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Olivia Joules and the overactive imagination
Helen Fielding
Adult Fiction FIELDIN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

London freelance reporter Olivia Joules may just be imagining that sexy Pierre Ferramo, whom she met at a face cream launch in Miami, is a terrorist, but she's not taking any chances. She follows him first to L.A., where she picks up a "spy ring" and a bug detector disguised as a calculator, and then to Honduras, where she falls in with a group of local scuba divers and learns that Pierre may be involved in some shady underwater dealings. But Olivia's travels don't end there. Before long, the aspiring spy finds herself in Egypt and then Sudan. Narrator Bailey handles the frequent change in setting skillfully, switching nimbly from the accents of a Honduran housekeeper to those of an Egyptian taxi driver. Although her American accent never quite rings true, no other reader could rival her performance of Olivia. Bailey's voice captures the essence of Fielding's intrepid heroine, her self-assurance, her determination to face challenges head on and her yearning to be appreciated for her strength, keen intuition and wild imagination. Fielding (Bridget Jones's Diary) has created a heroine for a new era, and with Bailey at the helm of this audiobook, listeners will gladly sit back and enjoy her outrageous exploits. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

The Bridget Jones series is entertaining and witty, but this new Fielding novel is disappointing. Olivia Joules (orphaned at age 14) moves to London and works as a writer for an international publication. She goes as a freelance journalist to the United States to cover the unveiling of a new face cream. At a party she meets Pierre Ferramo, an attractive Arabian film producer, who captivates her with his good looks and wealth. However, Olivia starts to connect Pierre to other frightening events going on in the area. She becomes convinced that he is a member of an al-Qaeda group in which Islamic fundamentalists drink, smoke, and womanize to disguise their true hatred toward Western culture. A ridiculous, thin, improbable plot based on world events, this wry thriller, read by Josephine Bailey, was clearly intended to be funny, but there is not much humor in this make-believe spoof. Not recommended.-Carol Stern, Glen Cove P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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