We read this for my Non-Judgmental Book Group. We all loved it. Light with heavy themes, good story, some laugh-out-loud moments. Totally captures the Seattle hipster private-school moms.
I did adore the audio version of the Christmas song, sung with such feeling, at a tender scene in the story.
Recommended. This was my first Audible.com experience. Well done, team!
I wish children didn't have to parent their parents but Bee does in a most entertaining fashion. I could practically smell the mold in that house and see the vicious school moms deciding who is not up to snuff.
YES...it's hilarious and Kathleen Wilhoite's narraration just enhances the quirky and entertaining story so well written by Maria Semple.
I love the way the story unfolds through emails, letters, faxes, etc. It divulges the story piece by piece and it is up to the reader "listener" to put it all together. Kathleen Wilhoite does an amazing job acting out all the characters and her voice projects the innocent craziness that is Bernadette. I have recommended this book to all of my friends and find myself referencing it a lot in conversation!
As someone who may have grown up watching Saturday morning cartoons in the 90's, Kathleen Wilhoite's voice may sound oddly familiar. The voice of Pepper Ann rings loudly in my mind as I listen to Kathleen's rendition of Bernadette's daughter, Bee. While it's a bit cartoony, it fits the story which at times is anything from whimsical to heartbreaking, although more the former than the later.
Bernadette is an agoraphobic, ex-architect whose Mensa smart daughter and tech genius husband live in a rundown ex-school house in Seattle, Washington. Bernadette may be anti-social, hiring a virtual assignment in India to do her online shopping and schedule dentist appointments, but her love for her daughter drives her to face her fears, ever so reluctantly, by planning (or having her virtual assistant plan) a family trip to Antarctica.
As the trip grows nearer, Bernadette grows increasingly nervous as she ponders the potential for life altering sea sickness and uncomfortable social encounters over Antarctic seas and experiences run in after disastrous run in with with other school moms resulting in bone-breaking injuries (not Bernadette's of course) and post traumatic stress for over 30 kindergarteners.
Told through a series of letters, emails, articles, post-it notes, and confidential FBI files, Bee tells the story of her not so mediocre life with Bernadette in a comical and unique way. If you're looking for a fun summer read, strap on your parka, and join Bernadette in Antarctica for a couple of hours. You won't be sorry.
The reading style of the VO talent.
Well structured and paced. Like the epistolary structure.
Terrible read. Overacted all the parts. Very forced.
Copy is already restrained because of epistolary structure. The humor is in what isn't there, in visualizing someone sitting down and writing these notes (over detailed, full of personality) rather than classical omniscient narrative perspective.
By the reader "performing" the letters, it makes the novel seem campy in a children's melodrama way. This doesn't seem to be the intention of the author.
Narrated in the style of a Saturday morning cartoon aimed at 4 to 9 year-olds.
The book itself is great. Ms Semple knows what she is doing. It's light without being precious or juvenile.
Loved the narrator!
Bernadette because we knew the least about her.
All of it!
love to read, read a lot, mostly mysteries, historic fiction and a bit of sci-fi
Though this title kept popping up on lists from readers whose opinions I respect, I avoided listening to it for a long time because the cover looked so much like one of those silly "Shopaholic" books. The book turned out to be a lot less superficial than it looked, it was a fun story with enough depth to it to leave you with a little something to think about afterwards.
Overall, Kathleen Wilhoite did an excellent job of portraying the various characters. I'm slightly puzzled by Bee's "East Coast Tough Kid" tone - she sounds like she's from Philly, but it's a pretty minor gripe about an otherwise terrific voicing of the tale.
Definitely worth a listen!
I enjoyed it. It was a very different book and not for everyone. But, it was interesting and unique, and I fell in love with the main character. She is believable and fun and easy to love.
This was funny from start to finish! Funny, sad and oddly relatable.
A less intense Gone, Girl.
One of the best narrations I've ever heard. She was funny and different between characters without being hokey.
Bernadette, obviously! There would be consistent conversation. We're both snarky and long winded.