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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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  • Ashley
  • United States
  • 10-25-16

Ridiculous. Not in a cute way

This book is written in correspondence. It's beyond far fetched. I would not recommend it.

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  • Leah
  • Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
  • 10-22-16

I Hated to Have It End!

I'd suggest that you listen to this book, rather than read it. The narration is done so well in the audiobook that you can clearly 'get' Bernadette and truly enjoy the way she thinks and talks.. I fear if you were to read the book you may miss the nuance and perhaps find her to be too negative or full of complaints- when in reality what she says is HILARIOUS!.
This is ABSOLUTELY one of my favourite books. I envy anyone who has yet to listen to it.
Seriously, get this audible book.
You won't regret it.

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Fabulous

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The performance was absolutely amazing!! The characters have come to life in my head. Hoping this gets made into a movie!!!

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Gets better as it goes

Very enjoyable book. Excellent performance by Kathleen Wilhoite! One of the best! For me, the writing did not grab me immediately, but it got better as it went; by the Second half, I was all in. 

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My New Favorite Novel

Where to start?

Kathleen Wilhoite is talented narrator with a unique voice. I liked her interpretation of each character, each uniquely their own. Her rendition of Oh Holy Night was incredible! I was very surprised to hear her singing since this was a first for me in an audiobook.

As for Maria Semple's writing I am wowed! Her wit is contagious and you can really get in touch with the wacky characters. I'm not going to go on a whole tangent because I am going to write a full review on my website, but if you are on the fence about purchasing this audiobook just do it!! I am an interior architecture student which added another reason for me to love Bernadette.

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Amazing!

The performance of the reader was certainly my favorite but I really loved the story. So much fun to listen to.

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Good Story, Super Narrator

Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

Probably not...I'm a one-time listener

Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

Bea. Full of energy and enthusiasm and wonder.

Who was the most memorable character of Where'd You Go, Bernadette and why?

Bernadette...you never knew what she'd do next

Any additional comments?

Kathleen Wilhoite needs to narrate more books! She was fabulous

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Loved the book!

The only thing that bothered me was the reader saying "realator" instead of realtor. Pet peeve. Other than that, it was a delightful and enjoyable book.

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Slow at first but stay with it

At first I was not so interested in the slow narrative, but the story picks up soon after the first few letters and ends up being laugh out loud funny and also endearing.
A few unexpected twists and happy ending.

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Fantastic!

Wonderful, witty writing and a story that unfolds with twists and turns makes for an entrancing read. The narrator is one of the best I've heard. Her ability to produce different voices to uniquely differentiate each character is outstanding.