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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
    (3123)
    Performance
    (2775)
    Story
    (2773)

    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!"
    "Good novel. Overacting reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    The reading style of the VO talent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well structured and paced. Like the epistolary structure.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible read. Overacted all the parts. Very forced.

    Copy is already restrained because of epistolary structure. The humor is in what isn't there, in visualizing someone sitting down and writing these notes (over detailed, full of personality) rather than classical omniscient narrative perspective.

    By the reader "performing" the letters, it makes the novel seem campy in a children's melodrama way. This doesn't seem to be the intention of the author.

    Narrated in the style of a Saturday morning cartoon aimed at 4 to 9 year-olds.

    Exhausting.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book itself is great. Ms Semple knows what she is doing. It's light without being precious or juvenile.


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