I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
This was the first audiobook that I've listened to and I think it was a good pick. It was funny and lighthearted and I enjoyed the narrator. It makes me wonder if after you listen to a good audiobook that if reading it in book form is as enjoyable. I found myself giggling often and loved hearing the story through the eyes of many characters. I hope Maria Semple writes more books, she has a delightful style to her storytelling.
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.
It's a bit of a silly story--sort of young teen fiction of the sort that existed before such books became so, well, adult--but a few of the scenes were so funny I laughed out loud. I guess I expected a bit of depth to this novel, given the amount of positive attention it's received, but I found none to speak of. Still, any novel that can bring us laughter while the world is in the mess it is has great value: it gives us breathing space.
Not since Jim Dial (Harry Potter series) have I enjoyed a narrator so much. Wilholte is great with nuance. I particularly enjoyed her voice as a PTSD counselor. While singing the entire first verse of "Oh Holy Night" was overkill, it did not affect my opinion of her overall performance.
This novel was a gem-- fun, funny and different. Loved it. I will look for more from Semple.
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.
Loved the snarky, whiny, skewering tone of this takedown of all things Seattle. The only thing I would change would be the narrator (too sunny and chirpy).
The narrator's tone of voice did not fit the tone or subject matter of the book. I only finished listening to it to find out what happened to Bernadette.
The book inspired me to go out and get rid of the blackberry bushes in the side yard.