I'll never know how good this book is to read, although it received rave reviews in the NYTimes and elsewhere. Starting with Maria Semples excellent novel of imaginative multi source presentation, great characters and relentless wit, Kathleen Wilhoite elevates it to the pinnacle of audiobooks. She gives what appears to be the exact inflection, snark, accent and tone that Ms Semple must have imagined. I found myself laughing while running at the content and delivery. I was also astonished at Wilhoits ability to deliver an strong a Capella O Holy Night. What? Yes, that's in there too.
I've read/listened to a lot of geeat and not so great audible books. For me, this one was the best combination of author and readers voice ever.
The confrontations involving Bernadette and Audrey were well scripted and delivered. The correspondence with the personal assistant as well.
It's close between the two B's, but I'll say Bernadette.
That's not how I roll. Runs and drives....I will say I looked for excuses to extend both.
Reviews by people who read the way Gutenberg intended have resulted in this book being nominated for, but not winning awards. But generally very favorable. My review based on the audio version places it as one of the best audible listens ever. The book as read by a cast of able actors is just outstanding. Tragedy and comedy, the personal demons and antics of adolescents in a Catholic boys school, midlife crises, with a dash of string theory and irish folk lore. I was perplexed at some of the jumps, but never bored with this one. A keeper.
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