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
I had a blast going thru this story ... what a hoot . Funny and heart warming and totally unexpected.
Thnx for a great diversion in my hectic life
This book absolutely captivated me, and I found myself making excuses to listen just a little bit more throughout the day. I laughed out loud many times. Semple's characters are so spot-on, as are her portrayals of private schools, life in Seattle, and Microsoft. Add to this a simply outstanding Narrator, and you've got a true gem.
I'll never know how good this book is to read, although it received rave reviews in the NYTimes and elsewhere. Starting with Maria Semples excellent novel of imaginative multi source presentation, great characters and relentless wit, Kathleen Wilhoite elevates it to the pinnacle of audiobooks. She gives what appears to be the exact inflection, snark, accent and tone that Ms Semple must have imagined. I found myself laughing while running at the content and delivery. I was also astonished at Wilhoits ability to deliver an strong a Capella O Holy Night. What? Yes, that's in there too.
I've read/listened to a lot of geeat and not so great audible books. For me, this one was the best combination of author and readers voice ever.
The confrontations involving Bernadette and Audrey were well scripted and delivered. The correspondence with the personal assistant as well.
It's close between the two B's, but I'll say Bernadette.
That's not how I roll. Runs and drives....I will say I looked for excuses to extend both.
A film editor who loves a great story.
Loved the narrator. Sweet story.
The narrator gave this story so much personality.
I purchased this book the day after I returned home from 2 weeks in Antarctica. I had no idea Antarctica was such a part of this story so I enjoyed it even more having just done that trip.
I wasn't sure this book format (compilation of emails, receipts, etc.) would work in audio format, but I'm so glad I tried it anyway. If you like funny, quirky characters and perfect comedic timing this is the book for you!
You will not be able to stop listening to this book!
I alternated between wanting to listen every second and wanting to stop because I didn't want the book to end.
The characters are so real that I'm honestly bummed I can't go to Seattle and hang out with them.
The story is completely original and beautifully told - with lots of twists and turns - it's utterly delightful. What a great read. I'm recommending it to everyone I know!
I'm not sure it could be a 4 or 5 star book for me. I did enjoy the first half of the book and would give it 3 stars, but the second half of the book was just too bizarre and over the top for me.
I'm not sure. It would depend on the storyline.
Kathleen Wilhoite's performance was flawless! She is certainly one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. I was surprised and saddened to see that this is the only book she has narrated here on Audible. I hope that changes very soon.
I would have rewritten the the second half of the book. It was far too unrealistic for me.
I enjoyed the unique voices the reader used to perform the different characters. Bernadette is an interesting and surprising heroine.
I don't usually write reviews because I tend to agree with the other reviewers but not in this case. The majority of reviewers gave raving reviews-but not me. The overall story idea is a good one and certainly imaginative, but the majority of the book was presented as a series of emails from one character to another and I found this extremely annoying. There was too much jumping around and it took more than a few hours to figure out who everyone was in the story. When the book got to the point where the story was presented without so many short emails, I enjoyed it more. Unlike other reviewers, I wasn't thrilled with the storyteller --she tried to do different accents but I thought she failed and unlike others, I did not like her singing-I thought it detracted from the book and I have no idea why it was included.
I really enjoyed this book. It is wonderfully funny detailing the highjinks of the denizens of the Seattle/Microsoft, suburban, private school crowd with a sweet underlying family story. The writing is very lively -- the story is told through the email messages, letters, etc. of various characters, each with very distinct voices. While some of the story elements are silly and outlandish for comedic effect, it is not vapid--there is humanity in the emotional unfolding of the story. The narrator gamely takes on some (briefly) required accents, but her main strength is in her energetic characterizations. She also sings exeptionally well for the one verse of a Christmas carol.
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