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
cute, funny, smart
It's an intriguing and captivating story, with many twists and turns. It made a lot of train rides much more enjoyable.
This was a selection for our book club and it was a hit with everyone. That happens very rarely.
This was a fun and quick read yet there was quite a lot of discussion about the book at our meeting.
Our book club ready enjoyed this read and having the audible made it more exciting to follow along. Some of Bernadette characteristics reminded me of myself. I am going to buy the hard copy to add to my collection.
Finding Bernadette. I really thought she had die.
Bernadette assuring her daughter that no one would come between her marriage at the end.
Bernadette, because it would be fun to reflex with someone I can relate to.
This was my first time reading a book narrated in this manner, but it was great; and caused me to want to read more books like it.
Where'd You Go Bernadette can be summed up in three words: Fun, crazy, rebirth
Not sure I can even compare this book with another book.
Kathleen Wilhoite changed characters seamlessly and effortlessly.
It made me laugh most of the time and cry just a little.
I would recommend reading this book.
After a while her voice became very irritating.
Fun, light comedy.
I really enjoyed the way the story unfolded. The performance was perfection. It was imaginative and entertaining.
Nonfiction writer by day, fiction lover by night.
I keep hearing, "Give it a chance; it takes a while to warm up." I'm just not that kind of reader/listener. If you haven't interested me - or at least given me an idea what the story will be about or why I should care - in the first half hour or so, I'm out. I tried really hard to listen longer, but I had other stuff to do (and read). Maybe I'll try again sometime, maybe after I read a more full description of it somewhere else to get an idea of what I'm missing.
This was the perfect storm of a great story read by the perfect narrator. The story involves an examination of a small upper middle class neighborhood in Seattle and a Los Angeles couple who moved there years ago to raise their daughter. The Los Angeles couple is well known in the neighborhood due to the husband's high position at Microsoft and the wife's eccentric behavior. While trying to deal with their own long-brewing marital problems, they become a catalyst for other people's obsessive behaviors. The first half of the book was like a hilarious modern take on Peyton Place, but then the story goes off in a completely surprising direction following the disappearance of Bernadette, half of the Los Angeles couple.
Kathleen Wilhoite did a masterful job of creating unique voices for each of the crazy characters in the book. This was the first book I read which was narrated by Ms. Wilhoite, but I will be looking for other books read by her in the future.
I love the audio version as you get tones and inflections that may not have occurred to you...the narrator can make or brake an audio book and this one was spot on
The humor and unexpected story line
She had the characters nailed
Bernadette or B
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
This is a great beach or cozy-in-bed read, but I can't bear to give it four or five stars, since those should be reserved for great books and literature. I loved this book. I loved the quirkiness of Bernadette and the redemption of several characters as the story unfolds. I loved that it takes place in my hometown and references to all of the places, people and things that I know and love. I loved that I'm not the only person who wants my toilets flushed when I'm not home. I loved the narrator of the audio version who so fabulously provided a variety of voices and accents. Read this. Enjoy it. Share the love.
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