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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "A novel for teens, not mature readers."
    What was most disappointing about Maria Semple’s story?

    This book reminded me of a TV teen sitecom.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Okay for young people.

    Any additional comments?

    The reviews misled me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "One disaster after another. Ugh!"
    What disappointed you about The Pillars of the Earth?

    The characters are so black and white. Everyone is either good or bad! They had no depth.
    Everyday life in the eleventh century, according to this book, was full of trauma. It went on and on about one bad incident after another. It became tiring, because the reader could predict the outcome of each incident.
    I always finish a book that I start. This one became very tedious, but I got though it. I will not read the sequel.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something different .

    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pillars of the Earth?

    This book was so long, I suppose the author thought several sex/rape scenes were necessary for the reader to reman interested. Explicit, repetitive ones were unnecessary.
    A few other disasters could have been eliminated, also. There were so many disasters during these times that they over shadow anything good ever happening to the characters.

    Any additional comments?

    The book gives the reader a feel for the life of the clergy, the peasants, and the nobility during the eleventh century.
    The details of the building of the cathedrals, and the corruption of so many church officials were interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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