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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking USA (June 7 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2702896235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670033331
  • ASIN: 0670033332
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,475,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rose on Oct. 16 2005
Format: Paperback
I really really liked Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination. Okay, so the plot wasn't exactly perfect -- it runs all over the place and leaves you in the dust, wondering what on earth just happened more than once -- but it is SOOOOOO funny. I laughed so much, and I just loved all the characters. I think I enjoyed this book a lot more than the two Bridget Jones books because Olivia Joules actually has a BRAIN. Bridget is just a bumbling fat fool (albeit a lovable one), but Olivia means business! I definitely recommend this book. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lesley West on June 3 2004
Format: Hardcover
I adored the Bridget Jones diaries, which I think are among the cleverest of the genre, so it was with great anticipation that I picked up Helen Fielding's latest effort. I was disappointed.
Sure the book delivers all that it promises - fast paced action in the beautiful parts of the world, potentially evil terrorists (or playboys?), big terrorist attacks, sub plots and red herrings. But somewhere along the way, I really began to find the book was quite hard going. I think I just stopped being interested in, or caring about our hero Olivia.
It is certainly mildly entertaining, and as a smallish book it is a quick read, great for lying on a beach somewhere. But I think it is also a great opportunity missed. Perhaps it will translate better into a movie - this is a screenplay waiting in the wings.
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By Shepherdess Extraordinaire TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 13 2006
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a fluffy, fun, brain candy book, this is it! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It's a combination of Bridgette Jones and Stephanie Plum (the "lingerie sales clerk turned bounty hunter" heroine in author Janet Evanovich's series of novels). So the plot is unrealistic - big deal! It's a fun read! Few books make me laugh out loud like this one did.
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By A Customer on July 21 2005
Format: Paperback
Although not as good as Bridget Jones, this book was still light and fun. It kept me reading right until the end, laughing out loud at the silliness of Olivia - a good charachter who displays values as well as imagination!
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By A Customer on May 26 2005
Format: Paperback
I had high hopes for this book having enjoyed both Bridget Jones book. One word -- BORING. The character was super annoying and the plot very weak and absurd.
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By Ez on Nov. 5 2004
Format: Paperback
Journalist Olivia Joules (formerly Rachel Pixley) believes that Osama Bin Laden is masquerading as a millionaire French playboy. Oh yes, this book is tacky, Hollywood-style drivel that is neither thrilling nor funny. (...). I don't approve of that racial stereotyping. This book is surely below your intelligence - after all, it's below mine. (D)
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Format: Hardcover
I am a huge Bridget Jones fan mainly because Helen Fielding has such a great sense of humour. She also has a uncanny knack for pinpointing the hidden fears many women have running through their minds at some point (though, thankfully, most of us are not quite as neurotic).
Now Fielding presents us with a new heroine, and on paper, it all looks great. A witty heroine as well as a fast-paced adventure plot? What could be cooler than a female spy? Sadly, I really felt this novel was just a hollow echo of Fielding's previous offerings. Sure Olivia is more composed and less of a spazz than Bridget, but Bridge made those qualities (or lack thereof) endearing. Bridget is not exactly someone we strive to be, but I still empathised with her more than Olivia, who just rang false and never seemed fully conceived to me. Somehow, Fielding has all the parts right, but the result is underwhelming.
I personally did not enjoy the terrorism plot, which seemed tawdry and like a poor attempt to cash in on an ever-present global threat. As well, I found the twists very predictable, and I'm not really one of those readers that thinks ahead... at least not if the story's good enough to utterly enrapture me. Again, I'm not sure how, but this book seems trite and was very unsatisfying.
I would recommend borrowing this from a friend or at least waiting for it in paperback. It's not worth a hardcover printing. I would have given this a 2.5 star rating if I could have.
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Format: Hardcover
I can't tell you how glad I was that the kissing scenes were limited. I enjoyed reading this book. All of a sudden all sorts of thrillers are popping up. If you like this one, with strong women characters I recommend....
Da Vinci Code
and
The Fifth Internationale.
Thanks again Helen for such super books.
Elizabeth
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