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.
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.
I have recommended it to friends.
a view into the high tech world. quirky characters
by the end of the story, I lost some interest.
Narrator was way too over-the-top. The sample listen should have warned me....imagine that excited, high-pitch voice squeaking in your ear for nearly 10 hours!
How did she not detract from the book?
I guess it would be the main one, Bea...she was given the highest of the high-pitches.
adolescent girl was written like a 6 year old
no. I found most of her voices (especially B) horribly annoying
the premise of story was interesting, mother a complex character
The narration was grating. Way too much enthusiasm for most of the characters.
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
The narration was grating, I couldn't connect or even empathize with the characters, let alone like them. In fairness, I didn't complete the title but I listened way longer than I wanted to thinking maybe it would get good. Nope. I really wanted to like this book!
This was a between book for me. Between heavy old English lit and a biographical story. I would call this chick lit and fun. The author did a good job with an unusual style of story telling. I would recommend this for light "reading".
The audio for Where’d You Go, Bernadette is thoroughly enjoyable simply because of the narrator, Kathleen Wilhoite. She is expressive, enthusiastic, and engaging. I have a hardcover copy of this, but one of my students was reading it when I decided that I wanted to read it as well. My student still has my copy, and I’m having trouble remembering all of the characters’ names, so I can’t look back to be more specific. I bring this up because Wilhoite did such a good job reading the characters that Bernadette refers to as “gnats”. Many of the characters are, in my opinion, extremely dramatic. I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed those parts as much if I read this traditionally. The way Wilhoite depicted these dramatic episodes often made me smile and laugh because I could hear just how ridiculous the character was being.
While the audio is entertaining to listen to, it is often hard to follow. The book is written using a series of emails, documents, letters, etc. which required me to focus more than normal while listening. I had to pay attention to the speakers, how they were communicating, why this was going on, etc. That was the most troubling part of the audio.
I loved the audio, but the actual book/story left me with mixed feelings. It’s been a few weeks since I finished reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette and I honestly don’t know what I think yet. For over half the book I kept wondering about the point of the story and where it was going. I finished it and still don’t know. Did I miss something major? Am I not smart enough to get it? Or is it really just a detailed account of a person’s life as a troubled adult? I’m trying to read more adult fiction to appeal to more of my students, which is part of the reason I read this. If a student asked me about it, I really wouldn’t know what to say. I’m looking forward to my student finishing my copy so we can discuss it.
I do understand why the ALA Alex Award panel chose Maria Semple’s novel. Bee is a great teen character who’s struggling because of her parents. She’s smart and witty and fun, but she’s also dealing with her parents’ crumbling marriage and her mom’s bizarre episodes. I know plenty of teens who could relate to Bee. And ultimately, Bee’s voice becomes one of the most important voices in the entire novel.
The book part of this review is short since I don’t know exactly what to say about it. I recommend the audio, and if you’ve read this, I would love to chat with you about it.
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.