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
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.
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.
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.
I think very young will like it. It is a unique story, a little nod to Gone Girl twist. Teen girls will relate.
It has a happy ending. There was a twist at the end but most things were somewhat predictable.
She did the characters well. I will not be seeking her out however.
I would have to say at several points in the book there were long diatribes that drove me crazy!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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