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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Audiobook

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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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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    Bernadette 04-13-16
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    "love love love!"

    The story starts off a tad slow but you soon get into it. The narrator is so enthusiastic, she pulls you in.
    you feel every emotion and find yourself guessing on what will happen and how you feel about some characters. I would read this over and listen along with it.

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    Stefanie 04-13-16
    Stefanie 04-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable story with predictable ending"

    This was predictable with a predictable ending. I didn't find it stimulating in any way. I kept hoping for something unexpected but it just never came.

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    Stacey 04-10-16
    Stacey 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story and performance"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining and there were times that I literally laughed out loud. In addition to the story itself, the performance was excellent.

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    Kathryn 04-04-16
    Kathryn 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it!"

    loved this! just when I thought the story was getting a little slow, it sped right along!

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    KJK 04-03-16
    KJK 04-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliantly written and performed!"

    I enjoyed this book so much, I carried my phone around my home and office so I could keep listening!

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 04-02-16
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 04-02-16 Member Since 2013

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    "I think middle school/ high school will like it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think very young will like it. It is a unique story, a little nod to Gone Girl twist. Teen girls will relate.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It has a happy ending. There was a twist at the end but most things were somewhat predictable.


    What three words best describe Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance?

    She did the characters well. I will not be seeking her out however.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have to say at several points in the book there were long diatribes that drove me crazy!

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    Susan C. Deans 04-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "For a good laugh, listen to this! "

    Loved this book that kept me wanting to hear more! Especially wonderful if you've ever lived in a high tech area. Seattle and the Bay area particularly will get a laugh at themselves!

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    Amazon Customer Dunkirk, MD 03-30-16
    Amazon Customer Dunkirk, MD 03-30-16 Member Since 2015

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    "I'm taking the long way to and from work now"
    What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    This book is hilarious and sad and genuine all at the same time. I love the characters--even the ones I hate. I have found myself wondering many times what the real story is and I LOVE that. There is so much depth and heart in this book.


    What about Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance did you like?

    I honestly think this is one of those time when you get more out of the book from listening to it than reading it. Kathleen Wilhoite gave an amazing performance. I know if I read this myself I would have missed a lot of the nuance of character that Kathleen brought out. Here singing voice is wonderful and was another delightful detention to the experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a long, somewhat tedious commute, but these days as I'm listening to this book I find myself just putting myself in a lane and not really caring if I can go faster. Before I know it I'm getting into work or am home and I usually feel a little disappointed!

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    Heather 03-27-16
    Heather 03-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Got used to the annoying voice"

    There were some high points in this book, but overall one of the 'lesser' reads on audible. I do a fair bit of travelling for work and usually the miles fly with audible. During my last three hour journey, I switched off on this one. The narrator's voice is annoying. Her attempts at accents fail dismally. The story line falls between riveting and unbelievable.

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    Picky Shopper Dallas TX 03-26-16
    Picky Shopper Dallas TX 03-26-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great experience."

    Book was a real treat with colorful characters. The reader had a superb ability to capture different voices My only complaint was as a listener trying to handle too much of a decibel range.

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