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
Yes, the performance was as good as the story
Each character was developed so you saw multiple sides and behaviors, which is how all people really are.
Bee, so bright and happy.
Delusional, quirky and fun.
Maybe some of Carl Hiassen's books. Crazy characters who do crazy things.
It has to be everything involved with the blackberry vines.
Of course it would be Bernadette. Why would I want to miss out on her insightful, but delusional labels of events and people.
"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.
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.
Kathleen Wilhoite brought this story to life, so funny and fantastic, I just started re-listning versus starting another book. Highly recommend.
Narrator and Story
Her voice and characters
I already have! It's an excellent read for those of us who are constantly torn between comedy and suspense.
Bee - Her ability to stay afloat amidst all the chaos is astounding and she does it with a perfect level of humor and grace.
I have not, but I thought she was an excellent narrator.
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.
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.
Fantastic narrator - did an excellent job with all the characters.
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!
Fun, Curious, and Fun!
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.
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.
Tie: Bernadette and Be
Be and Elgin find Bernadette.
How Be Got to Antarctica
Loved. Kathleen Wilhoite narrated this story beautifully.
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!!
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!
100%. I'd never buy it as an audible book again.
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