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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Audiobook

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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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    Janet 05-20-16
    Janet 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listen!"

    Loved the whole story from beginning to end. Great job on the narration too. She made the story come to life.

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    M. Weiby Minneapolis 05-18-16
    M. Weiby Minneapolis 05-18-16 Member Since 2016

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    Bernadette's character is at times maddening, hilarious and odd. Loved this book so much, the climax of the story was strong and memorable.

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    Amazon Customer 05-13-16
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    "Addictive from beginning to end."

    It was hard to not listen to the entire book in one sitting. I just had to know where the story was going. It's definitely worth a re-listen because it was so enjoyable.

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    merritt martin 05-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Audio Book Perfection"

    There could not have been a better choice for narrator. Kathleen Wilhoite is amazing. A must-listen!

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    AJ 05-06-16
    AJ 05-06-16
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    "Dull as dishwater"
    What would have made Where'd You Go, Bernadette better?

    The story is so boring. It's supposed to be satire but I didn't find anything satirical behind it, perhaps because people do these things in real life so it just felt like a run of the mill story. I have a rule, I will watch a movie for at least 30 minutes before I give up on it. I listened to this story for two hours and it was like watching paint dry. The story was dull and the characters were obnoxious.


    What was most disappointing about Maria Semple’s story?

    The characters were irredeemable and boring.


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

    She's a great narrator but she needed better material to work with.


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    Paula Towe 04-29-16
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    "A lovely kooky tale"

    At first I didn't care for the voice of the narrator as every character had the same bubbly inflection, but then I just fell into the story and went along on the crazy ride with the most unusual cast of characters I've encountered in a while. It was, as my best friend's mother used to say,"just fun".

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    Michele M. Durfee 04-27-16
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    "Wasn't what I expected"

    But the plot and characters were engaging so I had to finish. Not as light/funny as I had hoped.

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    Carol J. Carlson 04-25-16 Member Since 2008
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    "A Quirky Gem"

    Cunning and fun, I enjoyed it immensely. The narration is spot on perfect. Highly recommend.

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    Suz 04-20-16
    Suz 04-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it."

    Enjoyed the story. Good context and crisp voice. Loved Bee. Hope there is a sequel.

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    bebe South Carolina 04-18-16
    bebe South Carolina 04-18-16

    Attorney - love to listen to audio books

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    Great book. Interesting story. Fantastic reader. I started this book and did not turn it off until I finished. The author smacked so called "do gooders" for their hypocrisy and snarkiness and I appreciated her sentiments. She did all this smacking in a funny and interesting story with great characters and outlandish situations. Even while "smacking" the author does seem to recognize that everything is not black and white. Very well done. The reader is excellent. At first I thought she was over the top, but after the first couple of chapters I realized that she was performing that way for a very good reason and I began to really enjoy her performance. I particularly liked O Holy Night. She sang it extremely well. This book set in my library for months and I am glad I finally downloaded and listened. I am sorry I put it off so long.

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