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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel | [Maria Semple]

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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.

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Bonnie United States 02-21-14
    Bonnie United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Edgy, funny, thoroughly entertaining"
    Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

    Yes, the performance was as good as the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each character was developed so you saw multiple sides and behaviors, which is how all people really are.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

    Bee


    If you could take any character from Where'd You Go, Bernadette out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bee, so bright and happy.


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    Vicki 02-20-14
    Vicki 02-20-14

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    "Who knew blackberry vines could be so funny."
    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    Delusional, quirky and fun.


    What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

    Maybe some of Carl Hiassen's books. Crazy characters who do crazy things.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It has to be everything involved with the blackberry vines.


    If you could take any character from Where'd You Go, Bernadette out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Of course it would be Bernadette. Why would I want to miss out on her insightful, but delusional labels of events and people.


    Any additional comments?

    "Bernadette" isn't all fun and games filled with zany characters. This book does have a message to mothers or women in general. By caring for others, women can lose their own identity. You can't take care of others unless you take care of yourself first.

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    Candice Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-18-14
    Candice Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    I loved this look couldn't stop listening. Not to sure about the ending but would listen to it again! I would giggle out loud.

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    Alysia 02-16-14
    Alysia 02-16-14
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    "Fantastic, fun book, Narrator brings it to life!"
    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    Kathleen Wilhoite brought this story to life, so funny and fantastic, I just started re-listning versus starting another book. Highly recommend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator and Story


    What does Kathleen Wilhoite bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice and characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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    Laura HOBOKEN, GA, United States 02-06-14
    Laura HOBOKEN, GA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Mysteriously Quirky"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have! It's an excellent read for those of us who are constantly torn between comedy and suspense.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bee - Her ability to stay afloat amidst all the chaos is astounding and she does it with a perfect level of humor and grace.


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

    I have not, but I thought she was an excellent narrator.


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    Alice Albuquerque, NM United States 02-04-14
    Alice Albuquerque, NM United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A very enjoyable listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As with most chick lit, Where'd You Go, Bernadette may not be the finest of literature, but it certainly is enjoyable. The story is interesting and engaging as is the narration. The start to the story took a bit to draw me in, but once I was in I was hooked. This is the perfect book for a long drive or some downtime at home.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason the narration didn't get five stars is that I found the volume to be somewhat tough to regulate. Loud parts required me to turn down the volume, and soft parts required me to turn the volume way up.

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    Franca 02-03-14
    Franca 02-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Why did I wait so long??"
    What about Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic narrator - did an excellent job with all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why I had so many false starts with this book and why it took me so long to listen! Fantastic story about life, family and the craziness we sometimes get caught up in. This will be a book I will listen to again!

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    Dana United States 02-02-14
    Dana United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Really Fun!"
    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Curious, and Fun!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    There's a point in the book where Bee (the daughter) describes listening to Abbey Road with her mom. I think this is a great example of how the author blended pop culture with her excellent story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an excellent, light-hearted book! It was so good that even my fiancé was intrigued with the story and decided to listen to it with me.

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    Andrea WHITTIER, CA, United States 01-24-14
    Andrea WHITTIER, CA, United States 01-24-14
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    "Narration Flowed Like a River"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tie: Bernadette and Be


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Be and Elgin find Bernadette.


    If you could rename Where'd You Go, Bernadette, what would you call it?

    How Be Got to Antarctica


    Any additional comments?

    Loved. Kathleen Wilhoite narrated this story beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    southern lady Roanoke, VA, United States 01-19-14
    southern lady Roanoke, VA, United States 01-19-14
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    "Narrator ruins books with her accent"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am reading this as a local book club selection. Narrator Kathleen Wilhoite is a TV actress I haven't seen, but her bio says she's from CA which is where the main character lived before moving to Seattle. I liked the old TV show "Rhoda," but I didn't like listening to this narrator who sounds just like Rhoda, her sister Brenda, and their mother. I realized that I didn't like the main character or the whole book because of it. I've listened to 3/4 of the book. Now I'm going to try to shake the memory of this voice off and start the book all over again, ONLY AS A READ! I researched her (Kathleen Wilhoite) and found that she is a TV actress and was born and lives in CA (main character lived in CA and moved to Seattle.) I'm going to write down her name and not get another audible book she narrates!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thus far I've enjoyed all the characters. Bernadette's behavior is absurd, and it's definitely not a book I'd even think about reading again, but it obviously suits some people's taste--probably people younger than I am (60's) and not a Southerner!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    100%. I'd never buy it as an audible book again.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Tedium.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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