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
This book is hilarious, quarky, warm and prickly at the same time. The narrator brings the characters to life. I loved this book and will be recommending and gifting it to my friends who can appreciate a dry sense of humor with a little snark mixed in.
Weird, but good. I enjoyed it and will pursue books by this author in the future. I thought the narration was good, which is something I am usually critical of.
quickly got into the story. couldn't wait to find out what happened! I want to know where they go from here! how do they get back with dad and fit sue Lin into the mix.
It spun in so many circles without much resolution, moms insane, house is decrepit, child is confused and lost. dad is busy and having a one night stand and all circles back to- thats completely fine?
The voice was hard to get used to.
It kept me listening but ended very unsatisfyingly
The book DID keep me listening but I felt like it spun in circles, tangents, there were a lot of other stories under the surface that weren't touched on. Nice build, certainly made Bernadette seem insane, she disappears, oh here you are in Antarctica...totally normal, we'll just patch things up then- and a preggo assistant???
This book is an utter delight. People of all ages will connect with the characters of this book. You will laugh as you wonder where Bernadette went. We all have interacted with the characters of this book in our real lives which is what makes this so incredibly funny and relatable. I would recommend this to women of all ages.
I would have given the book 5 stars but for the profanity. It was just too much. Lots of profanity in general but especially many F words that added nothing and distracted greatly especially when uttered by the young teen. With so many great ways to express oneself, I would have appreciated more creativity in the expression of the characters frustration. I would have recommended this to our book club but for that. It's too bad because I loved the story.
I was recommended this book by my brother in law, he said it was an amazing read that I HAVE to read it. Unfortunately I don't have time to sit down to read an actual book, so I invested in audible and I love it. Off topic. Any way, what I am getting at is, it was extremely difficult to get into this book completely at first because the voice was not something I could listen to for hours without turning it off, or getting distracted and tuning it out. I HIGHLY recommend listening to the sound clip first. With that being said, I think the story was great. Loved the plot and the characters. Would read another book by this author as long and the same woman doesn't narrate again.
The narration was nothing short of exceptional. Every character had a clearly different voice and personality that was so perfectly portrayed. Wow! The story was not full of laugh-out-louds like I was led to believe... Nonetheless, the characters were likeable, the story progressed well, and the plot had enough twists and turns to keep me fully entertained! Written in a letter-exchange style, it was clear that the letters went into far greater detail than any true letter would... But hey... Suspension of disbelief, and it paints great pictures in your head! Enjoyable.
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