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
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.
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.
The characters were irredeemable and boring.
She's a great narrator but she needed better material to work with.
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".
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
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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