This was a pretty awful listen. I couldn't even finish. I read the reviews with high hope, only to finish yet a 3rd of the book. Didn't want to consciously waste more of my time...
Really enjoyed the book, the pacing, the story and LOVED the performance. Kathleen Wilhoite did a masterful job bringing the characters to life. Very entertaining.
The story was ok. It was a chore listening to the narrator. At times she was tooooo loud and enthusiastic. I had to constantly adjust the volume level. I learned a lot about Antarctica though. So much so, that now I want to visit it.
I loved the storytelling, the witty made up words, the depth of the characters. Listening to it on audio brought out the characters' of Bee and Bernadette--you could say it was pitch perfect.
Sometimes you feel like a storyline is forced in novels; not so here!
Bottom line is how different every person is...where is the place in our society for people who don't fit into conventional stereotypes? People have complicated lives and struggles, and we get some insight here into how difficult it is for creative geniuses to live in the mundane.
But even when touching on heavy subjects like depression and anxiety, there is abundant laugh-out-loud humor!
Bottom line, this is one of my two favorite books of 2016, and is highly recommended!
Maria Semple is a magnificent writer. Her scenes vivid, humor endless and characters endearing. Her detail, rich description and background research throughout the story immerse the reader so thoroughly that you feel you are gliding alongside Bernadette and Bea whether you are moving through the 2020 house, escaping an intervention or straying to survive the swells in Drakes passage. My most fervent hope is to meet Bea and Bernadette again perhaps on the South Pole or simply listening to her describe the Washington vista.