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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Audiobook

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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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    AC 12-20-16
    AC 12-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A fantastic story with one of the best narrations I've experienced!"

    In my opinion, it's a sign of a truly wonderful book when you come to the end and will miss the characters. That is the case with this book. It's charming and fast-paced, with great twists along the way. It's not too heavy or deep, but simply a joy to experience. The narration could not have been better- this is a talented narrator who expertly portrayed every character.


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    Neona 12-19-16
    Neona 12-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "very enjoyable read"

    This book wasn't what I was expecting. I read the synopsis that said Bernadette's daughter uses correspondence emails and documents to search for her mother. I was expecting parts of the story to be dry in places.

    I was pleasantly surprised to discover the book to be fast paced and very witty start to finish. Although it is told from a 15 year olds perspective I would not recommend to teens that do not like a duly stories. There's a little language and a little violence and a small not very graphic sex scene - this book is suitable for adults and mature teens.

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    Jessica 12-19-16
    Jessica 12-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent narration"

    Usually I feel sort of ambivalent about the narrators, (unless they are really terrible!). In this case, however, the narrator really nailed it. A unique style and a great listen!

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    Mmitch 12-18-16
    Mmitch 12-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Really hard to get into"
    What would have made Where'd You Go, Bernadette better?

    Although I think the narrator tried to change her voice per character, there were so many characters to keep straight


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    none


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

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    unsure bc wasn't able to finish


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't finish book

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    Ammar 12-16-16
    Ammar 12-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Simple, eccentric, funny and frustrating"

    I have been meaning to meander away from the genre I usually read... which is, mystery murder thriller and yadayada, you catch my flow. This book had been making some waves. I heard something of a light version of Gone Girl mixed with comedic craziness and said, Well why not? It is written by Maria Semple, who also write for Arrested Development and some other shows and she has brilliantly crafted the book as series of documents, emails, text messages, journals etc. That was actually really fun to read (I tend to like epistolary forms and I would kind of refer to this as somewhat that with mixed media).

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It was witty, insightful, interesting and maybe perhaps a little scary because I find myself in the same place as the protagonist is when she is at the center of the novel. So this woman, Bernadette, a bright young architect who won a big grant but someone destroys her creation is twenty some years later a recluse who has outsourced her trip planning to Antarctica (a promise she needs to fulfil for her girl who has completed school with all A's) and finds herself in a convoluted mess the more she tries distancing herself from other moms and the society in general. We get a comedic glimpse of Seattle's suburbia, the people, the Microsoft culture, outsourcing your life to India for a few cents an hour and the difficulties of communication between someone who has been married for too long.

    Most of all, it is about being stuck in the past and not knowing how to rid yourself of it. It is about just ticking those days off the calendar, day by day, month by month and year by year. I understand being in this vicious cycle and being completely unable to break it. When a few small projects like going to the grocery store occupies the entire energy and concentration of the whole day.

    So far, I am loving it... but then I think of her husband and it reminds me of Torvald Helmer from A Doll's House that I read not so long ago. I mean Elgie is unbelievable if he is blind to the conditions they are living in. He is supposedly so brilliant (having the fourth viewed TED talk of all time, a fact that is repeated again and again by his star struck secretary Soo-Lin whom he manages to get pregnant (arrgggg))... and he is supposed to be intelligent! The tie with the Indian outsourcing, the Russian mafia and the FBI... a bit too much? Initially I thought that it was humorous in a noir comedic sense, building on the crescendo of the time when Elgie "intervenes" to get help for Bernadette and tries to "contain her".

    Except for B, their daughter, I don't think any of the characters are likeable even with the empathising factor that I share with Bernadette, and having this whole book revolving around her, she lacks some sort of depth that I cannot put my finger on. Also, she doesn't really disappear until ....well a good way past the halfway mark, so think of the first half as a build up... that . is . long . pretty . long .

    Overall, I am glad I read it. I don't think I would ever re read it though I would probably venture out on a limb here and say I would read the author's other works.

    For more of my reviews: https://zahraammar.wordpress.com

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    ladybug 12-16-16
    ladybug 12-16-16
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    "Love"

    I loved this book. Audible put it in my recommendations over and over for the longest time, but every time I looked at it I thought it seemed too weird or sad-soul-searchy or manufactured-feel-good or something. It was none of that. Instead it was hilarious, ridiculous sweet, and very silly. Highly recommend.

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    Annette Bradenton, FL, United States 12-14-16
    Annette Bradenton, FL, United States 12-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "what a fun ride"

    the best way to enjoy this book is definitely as an audio book. Kathleen Wilhoite is genius in her performance. Without her the book, in my opinion, would be only 2 dimensional.

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    Aimee Lucas 12-12-16
    Aimee Lucas 12-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Mind numbingly bad"
    Would you try another book from Maria Semple and/or Kathleen Wilhoite?

    I might try another book from narrator, Kathleen Wilhoite but certainly not another by author, Maria Semple. The story line is just plain stupid and annoying and to follow it by ping pong emails literally put the annoyance factor over the top. Maybe this was designed for a younger audience and I missed that somewhere ... I'm 46 and while I think I'm still relatively hip, I couldn't tolerate this. I stayed with it through hour 3 thinking, "surely it gets better with all these rave reviews," but nope ... never happened.


    Has Where'd You Go, Bernadette turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance?

    She was fine based on what she had to work with.


    What character would you cut from Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    Bernadette, Bee, the neighbor


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    Amazon Customer 12-10-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it. amazing narrator."

    Loved it. the narrator was awesome. great characters and plot. I would recommend it to anyone.

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    Terry P. Klein 12-08-16 Member Since 2002
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    "Loved this story!"

    Fun, fun, fun! Laughed out loud, giggled, chuckled. When Sue Lynn read the result of a very bad keyboard I had to stop sewing and just laugh!

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