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 book was great and was exactly wanted to listen a kid listern to a book that doesn't have expression in her voice
The author had me hooked the whole way! I cannot believe how true to life this story could be and I was left wanting so much more. If you are a husband, wife, mother, or business was person his story will amaze you! We all get "stuck" and we all have a past. I recommend this book completely!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Great writing and an excellent story. I loved it and expected to hate it. I am looking for another.
This ask too many questions. I don't like it.
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