This book has some interesting characters but I feel like it can be summed up as first world drama. I guess it's true to life as I know people like these characters but I personally find these types of people a little irritating, thusly this book was probably not a good pick for me.
I listened to this book on a long drive. It was such an enjoyable listen. The characters were great and the story moved along at a good pace. The narrator was great at performing the many characters in this book.
A great story with plenty of twists. It keeps you guessing as to how the story will eventually resolve. Very humorous with a lot of interesting pop culture references.
A chick book.
We read this for book club. It sparked lively and fun conversation.
Writing humor alone is a difficult task. Making it farce is even harder. Combining that with a novel plot and distinct characters is almost unheard of. And to do it in epistolary format??? OMG as Bee’s friends would say. Oh and then there’s heart. This novel has it and all that other stuff in spades.
When it first came out, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? got lots of attention. People raved over it. I resisted. So many books aimed at women are just too sentimental for me and I put this in that bucket. Allow me to take it out. Sentimental is not something I’d call Bernadette, or anyone else in the book. Sure, it’s the story of a family and one whose members are genuinely connected to each other. But it isn’t soppy and the kid, Bee, isn’t an eyesore. I liked her which is really hard to make me do. Bernadette’s past and present are effectively mysterious and the cast of neighbors and hangers on are fabulous. The ending, while not assured, is reassuring and appropriate.
The narrator, Kathleen Wilhoite, did a great job overall. No, her men's voices weren't distinct one from another, but her women were. Epistolary format presents challenges galore for a narrator and she hurdled them all with ease.
I'm a graduate student from Flint, MI. My day job affords me hours to enjoy audio books while I work. Self-professed Narrator Snob!
First off I have to say the narrator did a phenomenal job! I thought I recognized her voice so I looked her up and realized she's PEPPER ANN, from my favorite TV show when I was a kid! Total bonus!
Ok, on to the story. I'm not normally a "found footage" novel type of person but this book is different. Because of the multiple story-tellers and the different voices the narrative world is rich and beautiful, even in it's tragedy.
This book lives with me as a constant reminder that no one is as simple as they seem, and no one has an easy life. Even our worst day is someone else's wish. I love this book. I've listened to it at least 3 times now. I will never get enough Bernadette!