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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
    (2673)
    Performance
    (2400)
    Story
    (2399)

    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!"
    "Perfect marriage of author and performer"
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    What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    The confrontations involving Bernadette and Audrey were well scripted and delivered. The correspondence with the personal assistant as well.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

    It's close between the two B's, but I'll say Bernadette.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That's not how I roll. Runs and drives....I will say I looked for excuses to extend both.


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  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (889)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "A notable book aided by a stellar audio production"
    Overall

    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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