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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Audiobook

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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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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    Elizabeth Mykietyn 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    There's Good, Bad & Ugly. I did this book as an audible. I can't imagine anyone actually reading pages. It went on forever. The good = the characters are interesting and there's humor to make you laugh out loud. The bad = it went on and on and on. Whoever edited this did an awful job. Do over! Ugly = the actors doing the narration is just okay but theres a singing part where she sings beautifully but the song goes on and on in after a while you don't care anymore. That's the problem with the book – there are times you wish she would just end.

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    WriterlyWife 05-18-15 Member Since 2014

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    "We are all "B" and "Bernadette""

    This book is weird, tragic and delightful. It's raw and pretentious all at once, which only elevates its charm, in my opinion. What makes this book quirky is what also makes it painfully real: Every family is crazy, every kid wants to believe the best, and every adult has no clue to how to manage life. "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" reads like a movie but the impression is as real-life as it gets.

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    Lara Hall 05-15-15
    Lara Hall 05-15-15
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    "lalalara"

    Cute story and I loved the performance! well-written face paced story was enthralling and silly from beginning to end.

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    Amazon Customer 05-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    wow, what a go nowhere book. I stuck it out due to the great reviews, but what a waste of time, it never got good. It is a horribly boring book with a weak plot that doesn't show up until several hours into it, chapter 8. give it a miss UNLESS you are a Washington state native, or are familiar with the culture there. A lot of this book is dedicated to little jokes on that culture's idiosyncrasies, kind of like Tim Dorsey with Florida (which I love because I get it). I don't see it appealing to any male.

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    Kat Fort Wayne, IN, United States 05-02-15
    Kat Fort Wayne, IN, United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must listen!"

    I had several starts on this book. I had it in my library forever. I'd start and stop. Listen to another book then go back. It just didn't seem to go anywhere. The first half seemed really disconnected. I had trouble keeping my mind from wandering. But then.....all of the sudden I could not stop listening. I was so immersed in this book I forgot everything else. Everything came together. It was a wild ride and I didn't want to get off! If you find yourself getting bored or whatever just hang in there! Bernadette is a fantastically complex character. Amazing book!

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    M. Young in another realm 04-27-15
    M. Young in another realm 04-27-15

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    What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    I really loved this book. I will listen to it again! I thought this book was funny, quirky, sad, truthful, adventurous and sarcastic. Basically life, with a sense of humor.

    There are so many things about this book I loved. It took me a moment to figure out what was sarcasm. Once I got the hang of the novels' tone, I was in love with the story.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Wilhoite’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I loved her narration. The different voices cracked me up. I took my youngest to a pretentious preschool and found it super easy to relate to some of the characters. I adored the voices. I could easily picture the cast through the impressions!


    Any additional comments?

    At first, a novel based on a mothers disapperance didn't appeal to me. I thought it might be too sad and hard to get through. My own mother isn't experiencing good health, and our time together is getting shorter and shorter. It's a subject that is tough for me.

    However, this book isn't about losing a mother, it's about a mother, a daughter, a family, and others finding themselves. We often lose sight of ourselves in life. We think we know ourselves and each other. Truth is, once in a while (or a lifetime) some catalyst pushes us into another step or chapter of our being. A chapter we didn't know existed.

    This novel follows the changes of a lifetime for many characters. I loved the variety of people in Bernadettes' life. They were rich, well developed, and sometimes funny as hell. I just never knew what was going to happen!

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    Brooke Somerville Dearborn, MI 04-19-15
    Brooke Somerville Dearborn, MI 04-19-15
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    "I Want to Give the Narrator 10 Stars!"

    This is a fabulous, funny book from an Arrested Development writer. It met my expectations in the humor department. But the narration by Kathleen Wilhoite brought the book to a whole new level

    Wilhoite had a distinct speaking voice for all of "Bernadette's" characters and later in the story blew me away with her singing. This book was a true pleasure to listen to. Kathleen Wilhoite, please narrate more books. You could read me anything and I would listen!

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    Brielle 04-14-15
    Brielle 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious beautiful journey."

    Where'd you go, Bernadette easily reads as a truly witty comedy. Through all the laughs is a very entertaining and moving story. It's literally and figuratively a journey through the life Bernadette and her family lost and home again.

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    Mishap 04-08-15
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    "I absolutely loved it!!"

    I would definitely recommend this book. It's like no other book I have listened to...I was laughing out loud, moved to tears, cheered, and sometimes booed some the characters. The narrator is PERFECTION!! I could listen to this over and over again!!!!

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    M. Rieth Sprague, WA USA 03-31-15
    M. Rieth Sprague, WA USA 03-31-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Amused at first but captivated in the end"

    I loved this story. I recommend it to anyone wanting an entertaining story that different and is so unusual in its delivery it's just plain wonderful.

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