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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Audiobook

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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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. 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

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    Meredith 10-25-15
    Meredith 10-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good read"

    I loved and hated Bernadette at the same time. The narrator was okay. Such a good mother, daughter bond. Totally entertaining.

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    Rachel Rancilio 10-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I give up !!"

    I can't even deal with the voice of this reader. I give up. 4 chapters in: I've tried over and over and it's just brutal.

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    Kim 10-22-15
    Kim 10-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Where did you go Bernadette!"

    It took me a while to get into this book because some characters were just so mean. However I kept on reading and am happy to say loved it.

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    HilaryAnne 10-22-15
    HilaryAnne 10-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    I loved this book. At first I found the narrator's voice annoying, but then I began to really appreciate her range. I felt like each character was truly distinct. The story is excellent as well. It was so much fun. I've listened to it several times now. One of my favorites!

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    Cara N Knott Colorado Springs, Co 10-13-15
    Cara N Knott Colorado Springs, Co 10-13-15
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    "What a fun read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The story was fun, the narration was fantastic and I actually laughed out loud.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its really hard to pick one since so many characters are given a unique voice in this performance. But I'd narrow it down to either Bee or Bernadette.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Wilhoite’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she was fantastic. I will be looking for others narrated by her.


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    Amazon Customer New Orleans 10-10-15
    Amazon Customer New Orleans 10-10-15 Member Since 2010

    I work at a computer with numbers. I 'Audible' like others game. I write a little too.

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    "Amazing story (spoiler )"

    Loved every moment of this work. Thank you Maria for letting us follow Bernadette and showing us how she found herself, even if it took her going to the ends of the earth.

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    ella rose bailey 10-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A difficult start for me"

    This story line is pretty bazaar but I enjoyed it. I have to confess I almost abandoned this book because I could not get past the first chapter. In the beginning the dialogue is all emails, which drove me crazy. I want to hear a story not hear multiple email conversations. Once I got past that I felt better about finishing the book.

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    hoytann 10-09-15
    hoytann 10-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Sassy narrator and main characters"

    The story was quirky and wonderful, but the narrator made the book. Bernadette was unusual, damaged and complex, while her daughter was unique, confident and independent. They were the perfect combination of two characters who know each others' thoughts and complete each other. Bea reminded me of the main character in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie because of her spunky resilience in a challenging situation. The family in this book struggles with different issues but they still love each other. A fun, quick read. Loved it.

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    Kimberly MESA, AZ, United States 10-08-15
    Kimberly MESA, AZ, United States 10-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprised by how much I loved it."

    I read this for a book club and didn't really know what it was going to be like. At first I was skeptical, but the more I listened the more I loved it. Just a really well done story. I enjoyed it so much.

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    Laura Karban 09-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I WANTED To Love It"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I literally cannot think of one... Someone with severe ADHD?


    What was most disappointing about Maria Semple’s story?

    This story was so twisted and weird... I kept thinking it would become more cohesive and make sense, but this had a joke of an ending. She had to get her teeth pulled to go to Antarctic and totally ditcher her entire family because of an old architecture dream? WHAT?!


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

    Anyone. Stephen Hawking.


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