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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amanda 01-05-16
    Amanda 01-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bernadette and Kathleen are the Perfect Pair"
    What made the experience of listening to Where'd You Go, Bernadette the most enjoyable?

    Kathleen Wilhoite does a delightful job of bringing Bernadette to life, making you like her and getting you to understand her struggles without making her whiney. I really enjoyed her performance.


    What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

    The Mystery of Mercy Close, because while there is a mystery to be solved, the real story is in the characters and the different experiences that have shaped their lives.


    What about Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance did you like?

    She tells the story with a lot of emotion. Also she sheds a kind of levity on the more sarcastic parts. She reads different passages that could be considered complaining or dwelling with a kind of chuckle and it helps you relate and really enjoy Bernadette.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There's a scene from Bee's perspective where Bernadette is fighting with the neighbor and Bee realizes that the incident is going to get back to her father and it's going to change the way things are. I think everyone has a moment like that, where you have no control over something that you don't want to happen.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a very entertaining story and performance. It was hard for me not to binge listen to it and save it for when I was in the car. I enjoyed it very much.

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    DeliciousAlarm 01-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun listen!"
    What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    I LOVED the narration of this book. It was so well performed that I will probably listen again. One of those Audible moments when the recorded version has got to be better than reading an actual book. Kathleen Wilhoite went above and beyond with her voicing. The highlight for me as a listener was the amazing rendition of O Holy Night - I was blown away!


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    Michelle 01-02-16
    Michelle 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A delightful and lighthearted story"

    This novel kept me smiling from cover to cover. An excellent story and even more captivating storyteller!

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    Leilah Mustang, OK, United States 12-09-15
    Leilah Mustang, OK, United States 12-09-15 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Makes me laugh."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Where'd You Go, Bernadette to be better than the print version?

    Great writing and an excellent story. I loved it and expected to hate it. I am looking for another.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

    Bernadette's daughter.


    If you could take any character from Where'd You Go, Bernadette out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    This ask too many questions. I don't like it.


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    Chanelle 12-08-15
    Chanelle 12-08-15
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    "Fun, engaging and we'll presented."

    I listened to "Where'd you go..." in two sittings. Love the Seattle references and recommend as a good read.

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    Alison 12-04-15
    Alison 12-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I enjoyed this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Where'd You Go, Bernadette the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a easy, fast read, and was very enjoyable. The narration did not bother me as some other reviews had stated.


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    Susan 11-30-15
    Susan 11-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Refreshingly original if a bit dark in places"

    The clever use of emails, letters, medical reports and a TED talk make for a refreshingly original read. The narrator does the individual voices perfectly. Amusing send-up of the suburban Seattle aspirational lifestyle. The narrative does get a bit dark in the second half, but redeems itself by the end. A few bits strain credibility, but overall it's a very fun story. Our Book Club found it very enjoyable.

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    Ruth Lambert New Haven, Connecticut 11-24-15
    Ruth Lambert New Haven, Connecticut 11-24-15 Member Since 2007

    Editor for over 25 years, for 35 books in the R.E. appraisal area & CEO of my own small biz. Got my MFA in creative writing at age 67. :D

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    "A YA novel not billed as such..."

    This story of Bea, a 15 year old in a 10 year old's body due to a major heart defect in infancy, is interesting up to a point, and then goes -- quite literally -- south. The narrator, especially when voicing Bea, used an unfortunate whine to simulate adolescence. The backstory was more interesting than the novel as it moved forward in time. The COVER is terrific - good marketing!

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    Carol & Mike Doran 10-31-15
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    "Good For You Bernadette"

    Charming story of a brilliant, funny woman who simply marches to a different drummer. I laughed out loud and enjoyed it thoroughly.

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    Meredith 10-25-15
    Meredith 10-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good read"

    I loved and hated Bernadette at the same time. The narrator was okay. Such a good mother, daughter bond. Totally entertaining.

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