I am reading this as a local book club selection. Narrator Kathleen Wilhoite is a TV actress I haven't seen, but her bio says she's from CA which is where the main character lived before moving to Seattle. I liked the old TV show "Rhoda," but I didn't like listening to this narrator who sounds just like Rhoda, her sister Brenda, and their mother. I realized that I didn't like the main character or the whole book because of it. I've listened to 3/4 of the book. Now I'm going to try to shake the memory of this voice off and start the book all over again, ONLY AS A READ! I researched her (Kathleen Wilhoite) and found that she is a TV actress and was born and lives in CA (main character lived in CA and moved to Seattle.) I'm going to write down her name and not get another audible book she narrates!!
Thus far I've enjoyed all the characters. Bernadette's behavior is absurd, and it's definitely not a book I'd even think about reading again, but it obviously suits some people's taste--probably people younger than I am (60's) and not a Southerner!
100%. I'd never buy it as an audible book again.
Fun, easy, entertaining
When Bee gives her mom the locket in the velvet bag
I liked how well she defined the characters with her voice.
I laughed out loud many, many times!
I hesitated getting this book because of the voice of the reader, but once I got into the book, I had grown to love her. This book won't change your life, but it will put a spring in your step! Very entertaining!
This was not the worst book I've listened to, but I found it very difficult to care for any of the characters. I did, about half way through, wonder where Bernadette went (though I had a pretty good idea). All the characters are overblown.
There is great loyalty among the three family members and they actually understand each other quite well. A member of my book club says this is about agoraphobia but I disagree - it's simply about a whole bunch of people who are dysfunctional and have enough money to give into their whims and act in ridiculous ways.
I wanted to throttle this reader with the affectation of a childish voice. Just because the book is written from the viewpoint of a teenager, you do not need to use a high pitched, whining voice more akin to a 7 year old. I almost stopped listening to get the book at the library and read it.
I would not bother with this as a movie.
"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis
B was my favorite. She was so nonchalant for a teenager. I kept thinking she was much younger acting older, so when the book started pointing out that she had turned 15, I kept thinking that was strange.
There is a reunion scene that I enjoyed but if I say more there will be a spoiler.
I had trouble with the narrator's voice at first. It was a bit annoying. I mostly got used to it, and she did pretty well with the different voices, but overall there was some kind of high tone to it that bothered my ear. As usual, the volume on this Audible book did not go high enough so that I could listen in my car without a headphone due to road noise.
The narration was fine (a little high pitched for my taste but ok) but the story was weak. There are no real characters you can care about. The two main characters, Bernadette and her daughter, come off as self-indulgent victims and the attempts at humor can across as biting negative flaws in character. I wanted to like the book but there was no growth.
I Love Olive
I'd rank this somewhere in the middle of the books I've listened to - it's light and silly, but still entertaining. Some parts of it were a little unbelievable, but it still made me laugh out loud in several parts.
Bernadette's husband and his "girlfriend" along with a psychologist are planning to do an intervention on Bernadette. She escapes - it's all very silly.
not really - fun and funny but not that kind of a story
Set in Seattle, with lots of local references. Fun for those of us who live here.
This book was really light-hearted, but touched on serious topics that kept you interested. Some of the plot lines were a little dumb and could have been taken out of the book completely, but overall it was a really enjoyable book to listen to.
Well... I don't want to ruin anything! There's one scene that was memorable (although I didn't enjoy it). When this moment happened, I couldn't help but think "Um...what?!" I wish that part of the book just hadn't happened, but it was memorable...
There's a scene when Bee is at a holiday play and the narrator actually starts singing. It was something that you wouldn't have gotten just reading the book, but listening to the narrator sing was really neat.
A Lot of Rich Crazy People
I am experimenting listening to books while running and this was a great book to listen to while running. Some books are just flat-out too boring to run to, but the actual story line coupled with the narrator's voice actually had me looking forward to my runs so I could continue listening.
cute, funny, smart
It's an intriguing and captivating story, with many twists and turns. It made a lot of train rides much more enjoyable.
This was a selection for our book club and it was a hit with everyone. That happens very rarely.
This was a fun and quick read yet there was quite a lot of discussion about the book at our meeting.
Our book club ready enjoyed this read and having the audible made it more exciting to follow along. Some of Bernadette characteristics reminded me of myself. I am going to buy the hard copy to add to my collection.
Finding Bernadette. I really thought she had die.
Bernadette assuring her daughter that no one would come between her marriage at the end.
Bernadette, because it would be fun to reflex with someone I can relate to.
This was my first time reading a book narrated in this manner, but it was great; and caused me to want to read more books like it.