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booklover

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2528)
    Performance
    (2271)
    Story
    (2272)

    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!"
    "The most annoying reader ever!"
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    Story
    Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

    This reader detracted from what would otherwise be a very engaging story. She read the book as if it were a stage performance, infusing far too much of her interpretation of the characters on the reader. A more aloof, dispassionate performance would have enhanced the listening experience.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen Wilhoite’s performances?

    NEVER!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The author's skewering of the politically correct Seattle private school scene and the "community" of parents was hilarious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Land More Kind Than Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Wiley Cash
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan, Lorna Raver, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to - an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared.

    Janice says: "An American Tragedy"
    "A haunting story, beautifully performed."
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    What did you love best about A Land More Kind Than Home?

    This story is a mystery, a coming of age story, and a struggle between good and evil all rolled into one. It was well paced and well written.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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