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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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    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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    SRL 03-28-15
    SRL 03-28-15

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    "A different kind of book"

    The first half of this book I would give 5 stars, the second half 3. The first half was original, funny, interesting and kept me reading. The second half after the intervention went downhill in a hurry for me. It felt somewhat contrived (it was almost like another author wrote the second half) as if the author had run out of ideas and was "making stuff up as she went along". I kept reading because I wanted to find out where the heck Bernadette was! I did like the relationship between Bee and Bernadette. I liked Bernadette's snarky comments about her fellow parents (gnats), Seattle and Canadians. She was somebody that I think I would like to hang out with because I did appreciate her irreverence although I think she would be a really high maintenance friend. I like a book where I inadvertently learn stuff, like about Microsoft and Antarctica. It was a book club read with about 3/4 of the members liking it.

    A little bit about the narration. Aside from the fact that the narrator mispronounced realtor several times...it's real-tor, not re-lit-tor...a pet peeve of mine, I liked the narration. She was animated and did different voices quite well...and she could sing. Who could ask for any more than that.

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    Risa Goldberg 03-28-15
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    "One of my all time favorite audio books"

    Just re-listened to this after a series of so-so books. The narrator is absolutely outstanding. Every voice is completely distinct. I laughed out loud, and cried, listening to this tape. It's hard to say how much I would have liked this book on paper, but as an audiobook it absolutely worked. The story is light-hearted but with some gravitas, and great characters.

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    Stacey 03-26-15
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    This was a quirky story to say the least. I liked that it was quirky without feeling precious or self-aware. I cared deeply about the main characters and enjoyed the way the story unfolded. Caution: there are profanities throughout the story. They aren't frequent, but if you are sensitive to that you might want to avoid this story.

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    Kristina 03-26-15
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    "A fun and relevant read for how we communicate"

    Cleverly written from the vantage of letters, emails and reports, a story is woven together and relationships and purpose are explored from multiple angles. At times overly descriptive and unnatural dialog from emails but it works for the overall story which is charming, honest and funny.

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    Kindle Customer 03-25-15
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    "Very enjoyable."

    This was a good listen. The story was interesting and positive. A nice contrast to very dark or overly sappy stories.

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    Cali Girl 03-23-15
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    this audible had the wonderful combination of fantastic story and fabulous narration. the characters are quirky, lovable, and funny. the story had a very good pace. highly recommended!

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    E. Woodford At Work 03-20-15
    E. Woodford At Work 03-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun drama"

    Not my typical story, but started listening to it because my wife suggested it. Performance is great, story light and fun. Only a few swear words and adult concepts minimal, so fairly safe for teen listening.

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    Cami 03-20-15
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    "Live. This book told me."

    This recording does well with all the voices. Especially good at expressing the precocious and intelligent Bee.

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    Denise Baumgartner 03-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Read"

    Good simple story that kept me interested. Good characters and easy to listen to throughout.

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