I think the print would have been better in this instance.
No. The foreign accents were terrible. The voice of the 15 year old Bee sounded like a 5 year old. There was too much overly dramatic voicing of the characters' internal monologue, particularly from Bee.
I liked the concept but the story was let down by the last quarter of the book. The narrator was also a real problem for me. Her voice was terribly whiney and "gee-whiz" childish when voicing Bee's part and that is also why the last quarter was so painful as so much was from Bee in that part.
Grateful for Audible. Love this company that provides hours of entertainment and helps me sleep at night.
Creative, Hilarius, Surprising
The narrator's voice was perfect for this story. She was as entertaining as the story was. They blended so well!
Her infection was so enjoyable. She made the book so much more humorous than I would have know had I read the book.
This book was a little exaggerated but in some ways ironically believable.
I love all things ending in "ook", like book, cook and hook. These are my main hobbies and I can oftentimes do two of them simulataneously.
I cannot think of one single thing I enjoyed about this book. Oh, I quit reading it--that freed me of pain, agony, irritation. This book offered nothing of real interest. It's all fluff even though it seems it was supposed to be humorous and entertaining. Sorry, I just couldn't stand the shouting of the narrator, the dribble of the characters, the supposed humor that fell flat, etc.
I plan to listen to the next Cork O'Conner by William Kent Krueger. There's a cast of characters I enjoy!
I thought I would enjoy this particular book as a narrated book but i don't think I could have enjoyed this is any format. I hated all the shouting voices, the dull voice of the psychiatrist, and all of the memos or whatever.
The story was wonderful and quirky but this narrator is what made it for me. At one point, she sings "Oh Holy Night" with such a soulful and gut wrenching performance that it gave me chills and I had to stop everything I was doing and listen. Good voices, great inflection, fun story.
Better narration, less annoying characters
The narration was terrible and obnoxious. I couldn't even finish it.
Not using annoying voices
Really do not understand why it is highly rated
I can't believe I persevered all the way to the end of this annoying book. I have to say that the narrator's breathless style probably sounded exactly the way I would expect these characters to sound. It was easier to take as the story went along. The character of the daughter at least had the excuse of being a young teenager. None of the other characters had any good excuse for their behavior. I kept hoping I would like Bernadette better as I learned more about her, but it was just the opposite. The only plot twist that was mildly interesting, which came late in the book, was never fully resolved. (I'm leaving it out so as not to spoil the surprise, but I might be doing everybody a favor if I revealed it to save people the trouble of reading the whole thing.) Under all the laughs, this seemed to be a mean spirited sort of book, full of condescending humor toward everyone not as brilliant and special as Bernadette and her daughter.
I didn't finish listening to the story. Very confussing.
Didn't hold my interest.
I kept thinking it would get better but didn't.
I may very well listen to it several more times. Shortest nine hours on the road ever.
The character development. The deep dig. The detail. The setting, the pace, and probably my favorite, the structure of this story.
Kathleen Wilhoite, you are talented beyond belief. I honestly can't imagine how you pulled all this off, and I am in awe. There is no except this or that. Ususally, for me, it's (a woman recording) the male characters. Nope, you got 'em. You nailed every character in this book. Most entertaining for me-- and this is a combination of your talent and the incredible material you were working with-- was the interaction between Soo-Lin and Audrey.
It did make me laugh. Yes. Funny, funny. (The therapist, in the middle of everything, suggests a hug.)
There's a reason this book won't stop selling. It's just that good. What I can't get over is how good the audio is. I knew the book was so far above par writing, so exceptional, but it wasn't until I had several hours on the road that I downloaded the audio, and what Kathleen Wilhoite brings to the story is magic.
It took me an hour or so to really it into the story ..... then I was hooked. Very clever story line. You will enjoy Bernadette and her daughter Bee.
I really liked Bernadette and Bee (her daughter). Her husband had some character flaws, and although Bernadette did too, hers were more forgivable to me. Maybe because I'm a woman!
I am currently taking a break from news - I found myself way too anxious all the time. So I turned this book on every time I got in the car, including for my morning drive which I never do. I really enjoyed the break from news and this book made it all the more enjoyable.