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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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    Beth Studio City, CA 02-01-15
    Beth Studio City, CA 02-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book which was made even better by the narrator. Well written.

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    Susan ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 01-20-15
    Susan ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2009
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    I listened to this book on a long drive. It was such an enjoyable listen. The characters were great and the story moved along at a good pace. The narrator was great at performing the many characters in this book.

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    Amazon Customer 01-16-15
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    "Loved this book"

    A great story with plenty of twists. It keeps you guessing as to how the story will eventually resolve. Very humorous with a lot of interesting pop culture references.

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    Melanie L 01-15-15
    Melanie L 01-15-15 Member Since 2016

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    "A Well-written, Light, Entertaining Read"
    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    A chick book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    Mudslide scene.


    Any additional comments?

    We read this for book club. It sparked lively and fun conversation.

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    Sophie 01-11-15
    Sophie 01-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Enthralled"

    Story could have been good but narrator was hard to differentiate between characters. Couldn't tell if it was Bernadette or B half the time. Painful to get through.

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    Bookmarque 01-08-15
    Bookmarque 01-08-15 Member Since 2007

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    "Go for the story, stay for the narrator"

    Writing humor alone is a difficult task. Making it farce is even harder. Combining that with a novel plot and distinct characters is almost unheard of. And to do it in epistolary format??? OMG as Bee’s friends would say. Oh and then there’s heart. This novel has it and all that other stuff in spades.

    When it first came out, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? got lots of attention. People raved over it. I resisted. So many books aimed at women are just too sentimental for me and I put this in that bucket. Allow me to take it out. Sentimental is not something I’d call Bernadette, or anyone else in the book. Sure, it’s the story of a family and one whose members are genuinely connected to each other. But it isn’t soppy and the kid, Bee, isn’t an eyesore. I liked her which is really hard to make me do. Bernadette’s past and present are effectively mysterious and the cast of neighbors and hangers on are fabulous. The ending, while not assured, is reassuring and appropriate.

    The narrator, Kathleen Wilhoite, did a great job overall. No, her men's voices weren't distinct one from another, but her women were. Epistolary format presents challenges galore for a narrator and she hurdled them all with ease.

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    Kate Grand Blanc, MI, United States 01-05-15
    Kate Grand Blanc, MI, United States 01-05-15 Member Since 2013

    I'm a graduate student from Flint, MI. My day job affords me hours to enjoy audio books while I work. Self-professed Narrator Snob!

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    "No one is as they seem"

    First off I have to say the narrator did a phenomenal job! I thought I recognized her voice so I looked her up and realized she's PEPPER ANN, from my favorite TV show when I was a kid! Total bonus!

    Ok, on to the story. I'm not normally a "found footage" novel type of person but this book is different. Because of the multiple story-tellers and the different voices the narrative world is rich and beautiful, even in it's tragedy.

    This book lives with me as a constant reminder that no one is as simple as they seem, and no one has an easy life. Even our worst day is someone else's wish. I love this book. I've listened to it at least 3 times now. I will never get enough Bernadette!

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    Toni 01-02-15
    Toni 01-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun read"

    Quirky fun read. I fell in love with the characters and enjoyed the performance of the reader. Worth the time

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    Sara Yamtich Fayetteville, AR 10-27-14
    Sara Yamtich Fayetteville, AR 10-27-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Overacting practically ruined the book for me"
    What did you like best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette? What did you like least?

    This book came highly recommended by a friend of mine, whose opinion I value. However, I'm pretty sure my impression of the novel was ruined by the incredible overacting of the story's reader. I listened to the story with my mother, as we drove across the country, and we had to pause it every 30 minutes or so, to re-interpret (act out) a dialogue between the characters in the way that we imagined the author really intended.

    That said, the story itself is pretty great. Perhaps save it for a read, instead of a listen?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, I'm pretty sure I would've loved the mother, Bernadette, if she hadn't been so overacted. She was irreverent, brilliant, hilarious, and tragic all at once. I love complex characters!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen Wilhoite’s performances?

    NO. In fact, I'm going to be incredibly careful about my audiobook purchases from now on, so that I don't have to sit through hours of another performance like that.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    As long as Kathleen didn't play any of the characters, YES!


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    Deb 10-22-14
    Deb 10-22-14
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    "Spare us the overly dramatic narration, please!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The over-wrought narration ruined this book. Please ship her off to Antarctica! It's insulting to listen to her ridiculously strained narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathleen Wilhoite?

    ANYONE! She is AWFUL. I'll be sure to stay away from ANYTHING that she narrates.


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