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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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    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

    Mom on a mission

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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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    sahily 06-02-16
    sahily 06-02-16
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    "Amazing read!"

    This is the best book I have read in a long time. I was hooked the entire time and was sad for it to end.

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    pe934 Ashland, KY, United States 05-30-16
    pe934 Ashland, KY, United States 05-30-16 Member Since 2013

    I am a salesperson on the road everyday, mother of 2 grown children. Happily married

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    "So funny"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and brightened my day when I listened

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    Amanda R. Lombardi New Jersey 05-26-16
    Amanda R. Lombardi New Jersey 05-26-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Beautifully done!"

    I absolutely adored this book. I loved that Bernadette was an architect I really felt her reasonings for things she did. I love the way they story was told in letters, blogs and so on. I'm glad it ended the way it did and didn't leave us with an unknown cliffhanger. I LOVED that the narrator is Luke's sister Liz from Gilmore girls!

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    Lisa L. Schweizer 05-24-16
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    "So negative!"

    This book was so negative. Depressing. Not worth your time. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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    Olivia Rohde Cleveland 05-24-16
    Olivia Rohde Cleveland 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not What I'd Usually Go For"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I have recommended it to my family and friends because it was a literary journey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is broken up between various media. I.e. Emails, texts, etc. This gives the story an additional interest that isn't always there in contemporary writing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes all involved Bernadette going off on various people. Her anger and emotion was raw and easy to understand in most situations, although it was ridiculous all the same.


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

    When Bee realized that her mother would always be there for her, that really hit home.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not usually a chick-lit/contemporary reader, but this book was so great to listen to, I've picked up many more books like it since I've finished it.

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    Annie's mom 05-23-16
    Annie's mom 05-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliantly written"

    This type of humor if not my thing, but I appreciate the brilliance of the author.

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    john 05-21-16
    john 05-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    I absolutely loved it. was a funny sweet mystery. loved her ability to capture
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