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Where'd You Go, Bernadette | [Maria Semple]

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend, and quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel.
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Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend, and quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's place in the world.

©2012 Maria Semple (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

    No, as I tend never to read books over again


    What did you like best about this story?

    The actual story line and the absurdness of some of the characters


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

    Bernadette


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh and also cry


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    Ozlem Izmir, Turkey 10-08-12
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    "One of the best audio books ever!"
    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, sweet, intriguing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story-telling confused me first, I kept waiting for the letters to end and actual story-telling to begin. Then I got used to it and I thought it was very cleverly plotted.


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

    I will have to go with Bee. I had a feeling the narrator also enjoyed voicing her. I am amazed how easy it comes to Kathleen Wilhoite to switch from one character to another. Her accents are great, but there is more to it! She actually makes the characters believable. And she has a wonderful singing voice. She must also be a music performer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    For us girls, no matter what age we are, our relationships with our dads are very important for us. It is beacuse of this I think, I thought the scene where Bee sits on the rocks with his dad really got to me.


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    I loved this book. I recommend it to whoever out there looking for a nice book to listen.

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