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Publisher's Summary

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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stellar narration

what an oddball book! I enjoyed it a bunch tho. the narrator is veeeery talented

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surprise

loved it. was expecting a mystery... instead a comedy about social class, and interactions through the lens of a girl and correspondences.

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Lovely, Light, and Loony

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I am glad I followed my instincts to download this one. Where'd You Go, Bernadette was a breath of fresh air (or to reference the book, a neti pot irrigation). This is the kind of book I long to listen to after a series of long or dense books. It had been patiently waiting in my library until I needed it. Maria Semple's writing hit the spot.

I am guessing most audible listeners respond, as I do, with unexpected delight when authors include small details that resonate with their world. There were many in Where'd You Go, Bernadette for me. I enjoyed the familiar and the highlighting of how individuals' perceptions differ. Even better was that those who were deluded saw the light. Kathleen Wilhoite did an exceptional job carrying the feeling tone of the characters. Her portrayal of Bee sounded younger than her years, but this was not a problem as her narration supported the story unfolding.

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So glad I purchased this book

What made the experience of listening to Where'd You Go, Bernadette the most enjoyable?

Kathleen Wilhoite's performance. Hands down.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bernadette and Bee. Bernadette was misunderstood and always interesting. Bee had a great personality, knew what was going on and wasn't afraid to stand for what she believed.

What does Kathleen Wilhoite bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voices. She was able to capture the voices exactly how I could have imagined and it only helped me to be able to picture the story, characters and events that took place.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

absolutely, you'll have to read to know!

Any additional comments?

It was wonderful.

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What an adventue!

6 stars for Kathleen Wilhoite! She is an amazing narrator and she brings this book to life in a fantastic way. The story is written in the form of letters, emails, notes and commentary which gives an insight into the minds and moods of the characters in a refreshing way. It's funny, sad, obscure and imaginative, but all the way it has a feel-good sense to it. I loved it.

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Super Exciting

Didn't want to stop listening. It took a minute to get used to the narration but the story was engaging.

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excellent story, great book, amazing recording

I am very glad i was able to listen to this audio book. Great book, excellent story, and amazing recording. I am looking forward to read or listen more written by Maria Semple.

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  • Colleen
  • Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 02-15-17

You won't be disappointed with this one!

Bernadette is super wacky but loveable, and completely misunderstood by all who know her or think they know her.
Her husband is a revered guru at "Mr Softie" but a non-performer in their home lives.
They are transplanted LA'rs living among hi strung granola crunchers in Seattle. The story centers around their daughters private high school and their relationships with the other parents.
You also get an inside look at corporate life at the headquarters campus of Microsoft.
The story is filled with quirky but believable characters.
The author very deftly unfolds the story of how each family member came to be where they are now in their lives and then ties the story up in a very fresh unexpected manner. No spoiler alert here!
My attention was held throughout the book and was captivated with each reveal, both the good ones and the bad ones. You go Bernadette!
I look forward to reading much more by Maria Semple

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  • Beth
  • Milwaukee
  • 02-15-17

Best book in ages

Wish all books I've listened to were this enjoyable. Story is original, engaging and well written. Kathleen Wilhoite did a fantastic job reading, so much so that I will now seek out books that she has narrated. I don't like to write reviews if that gives an idea how much I enjoyed this.

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Delightful

A fun and entertaining book. The audio book version is very well performed and engaging.