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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Audiobook

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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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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    Skater21 07-09-16
    Skater21 07-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A delight"

    This book is an utter delight. People of all ages will connect with the characters of this book. You will laugh as you wonder where Bernadette went. We all have interacted with the characters of this book in our real lives which is what makes this so incredibly funny and relatable. I would recommend this to women of all ages.

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    Wendy Mckay 07-09-16
    Wendy Mckay 07-09-16

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    "Really loved the narrator and the story was good"

    I would have given the book 5 stars but for the profanity. It was just too much. Lots of profanity in general but especially many F words that added nothing and distracted greatly especially when uttered by the young teen. With so many great ways to express oneself, I would have appreciated more creativity in the expression of the characters frustration. I would have recommended this to our book club but for that. It's too bad because I loved the story.

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    tessa 07-05-16
    tessa 07-05-16
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    "Good book, engaging story, wish someone else narrated"

    I was recommended this book by my brother in law, he said it was an amazing read that I HAVE to read it. Unfortunately I don't have time to sit down to read an actual book, so I invested in audible and I love it. Off topic. Any way, what I am getting at is, it was extremely difficult to get into this book completely at first because the voice was not something I could listen to for hours without turning it off, or getting distracted and tuning it out. I HIGHLY recommend listening to the sound clip first. With that being said, I think the story was great. Loved the plot and the characters. Would read another book by this author as long and the same woman doesn't narrate again.

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    Abe 07-01-16
    Abe 07-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional narration, entertaining story"

    The narration was nothing short of exceptional. Every character had a clearly different voice and personality that was so perfectly portrayed. Wow! The story was not full of laugh-out-louds like I was led to believe... Nonetheless, the characters were likeable, the story progressed well, and the plot had enough twists and turns to keep me fully entertained! Written in a letter-exchange style, it was clear that the letters went into far greater detail than any true letter would... But hey... Suspension of disbelief, and it paints great pictures in your head! Enjoyable.

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    Geraldine Anne Enrico 06-29-16
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    "Irked"

    i hated how this made it sound like Seattle was a terrible place to live.

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    Tracy Hoffmann Downingtown, PA USA 06-22-16
    Tracy Hoffmann Downingtown, PA USA 06-22-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Characters you almost wish you could hate"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Where'd You Go, Bernadette to be better than the print version?

    Probably. Kathleen Wilhoite does an amazing job of getting the tone of each character just right, from the naive B to the snarky school moms, Su-Lee and Audrey.


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

    These characters are just SOOO self absorbed, you want to hate them, but you wind up getting sucked into their stories and enjoying every over the top situation that leads to the mess they make of their lives.


    What about Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance did you like?

    Kathleen Wilhoite's performance actually saved this book from itself. Without her narration, these characters would have just been too much to take. Fortunately, the narration helped to give them the comic twist they needed and the whole story just rocked along.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I enjoyed listening in bits and pieces, because the story isn't linear, so it was just as enjoyable to come back to it at each listen and pick up a little more about each character.


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    Hayden Smiley 06-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great find"

    I randomly selected this book from its rave reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. I was looking for some good fiction and this book was great. The plot and characters are quirky and unique. I definitely recommend!

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    Jenna 06-17-16
    Jenna 06-17-16
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    "You'll get absolutely taken in."

    I was completely absorbed in the book from very early on. The telling of a story through letters and from the perspective of a young girl was so much fun, and the way the story kept building and unfolding was very well done. Absolutely recommend.

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    Kindle Customer 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Meh....."

    It started out o.k. Reading the epistolary format took some adjustment. I really liked the quirky, strange, and eccentric character Bernadette. Especially, when she writes a hilarious letter to her friend Paul describing Seattle. The author is super descriptive and at some points in the book it'a great. At other points in the books it's kind of like "ENOUGH ALREADY, get to the point." Overall, I like the creative way to book was formulated, the audio was great, the story not so much.

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    MJ_Green Dallas, TX USA 06-12-16
    MJ_Green Dallas, TX USA 06-12-16 Member Since 2007

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    "Thought provoking but narration lacking"

    Loved the realness of the characters but the narrator's infantile voices for women and girls made me crazy. Almost couldn't get past it but just when I was ready to return the book the characters and plot sunk the hook.

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