget Jones Diary". Totally different character and context but just as funny.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alana | 11/17/2013

    " I like Helen Fielding, but I really did not enjoy what I read of this book before I put it down, unfortunately. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kacey | 11/8/2013

    " The main character is Bridget Jones, just renamed. This author seems to be one-dimensional. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marsha | 10/4/2013

    " A female Ian Fleming she is not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 8/24/2013

    " I love Bridget Jones but this one is ridiculous. I just couldn't get into it and I didn't finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mari | 8/2/2013

    " Ultimately un-readable, though I tried. Finally just read the last few pages to see what happened. Too fantastical. She should've stuck with Bridget Jones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noele | 3/14/2013

    " Entertaining and a but absurd. Nothing too spectacular but I would definitely pick it up again on a rainy day for an escape from the gloom and doom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Holveck | 2/9/2013

    " It is a fun, easily entertaining book I read in Costa Rica. Definitely good for the beach! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/28/2013

    " Amusing story about a female 007, but not as good as Fielding's other books (ever heard of Bridge Jones?). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 12/10/2012

    " I laughed my butt off reading this book. Not deep, but entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Reiter | 12/2/2012

    " Not sure why this book has such bad reviews. I found it funny with an interesting (very unrealistic) plot. I wish they would write a follow up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 7/26/2012

    " Hillarious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ktliba | 7/22/2012

    " This book was easy to read, but really ridiculous! I was looking for a light and frivolous book for vacation, but this was too far out there to really enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyce | 7/21/2012

    " Fun read! I think it would make a better movie than Bridget Jones's Diary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie | 3/19/2012

    " Ugh. I only read 4 or 5 chapters of this horrid book before I quit. I just didn't care about Olivia Joules. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Liggett | 3/16/2012

    " For some reason I really loved getting sucked into the imaginary world on Olivia Joules and this book! It was silly and laugh out loud funny at times and very reminiscent of Bridget Jones. A feel-good book that is very easy to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenk | 3/1/2012

    " Funny, quick-witted, and fast-paced-- this book doesn't get boring. Although the situations are improbable to say the least, the book and main character is still entertaining and engaging. Great for a relaxing, escapism read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 12/29/2011

    " I really like this book full of Fielding's fun persona. It's a travel book, romance, spy novel & adventure diving book all in one. Olivia Joules' rules for living are good to live by. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 5/22/2011

    " Fun, light, quick summer beach read to relax. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 5/16/2011

    " If you can get past the ridiculous premise, then it's a cute read. "

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

    " Another fun, foofy book from the author of Bridget Jones. Olivia Joules combines James Bond-esque story lines with a heroine who is a writer possessing an overactive imagination. The book should strictly be read for fun zaniness and no other literary expectations. A good beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 5/4/2011

    " I bought this because it was $1 at a church book sale and looked interesting. I was right, it kept me entertained the entire time. I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ahalya | 4/29/2011

    " Didn't like it at all. Was expecting something like Bridget Jones, but was totally let down. This was an example of a badly crafted plot and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 4/13/2011

    " I really liked this book, because it was a lot of fun! Sure in some ways it was silly, but still fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tahnee | 4/13/2011

    " So awful in so many ways. Manages to be just plain stupid while attempting smug satire ... Character is meant to be fantastical I know but even fantastical characters need a consistency and logic. Glibness without the kind of polish that makes it fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 4/12/2011

    " If you can suspend belief, you may enjoy this. Very light "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 4/8/2011

    " 2 1/2 stars. I may have penalized this book because I really enjoyed Bridget Jones and this just isn't nearly as good. Therefore I was somewhat disappointed... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckyg1412 | 4/6/2011

    " Loved it. I didn't want her adventure to end! This should be made into a movie! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shawna | 2/17/2011

    " Terrible!

    Was this supposed to be real story...is it in her head? Is she in an institution!? Because she should be...just ridiculous "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanna | 2/14/2011

    " Dreadful. Awful heroine, terrible plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 2/7/2011

    " I found it funny, even though it is broadly insulting to everyone and highly inaccurate on too many counts. But it made enjoyable listening while I worked on a sewing project. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 12/31/2010

    " I really wanted to like this because I love the Bridget Jones series but it was awful! I only finished because it was short. It did get better by the end but not enough to save it. "

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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. 

About the Narrator

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.