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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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    S Wilkey 08-25-16
    S Wilkey 08-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Somewhat anti-Christian, but a fun read"

    This is a really fun listen. The narrator didn't bug me very much which is pretty amazing for me. Although her accents were off a bit, her voice sounded age appropriate for each character.

    The actual book was just fun too. It had several F words, but no sex scenes (which I appreciated). The F words were used appropriately and not too much. The reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because there is a very anti-Christian feel to the book in some parts. I couldn't figure out what the author's position on Christianity was though. One of the main characters does have a bit of a "come to Jesus" moment, and the Christian antagonist gets a form of redemption in the end, but overall I felt like it made Christians look like hypocritical weirdos which bothered me a bit.

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    Scott Valley Village, CA, United States 08-20-16
    Scott Valley Village, CA, United States 08-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny with unexpected twists"

    Makes you belly laugh throughout and great sense of humor about the unexpected things life can throw at you

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    Hello World Tokyo 08-17-16
    Hello World Tokyo 08-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "From another Seattlite, perfection"

    The characterization of Seattle and people in Seattle was spot on, mocking but perfect. The only things missing were including complaints about new residents in the city, and CA and OR drivers. The battle against blackberries--oh man do I feel that pain! Goats and picks are indeed sometimes the best remedy.

    And, the story itself was at times dark, but fantastical. There are a few plot points that are highly unlikely, but that's what a novel is for :)

    Despite those moments, each character in the story is both are flawed and relatable. Making it a story you can get invested in and truly enjoy.

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    NutriGal Boston, Ma, United States 08-10-16
    NutriGal Boston, Ma, United States 08-10-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Performance is not great"

    This story is very entertaining but I personally found the performance to be a little off kilter- the reader has a particular way of speaking (not an accent, but a sort of way of pronouncing) that is distinct - and she doesn't seem to change tone of voice at all between characters which can make the book (which is not told sequentially and is from multiple points of view) difficult to follow. Overall nothing was bad, just not my favorite and I found the reading distracting.

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    Elizabeth 08-06-16
    Elizabeth 08-06-16
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    "Wacky but amazing listen! THIS is an audio book!"

    Now THIS is an audio book that's surpassing many I've listened to because the story really comes to life. It's like listening to a play. The voices! The singing (it's actually really cool when it happens and fits in). All narrated by one person!? Amazing! I had to return a recent audio book because the different characters were narrated by one monotone voice. THIS is an amazing listen. It's fun, quirky and a little wacky but intriguing and interesting story! I'm getting to the very end of the book and am dying to find out what happens. I had to write my review now because I'm that into this book. It's a lot of fun to listen to!

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    everkimyoung 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    This book is hilarious, quarky, warm and prickly at the same time. The narrator brings the characters to life. I loved this book and will be recommending and gifting it to my friends who can appreciate a dry sense of humor with a little snark mixed in.

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    RSS 08-03-16
    RSS 08-03-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Weird, but good."

    Weird, but good. I enjoyed it and will pursue books by this author in the future. I thought the narration was good, which is something I am usually critical of.

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    Amazon Customer 07-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "won't regret it"

    quickly got into the story. couldn't wait to find out what happened! I want to know where they go from here! how do they get back with dad and fit sue Lin into the mix.

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    Lisa 07-16-16
    Lisa 07-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it."

    Sweet, lighthearted and funny book. read it on vacation and thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be following this author more closely.

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    Melissa 07-14-16
    Melissa 07-14-16
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    "Bizarre"
    What was most disappointing about Maria Semple’s story?

    It spun in so many circles without much resolution, moms insane, house is decrepit, child is confused and lost. dad is busy and having a one night stand and all circles back to- thats completely fine?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathleen Wilhoite?

    The voice was hard to get used to.


    Was Where'd You Go, Bernadette worth the listening time?

    It kept me listening but ended very unsatisfyingly


    Any additional comments?

    The book DID keep me listening but I felt like it spun in circles, tangents, there were a lot of other stories under the surface that weren't touched on. Nice build, certainly made Bernadette seem insane, she disappears, oh here you are in Antarctica...totally normal, we'll just patch things up then- and a preggo assistant???

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