I didn't particularly like any of the characters, and many were intended to be frustrating, but I really enjoyed this book. The audiobook narrator, who performs a variety of voices, accents, and even sings(!), is phenomenal.
"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" reminded me of "Gone Girl," as the story is told from multiple perspectives, and all the characters make mistakes. This one is lighter and a bit goofier in tone. The relationship between the mother and daughter is very sweet. As with "Gone Girl," I couldn't wait to get back to this book it every time I had to stop.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
I am afraid this was my 2nd try with this author and I have to say were not compatible
I feel she didn't help the book any
Unfortunately I would cut bernadette. Whining is fine but this was overboard
I enjoyed the entire book from beginning to end. Great story: funny, entertaining, well written. The performance was top notch and Ms. Wilhoite changed characters without a hitch. I laughed out loud while driving and I wish it hadn't ended.
This was a love story between a mother and her child
The ending with the letter from Bernadette
All of them
I have listened to at least a hundred titles and I can honestly say this narration was the best. Ms Wilhoite brought an energy and enthusiasm to a delightfully well written family love story..the characters were clear and distinct...such an enjoyable listen
I love historical fiction, memoirs, rock star bios, and good dog stories.
The narrator of this book really made the story come alive by the way she inhabited each of the characters. I found her reading of the book so compelling that I searched for other books she's narrated. Alas, it appears that this is her only one!
When Bernadette's daughter was in church and they were singing a hymn, and the narrator of the book actually SANG the hymn. Beautiful, awesome!
She was hands down the best narrator I've ever listened to and I would LOVE to read more books narrated by her.
Bernadette, because I found her to be a fabulous intriguing character.
Great book, great characters, intriguing story, fabulous narrator. Highly recommended!!
so I would make this wonderful book last. I am treating it like the most incredible piece of chocolate that you really never want to end. You just savor every bite.
This a unique storyline. It is unpredictable and has total wrapped me in it's loving arms.
All of them.
I am about 25% through with the book and I have no idea where it is going to go or end up but I want to be Bernadette when I grow up. Wait - I am 63 so I think I am already there.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. It tells a story that speaks to anyone who feels that they do not always fit in this world--complete with an exploration of the panic that causes, and the joy that emerges in finding your way.
The author grounded this book in regional stereotypes which makes it uniquely American and also hilarious. Bernadette could have been pretty repulsive but she's written in a manner that makes her relatable and I thought even likable. The relationship between Bernadette and Bee was especially compelling.
The reader (who Gilmore Girls fans will recognize as Luke's sister, Liz) perfectly captured the characters and their personalities. Will definitely listen again sometime down the road.
I wouldn't consider Kathleen Wilhoite as a reader again, since she seemed to me to do such a dreadful job with the voices. For some reason she adopted an extraordinarily childish voice for several of the adult characters, and even her reading of Bee was much too young for an intelligent 15-year-old. Her mis-reading bothered me so much that I almost stopped listening, but I stuck with it hoping that it would get better. It didn't.
I wouldn't say that the story was disappointing, it was just trivial, but it could have been entertaining in the hands of a different reader.
In every possible way. Her interpretation of several characters made them repellant, when I don't think that this was Semple's intention.
I would listen to this audio book again because I inhaled it and didn't have the opportunity to savor it's finer points and language.
The book is constructed like "Dear Mr. Henshaw," in letters back and forth between characters, which is surprisingly effective.
The ultra-modern story and characters reminded me of a mix of Fay Weldon and Zoe Heller : a social commentary on marriage, men behaving badly , mental illness, yuppy politics and travel.
A solid performance from Kathleen Wilhoite. She fully embodies each character, male and female, young and old.
I could not pause this audiobook. I devoured it on a cross country flight. It's thoroughly enjoyable, engaging and just the right amount of schadenfreude.
The incredibly accurate description of elusive human emotions. You will find yourself in this book.
Bernadette is amazing and memorable.
Do yourself the favor of ready this fun, quirky, well written book. Take the journey with Bernadette and discover a little something about yourself. I want to be Bernadette's friend!