The performance of this audiobook was so well done that each character had his or her own perfect voice. I was constantly being taken by surprise by this book and I really loved the journey it took me on. I never wanted it to end.
I would hate to describe this story any more than it has been because I felt there was so much joy in the surprises.
I will say that overall this book has a lot to say about how we judge each other and how we forgive each other. The latter being something all too rare.
Yes. The narrator was great. And who knew she could sing so good too.
The daughter. She is hilarious.
No I have not but would if any were available.
Funny funny funny, in a very smart way. I loved it so much, I am gifting this book to a very close friend who is going through a troubling time - I am SURE it will lift her spirits. Drop everything and listen!
If you've already read the Publisher's Summary, you should have a pretty good idea what this book is about. The plot is highly character driven, and while the main characters felt a little caricature-ized at times, overall I found them to be realistically flawed and wonderfully likeable. The story itself is touching, funny, absurd, and clever. Without giving anything away, trust me when I say that the billboard incident alone makes this an enjoyable listen.
Like some of the other reviewers, I initially struggled to like this narrator, who seemed to add an exclamation mark to the end of each sentence. Ultimately, though, I think her earnest, over-the-top exuberance captured the spirit of this book perfectly. Highly recommend. [Insert enthusiastic exclamation mark here.]
Funny! Different! More.
Bernadette is a classic! She has the nerve to do things I would love to do.
Of course, the blackberry vine incident!
Her visions about housing!
I would listen to this story again. There are characters that are at first unlikable. No, better yet, unliked by the main characters. As we get to know them better, they become more sympathetic. I would enjoy listening to these characters as they are introduced to the story again, so that I could hear them them in this new light.
I also enjoyed this narrator in particular. I would seek her out, it I didn't have a book in mind. She does a great job with a wide range of voices, including a overwrought teenager and a pushy neighbor.
This is hard to say. It's such a refreshing story. About, Mothers, daughters. Empty nests and so much more I am finding hard to compare to another book that would still maintain it's funny light touch on some heavy topics.
The description of the icebergs.
I wouldn't. It's perfect.
I truly enjoyed this book on every level.
Reader & Listener
I felt I finally had a context for this book when I found out the author was a writer for "Arrested Development." The characters in this nutty mystery were not created in any mold I recognized. OK, maybe the precocious but unconventional 14 year-old Bee watching out for her agoraphobic mother, Bernadette, or the clueless, aspirational Microsoft drone, or the high-and-mighty private school PTA diva, or the consultant hired to attract "Mercedes Parents" to their school look familiar, but everyone has their unexpected edge, and I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. Oh, the situations are preposterous: the personal assistant who manages Bernadette's needs to the nth degree from India, Bernadette's hilltop manse invaded by blackberry canes, a family holiday to Antarctica--but it is all spun together with surprising credibility in a myriad of delightful voices. And all of this buoyant hilarity arising from soggy Seattle--Gotta love it!
I enjoyed the fast pace of the novel sped along with the varying formats, characters and story twists. As quirky timeline of a family of high achievers who are still embroiled in all the trivialities of typical families it is both easy and engrossing.
For anyone who has felt out of place at a school conference or needed a social escape, this book will make you howl with laughter and smile with it's sharp and intelligent humor. Bee is a fantastic narrator amid mixed letters and dialogues between believable characters.
The painting of the character Bernadette and her thoughts are superb. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun but heart warming book.