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 think it's difficult to write a comic novel. Although there were serious aspects to the story, it was loaded with quirky humor. This is the kind of comedy that is clever and intelligent. The characters are eccentric as well as endearing. Wedged in between weighty fiction, this book was just pure fun and enjoyment. I think it's the type of book you would love to start on a rainy day, wearing your favorite PJs and read all day and into the night. I gave this book 4 stars not because I think it's a work of literary genius, it's just fun to read.
Psych RN who dreams of living in a forest inside a hollow tree with my hubby and dog, listening to Audible books while bunnies frolic around
I honestly don't know. Maybe someone with lower expectations. I spend so much time trying to decide on a book that is worthy of my precious credits. So I read reviews, categorize by star rating, then I've tried best selling and I still find myself choosing the wrong book for "me". I just could not get into this book. I need a story with characters and this read like a diary of emails.
At the beginning, I wasn't sure I'd get in to the format, and before I knew it, I was pulled in to the story. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job with Bee. I liked that all the characters were so multi-faceted - often the instinct is to fall to more stereotypical 2D cutouts, but all of the characters evolve to show their many faces throughout the story.
Funny; insightful; intelligent
I've never read anything like this. Usualy intelligent books are not funny and vice versa. This is the whole package.
I have not heard Kathleen before, but will actively look for her in the future. Her performance was fabulous. (I'd love a recording of "O Holy Night" but that comment is going to be very confusing for someone reading this review!)
Yes and no. It was very enjoyable and I wanted to keep listening, but I really didn't want it to end.
I want more! Maybe this should be a series. I want to know what happens next in all the characters lives.
Absolutely though it took a bit to get used to the reader did a fantastic job
The modern day setting and humor
No and i lookforwardtohearing more fromher
There were quite a few, some poignant,some tears, lots of laughs
Definitely a great listen
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Silly, but I avoided this book because I was put off by the title and cover art. When every review began with the word, "quirky," that was enough to put it on the bottom of my list. Glad I got to the bottom of my list. This was fun and funny especially if you've spent time in Seattle and environs. This author is really smart and quite clever, and just when you think you've had just about enough of THAT, she tumbles down to earth with a vulnerability that touches the hardest of hearts. But the best part, without a doubt, is the narrator. She took a good book and she made it amazing.
It took a little while for me to get used to the narrator, who has high-pitched, almost child-like voice. But she did a great job adjusting to the many different characters and viewpoints who tell the story. It's a funny read (or listen) that still manages to touch on some serious topics, such as family, mental health, and belonging.
The best Audible book I have heard, by far! If there were more stars for performance I would add them! Excellent!
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