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Chelsea

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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
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    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!"
    "When are you going to go, Bernadette?"
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    As someone who may have grown up watching Saturday morning cartoons in the 90's, Kathleen Wilhoite's voice may sound oddly familiar. The voice of Pepper Ann rings loudly in my mind as I listen to Kathleen's rendition of Bernadette's daughter, Bee. While it's a bit cartoony, it fits the story which at times is anything from whimsical to heartbreaking, although more the former than the later.

    Bernadette is an agoraphobic, ex-architect whose Mensa smart daughter and tech genius husband live in a rundown ex-school house in Seattle, Washington. Bernadette may be anti-social, hiring a virtual assignment in India to do her online shopping and schedule dentist appointments, but her love for her daughter drives her to face her fears, ever so reluctantly, by planning (or having her virtual assistant plan) a family trip to Antarctica.

    As the trip grows nearer, Bernadette grows increasingly nervous as she ponders the potential for life altering sea sickness and uncomfortable social encounters over Antarctic seas and experiences run in after disastrous run in with with other school moms resulting in bone-breaking injuries (not Bernadette's of course) and post traumatic stress for over 30 kindergarteners.

    Told through a series of letters, emails, articles, post-it notes, and confidential FBI files, Bee tells the story of her not so mediocre life with Bernadette in a comical and unique way. If you're looking for a fun summer read, strap on your parka, and join Bernadette in Antarctica for a couple of hours. You won't be sorry.

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