This was a selection for our book club and it was a hit with everyone. That happens very rarely.
This was a fun and quick read yet there was quite a lot of discussion about the book at our meeting.
Our book club ready enjoyed this read and having the audible made it more exciting to follow along. Some of Bernadette characteristics reminded me of myself. I am going to buy the hard copy to add to my collection.
Finding Bernadette. I really thought she had die.
Bernadette assuring her daughter that no one would come between her marriage at the end.
Bernadette, because it would be fun to reflex with someone I can relate to.
This was my first time reading a book narrated in this manner, but it was great; and caused me to want to read more books like it.
Where'd You Go Bernadette can be summed up in three words: Fun, crazy, rebirth
Not sure I can even compare this book with another book.
Kathleen Wilhoite changed characters seamlessly and effortlessly.
It made me laugh most of the time and cry just a little.
I would recommend reading this book.
After a while her voice became very irritating.
Fun, light comedy.
I really enjoyed the way the story unfolded. The performance was perfection. It was imaginative and entertaining.
Nonfiction writer by day, fiction lover by night.
I keep hearing, "Give it a chance; it takes a while to warm up." I'm just not that kind of reader/listener. If you haven't interested me - or at least given me an idea what the story will be about or why I should care - in the first half hour or so, I'm out. I tried really hard to listen longer, but I had other stuff to do (and read). Maybe I'll try again sometime, maybe after I read a more full description of it somewhere else to get an idea of what I'm missing.
The first half of the book was simply charming. The second half was agonizing. The first half with short emails and notes and a wicked villain falls apart after Bernadette's disappearance is revealed. Instead there are long narratives explaining all the information that was in the first half. It was extremely boring and slow and I just wanted it to end so I could find out what happened. And even that was such a disappointment.
I don't know if it was the narrator or simply poor editing. When she attempted the voice of Elgin she dropped her voice to the point it was inaudible without raising the volume then she would suddenly screech in a supposed little girl voice. Though the child was actually 15. It was quite painful.
No, after trudging through the last few chapters I no longer care about these characters.
The book should have ended when Bernadette disappeared and left us hanging instead of slowly and painfully revealing each detail.
Audrey was a much more interesting character when she was evil. Turning "good" was ridiculous.
This was the perfect storm of a great story read by the perfect narrator. The story involves an examination of a small upper middle class neighborhood in Seattle and a Los Angeles couple who moved there years ago to raise their daughter. The Los Angeles couple is well known in the neighborhood due to the husband's high position at Microsoft and the wife's eccentric behavior. While trying to deal with their own long-brewing marital problems, they become a catalyst for other people's obsessive behaviors. The first half of the book was like a hilarious modern take on Peyton Place, but then the story goes off in a completely surprising direction following the disappearance of Bernadette, half of the Los Angeles couple.
Kathleen Wilhoite did a masterful job of creating unique voices for each of the crazy characters in the book. This was the first book I read which was narrated by Ms. Wilhoite, but I will be looking for other books read by her in the future.
I love the audio version as you get tones and inflections that may not have occurred to you...the narrator can make or brake an audio book and this one was spot on
The humor and unexpected story line
She had the characters nailed
Bernadette or B
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
This is a great beach or cozy-in-bed read, but I can't bear to give it four or five stars, since those should be reserved for great books and literature. I loved this book. I loved the quirkiness of Bernadette and the redemption of several characters as the story unfolds. I loved that it takes place in my hometown and references to all of the places, people and things that I know and love. I loved that I'm not the only person who wants my toilets flushed when I'm not home. I loved the narrator of the audio version who so fabulously provided a variety of voices and accents. Read this. Enjoy it. Share the love.