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
Just re-listened to this after a series of so-so books. The narrator is absolutely outstanding. Every voice is completely distinct. I laughed out loud, and cried, listening to this tape. It's hard to say how much I would have liked this book on paper, but as an audiobook it absolutely worked. The story is light-hearted but with some gravitas, and great characters.
This was a quirky story to say the least. I liked that it was quirky without feeling precious or self-aware. I cared deeply about the main characters and enjoyed the way the story unfolded. Caution: there are profanities throughout the story. They aren't frequent, but if you are sensitive to that you might want to avoid this story.
Cleverly written from the vantage of letters, emails and reports, a story is woven together and relationships and purpose are explored from multiple angles. At times overly descriptive and unnatural dialog from emails but it works for the overall story which is charming, honest and funny.
this audible had the wonderful combination of fantastic story and fabulous narration. the characters are quirky, lovable, and funny. the story had a very good pace. highly recommended!
Not my typical story, but started listening to it because my wife suggested it. Performance is great, story light and fun. Only a few swear words and adult concepts minimal, so fairly safe for teen listening.
I don't usually listen to books twice.
B, the child. Nthe was so precocious and sweet. I loved her sense of humor amd loyalty.
The scene where she talked about the weather man.
Quirky and Smart!
Loved the narrator. She was perfect!
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