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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Nicki Johannesburg, South Africa 09-20-12
    Nicki Johannesburg, South Africa 09-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    What would have made Where'd You Go, Bernadette better?

    Nothing.


    Has Where'd You Go, Bernadette turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, it has totally put me off "bubblegum" literature / chic lit.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathleen Wilhoite?

    Anyone other than her.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line contains no substance and far removed from reality, the narrator’s voice sounded like nails on a chalkboard and Bernadette’s continual and long winded rants about everything wrong in her privileged world are unbearable. I abandoned the book three times before returning to it with the hope that it would get better. It didn’t.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ozlem Izmir, Turkey 10-08-12
    Ozlem Izmir, Turkey 10-08-12 Member Since 2014
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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.


    Any additional comments?

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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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