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 got a real kick out of a true "character". Bernadette is likely one of those people better to read about than live with, but what fun it would be to be her for awhile. Her ability to completely immerse herself 100% in a project and ignore all of the awful expectations of society and come out with more money and success....great fantasy..... Fun read, some laugh out loud moments interspersed with a slight touch of what the ????.
Love to read. Lack of time forces me to listen to the books rather than read :)
The narrator! She was able to capture the different voices wonderfully! She portrayed Bernadette so calmly, and Bea as a child, but not in an annoying child-like voice. The narrator was awesome.
She was able to capture the different voices wonderfully! She portrayed Bernadette so calmly, and Bea as a child, but not in an annoying child-like voice. The narrator was awesome.
Bernadette! I felt sorry for her, and could relate to her. Everyone around her was so judgmental, but she was just a mother trying to live in a world she was not comfortable in and give her daughter a happy fun life.
This book was fantastic! The cover and title give hints of humor, and there were moments I literally laughed out loud. Some reviewers were offended at the occasional curse word here and there, but I understand them. They are used to get a point across, and in reality, people use curse words in the heat of a moment so I found them appropriate and realistic. My favorite part of the book was how it is mostly written in letters, emails, and electronic communication, which fit perfectly with the Seattle-technology-Microsoft setting of the story. It was genius. While the story had humorous moments, there was a serious unraveling of a mother in an uncomfortable world being judged by everyone around her. I could relate to her, and I felt sorry for her. I became angry at the other characters and just wanted to rescue her and say "screw them!" The story was very real and I felt as though I was truly witnessing everything that happened. The book is fantastic. Some audible books I wish I had actually physically read the book.. but not this one! It's way better than reading,... the narrator gets heated and calm in appropriate moments, shouts and whispers when needed. She truly adds to the emotion of the story. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to hear a great story filled with a bit of mystery that is not truly solved until the end.. plus a couple laughs here and there.
I didn't particularly like any of the characters, and many were intended to be frustrating, but I really enjoyed this book. The audiobook narrator, who performs a variety of voices, accents, and even sings(!), is phenomenal.
"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" reminded me of "Gone Girl," as the story is told from multiple perspectives, and all the characters make mistakes. This one is lighter and a bit goofier in tone. The relationship between the mother and daughter is very sweet. As with "Gone Girl," I couldn't wait to get back to this book it every time I had to stop.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
I am afraid this was my 2nd try with this author and I have to say were not compatible
I feel she didn't help the book any
Unfortunately I would cut bernadette. Whining is fine but this was overboard
I enjoyed the entire book from beginning to end. Great story: funny, entertaining, well written. The performance was top notch and Ms. Wilhoite changed characters without a hitch. I laughed out loud while driving and I wish it hadn't ended.
This was a love story between a mother and her child
The ending with the letter from Bernadette
All of them
I have listened to at least a hundred titles and I can honestly say this narration was the best. Ms Wilhoite brought an energy and enthusiasm to a delightfully well written family love story..the characters were clear and distinct...such an enjoyable listen
I love historical fiction, memoirs, rock star bios, and good dog stories.
The narrator of this book really made the story come alive by the way she inhabited each of the characters. I found her reading of the book so compelling that I searched for other books she's narrated. Alas, it appears that this is her only one!
When Bernadette's daughter was in church and they were singing a hymn, and the narrator of the book actually SANG the hymn. Beautiful, awesome!
She was hands down the best narrator I've ever listened to and I would LOVE to read more books narrated by her.
Bernadette, because I found her to be a fabulous intriguing character.
Great book, great characters, intriguing story, fabulous narrator. Highly recommended!!
so I would make this wonderful book last. I am treating it like the most incredible piece of chocolate that you really never want to end. You just savor every bite.
This a unique storyline. It is unpredictable and has total wrapped me in it's loving arms.
All of them.
I am about 25% through with the book and I have no idea where it is going to go or end up but I want to be Bernadette when I grow up. Wait - I am 63 so I think I am already there.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. It tells a story that speaks to anyone who feels that they do not always fit in this world--complete with an exploration of the panic that causes, and the joy that emerges in finding your way.
The author grounded this book in regional stereotypes which makes it uniquely American and also hilarious. Bernadette could have been pretty repulsive but she's written in a manner that makes her relatable and I thought even likable. The relationship between Bernadette and Bee was especially compelling.
The reader (who Gilmore Girls fans will recognize as Luke's sister, Liz) perfectly captured the characters and their personalities. Will definitely listen again sometime down the road.
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