Hysterical imaginative story
The daughter B, she was so innocent and optimistic. Also the neighbor who lived below B's family
The parking lot altercation becasue people really do such bizaar things just to make everyone conform.
Truth is better than fiction; we couldn't make this stuff up
This story is so totally beleiveable, someone must have known these characters in real life. I have never listened to a book this well narrated and I have listened to ablut 50 books. You can tell the narrator is an actress. I strongly recommend this book. It is not just a summer read.
The premise of the book is clever and the story itself OK. However, I found the narration to be really annoying. If I had not been stuck in the car on a long drive, I would have shut it off. I think a different narrator could have done the book a bit more justice.
Okay I must say what a book? Yes I totally loved the first half of this beautiful, super crazy and funny book then the second half of the book had some very weird and random events that I was left slightly disappointed. The ending was so rushed that I felt the author brought up issues and then didn't bother to bring them together. This book is so great that I would have read 150 more pages, there was no need to rush it. That being said this is worth your money/credit. I thought it was very clever that the story was told from the daughter's perspective and made me love Bernadette more because of this. I laughed so much with this book and the level of crazy that happens you will recommend this book to all your friends so you can discuss it. The narration was spot on and captured the essence of every character. Bea and Bernadette have a beautiful relationship that amongst all the craziness, it's very heart warming.
I look for books with humor and all the reviews i read said this one had it in spades. When I first started to read the book I was not quite sure what the heck was going on because the author uses notes, texts and emails to move the story - which is quite unusual. But once the story got moving it was wild and fun and fantastic. This story about Bernadette, an awarding winning architect, will have you perplexed one minute and in stitches the next. Her characters are wonderful and take you on quite an amazing journey that I definitely wasn't expecting. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read!
Bee tone of voice and her actions made her seem like and elementary girl as opposed to an 8th grader
No. I'm sure a lot of people enjoyed this book as shown in the reviews. I found the mother very angry and not someone I enjoyed reading about. Once she disappeared, I liked the book a whole lot better!!! I did enjoy the young girl (her daughter), sorry I've read several books since and can't remember the daughter's name...
The most interesting was the way the daughter stood up for her mom.
The the least interesting was the mom's character.
Absolutely-- This book was a joy to listen to not just for the story but also for the narration. Although most audiobooks attempt to bring a story to life, most just don't do the words on the page justice-- But this audiobook version of Where'd You Go, Bernadette? breathed life into the characters in a way that most audiobooks can only attempt.
The narration-- hands-down
Her ability to seamlessly switch between characters and use intonation that sounded like normal conversation was brilliant.
Bernadette-- She's an eccentric genius, after all.
I highly recommend this for a light reading. This book kept me very interested and I really enjoyed it.
Although the story was a bit thin by the end, I enjoyed the characters and enjoyed the book overall. I wouldn't say it's a must-read, but it's clever with some nice moments and also some hilarious and creative bits of writing. It started off really strong, but the story got increasingly over-the-top (and harder to believe) as it went on. As someone who works in Hollywood, I enjoyed hearing a certain television writer's name being used for a character. Nice homage to a very talented, kind writer who I'm sure the author worked with during her TV writing career!
The two main characters -- Bernadette and her daughter -- were a hoot (and I think they'd describe themselves that way as well).
She really captured the young, inquisitive and exceptionally precocious spirit of Bee, the narrator.
Keep writing, Maria Semple! I'm excited to see what you do next.
I love books, but I particularly love audio books. What a luxury to have someone like Campbell Scott read you to sleep.
Bernadette was such a difficult and unlikeable character that even with her cute kid as a sidekick the story fizzled. WIth audio books the author has to tell a great story with characters you care about or you fall asleep, which is easy to do in AudioBookland.
What would I change about the book? See para above.