Addicted to Audible!
You need to suspend the idea that this book has any resemblence to reality to enjoy it. It's absurd, silly, ridiculous and fun. Its not well written or socially redeemable, its just junk food for the ears and mind!The emails are funny and I loved the way they were performed of course they were over the top. That is what a beach read is all about!!!
So...you're telling me I can pay people to read books to me whilst I do other things?
...But I did. The story is engaging and fairly well-crafted. Not seamless---there are some rough patches--but overall a very satisfying listener experience. You will be entranced!
It is in the top 20. Great story and well told.
I am not sure I have ever read a book like it. Told from the point of view of the daughter (mainly) the story unfolds in an interesting way that I can't explain without giving away a lot.
Her voice and expressiveness was great. Her voice for the daughter was childish and as the parents mature (except when the adults were acting childish).
Bernadette, you're a Mess!
Fun story. Long but worth it.
I feel like the story was disconnected...husband was a workaholic and then suddenly quits, the wife was a mad-woman and then suddenly gets a new idea and changes her tune. The daughter, an honor student turns ugly and mean.
The author went on and on and on about Seattle...at one point I could have skipped over several minutes and not missed a thing.
I absolutely hated the narrator. I had to turn off listening to this book because the voice was so irritating and annoying. I almost feel like I couldn't get a good read on the book because of the high-pitched, squeaky voice.
The book did hold my interest in a strange kind of way.
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
Yes. It is humorous, but also has a bite to it. The central characters are developed and fully formed.
Bea, the daughter, was delightful, as was the mother.
Probably not. I did not like how her voice went up and down so much and I kept having to turn the volume down, I thought she went overly-dramatic at times and it distracted from the prose. I don't want a stage production.
I liked the mother's descriptive prose about coming alive in Antarctica.
It was wonderful the main character was a cutting edge architect and a woman.
A great story with twists and turns, humorous, compelling and somewhat "out there"
Told from a teen's point of view.
Kathleen's performance was brilliant. She could do young, old, man & woman flawlessly.
i like to read. i like to listen.
Yes. I think going back and listening through again would uncover some facts that solve the mystery that I missed the first time around.
I haven't read anything like this. I don't usually like books that are this lighthearted and I never read books that are funny.
Her interpretation of Bee was fantastic -- it was perfectly on point. Also was surprised at her singing. Quite lovely.
Honestly, I think that Audrey was the most memorable. Her growth in the story is great.
This book was fantastic, I urge anyone who loves good stories to purchase this...even if it doesn't seem like "their kind of book." I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved it.
If you liked Skippy Dies, you will like this book. This is a frenetically paced book with colorful, humorously flawed characters. I relate to a lot of Bernadette's failings, unfortunately without any of her genius. It's rich with architectural information and what feels like insider information on living in Seattle and working at Microsoft. It's about the difficulty of long term relationships, children and mistakes made. Ms. Wilhoite has a lovely singing voice and I did enjoy her reading, although I felt as if I was running a 100 meter dash along side her sometimes. (Sharon)
The best part of this book was the narrator. I have tried to imagine what the book would be like without Kathleen Wilhoite as the narrator. Not nearly as entertaining to say the least, she did a phenomenal job of depicting and individualizing each character.I really enjoyed the story and the (endless) references to the Seattle scene was dead on! It really is that quirky here. Highly recommended.