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. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence - creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
©2012 Maria Semple (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Yes , it was purely delightful
The Rosie Project
I found great humor in both
Bernadette. I found her fascinating
It was a delightful book
Ever since a childhood hiding under the covers of my bed with a flashlight... The quest for the next adventure continues unabated.
there were definitely moments when I enjoyed the book with its unique, colorful characters. However, I frequently found myself having to go back to try to recall who was who - the narrator has a unique voice, but there is very little differentiation between characters. thus, I had trouble recalling who was who and what their particular relationships were to each other. The narrator's voice, at times, became quite grating and distracting to the central story. I believe this story would have benefitted from additional readers, or at least, a narrator more capable of adjusting their timbre, pronunciation, and point of view of each character. In fact, midway through the book, I just quit, as I could not really immerse myself in the story, as a result of the number of characters who all sounded, at least to me, interchangeable.
I don't know about the author - she did tackle an entertaining topic, different from mainstream novels (not quite comedic, though with very comedic scenes, not quite dramatic, though there was definitely drama, interspersed with humor, and suspense, though this was lighthearted and a bit far-fetched). The narrator's voice I found extremely grating; I will most definitely avoid any of her work as I select future titles). Her voice actually overwhelmed the story to the point of frustration.
No, most definitely not.
L.G.'s assistant, Audrey, while she served as a pivotal character to illustrate certain stereotypical characters, was particularly annoying - again, there was so little voice differentiation that it was difficult to know who was speaking throughout the story. Perhaps if the character displayed more varied personality or temperament, I might have been more successful at becoming engaged in the story.
I ordered this book on the basis of so many positive reviews. But I must say, until the very final hour/s of the story, I had NO problem setting this book aside to bury myself in another, more engrossing, and better articulated tale. So...it took me quite awhile to finish. I did enjoy the ending, but the path to get there was just too awfully painful. Maybe it's just me, but I found the narrators voice grating and un-imaginative. It's too bad, I wonder if, in the voice of another with more of a vocal range, I might have enjoyed the story more.
I loved this book so much and the audio made it even better. Wasn't expecting the singing in the middle of the book. Bravo!
Really this was one of my top, top favorites, maybe ever. I was enamored right from the start by the fun mixed media style narrative, the creative, quirky characters, and the fantastic performance. I had a needling feeling that the performer's voice was very familiar, and finally checked wikipedia and realized she is a character on one of my favorite TV shows, Gilmore Girls. It was barely possible, but that probably made me love this audiobook even more!
The way the story is told through emails and notes, listening to it takes some attention. But the narrator Kathleen Wilhoite more than makes up for it. Her interpretation of this story is a total delight, makes me glad I listened rather than read.
The joy, honesty, and sarcasm used by the characters to tell the story. The relevance of reference to current culture. Using current technology as a method to deliver storyline and develop characters.
Bernadette because she is hilarious and honest about her agoraphobia, her disdain for current culture of overer- parenting, her rotten and hopeless feelings and her hanging in there until she rediscovered her passion for life.
Narration jumped out of my ear phones and into my heart and thoughts. Beautiful transitions from Bee to Bernadette, to the various supporting characters.
Bernadette leaves the house and finds her life.
Loved this book,
I think I would have enjoyed this book either way, however it did take me a chapter or so to adapt to the the voice of the narrator. Once I was able to listen to the words instead of the sound, I couldn't stop listening. In fact, I listened to the story more than once and shared it with my sister and best friend.
I fell in love with all the characters and the way the interacted with each other. It was honest and had such an accurate way of describing how parents interact. My favorite character was Bernadette. She is vibrant with a lot of life, but was lost in a world she knew nothing about or rather wanted nothing to do with. She is smart and capable yet has some issues she struggles to deal with. I loved her interaction with her daughter and their relationship.
I enjoyed this book. It was fun and entertaining. Sometimes you need a book just for a good laugh. This was the one for me.
Quirky, outrageous, real. . .
The adorable and lovable characters, the narrator, the story. . .
I don't think she has read any other books because I looked for other books narrated by her and couldn't find any.
Bernadette, because she was so real and so quirky and fun.
The structure of the novel was very entertaining. It was linear, but not your typical narration. Kathleen Wilhoite really mastered the individual voices of the characters.
It was hilarious and stressful at the same time. I got great insight into the main characters from their own correspondences. I enjoyed getting different perspectives on the same events.
Bernadette and Bee were my FAVES! Audrey was a runner up.
Bernadette, because this was her story told by everyone experiencing it.
Definitely lived up to the hype.
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