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 was entertaining and the reader was quite good. There were sections that dragged, but it's truly a fun and lovely life affirming story, even if a wee bit far fetched. I listened to it quickly which generally means I was engaged.
The performance was very good though I recognized the actress's voice right away and was distracting at times. The story kept my attention but wasn't my style (I'm more The Kind Worth Killing, The Luckiest Girl Alive, etc).
I thought it was well written and well acted. It's hard to pick one best thing about this audiobook - very enjoyable.
I listened to this right after having listened to the girl on the train, and i thought there were several similar themes, though this was more lighthearted.
i don't know I'm not a writer.
very good book definitely recommend.
I truly enjoyed the characters in this story - each with an interesting mix of quirky, tragic, loving and ugly traits. And, as someone working in "hi-tech", it was fun to hear the bits about Microsoft, Ted Talks, etc.
Probably my my favorite audiobook download. Interesting and intriguing story, excellent narration. Could not wait to get back in my car to continue the story! Would sometimes stay in my car an extra minute to keep listening. Download now!!!
This book was great! The story was captivating and the unique style in which it is presented contributed to the mystery of Bernadette.
Narration was a bit confusing at times, especially during some of the longer correspondences, but overall well done.
A very entertaining read. I got hooked from the beginning and finished it very fast. It's a very well planned storyline and will be especially entertaining to those who, like myself, live in Seattle.
There are what I would consider loose ends, though, so I'm guessing a follow up book is planned.
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