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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
    (3281)
    Performance
    (2911)
    Story
    (2909)

    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!"
    "Based on reviews, thought I'd like it more"
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    I don't usually write reviews because I tend to agree with the other reviewers but not in this case. The majority of reviewers gave raving reviews-but not me. The overall story idea is a good one and certainly imaginative, but the majority of the book was presented as a series of emails from one character to another and I found this extremely annoying. There was too much jumping around and it took more than a few hours to figure out who everyone was in the story. When the book got to the point where the story was presented without so many short emails, I enjoyed it more. Unlike other reviewers, I wasn't thrilled with the storyteller --she tried to do different accents but I thought she failed and unlike others, I did not like her singing-I thought it detracted from the book and I have no idea why it was included.

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  • To the Ends of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Photographer Cat Cochran has been to exotic places most people only dream about, but all she wants to do is settle down and get her life in order. One last assignment and she can put her past behind her. But first she must photograph the mysterious and elusive ship designer T.H. Danvers and his awesome creations.

    Maria says: "Tear Jerker"
    "If you need a good cry........"
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    I read the Audible reviews after listening to this book and I was dismayed to see all of the negative reviews. Yes, the narrator did not portray characters very well,(except Cat), but the story was so heart wrenching that despite the annoying voice of the main male character Travis, I absolutely could not put it down. I teared up throughout the book, but for more than the last hour I cried and cried. Despite some of the flaws earlier reviewers described, the characters were well developed and had depth. I was so sorry to see it coming to an end that I just had to save the last chapter until I was by myself and unlikely to be disturbed.

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