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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

Booktrack Edition
Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!*

A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.

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 listenable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.  

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2012 Maria Semple (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"[A] cracklingly smart family dramedy.... [I was] stunned and transported by this extraordinarily powerful and intelligent novel."(Lev Grossman, Time)

"Intertwined with the funny stuff is the heartfelt story of a personal crisis of a creative talent who's slipped off the rails.... Bernadette's journey is fresh, funny, and thought provoking." (Anne Payne, The Florida Times-Union)

"Semple's epistolary novel satirizes Seattle, Microsoft, helicopter parents, the elite, and the overeducated - while revealing truths about family, genius, ambition, and resilience." (Gillian Flynn, GQ)

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Confusing for a bit at first, but really cute.

Confusing for a bit at first, but really fun, and cutely read.
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  • Sandee
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  • 01-13-19

delightful story through artifacts

delightful and unique. kept me captured great story revealed through artifacts. excellent narration as well

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really liked

I do wish it had tied up better at the end, but I was really unable to tear myself away from time to time.

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Love. This. Book! The narration is perfection.

This book was recommended by word of mouth and I just listened to it for a second time. I relished it throughout all over again. It's a great mix of snarky humour, characters you'd love to know in real life, plot intrique. Leaves you with a smile on your face wanting more. LOVE this narrator (remembered her from TV/movies). Can't praise her enough. perfect interpretation of the cast of characters.

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Great book

I love the book that was great listen To while I my ceramics. It was funny witty I recommend it

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You won’t see it coming

The first few chapters take a bit to get into, but then it picks up. By about half way through it will be hard to stop listening. The plot twists are unique and the characters are engaging. Skip the booktracks version though, the music distracts from the narrator in many places.

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Where or Where did she go?

Kathleen did a great job at changing her voice for the different characters, she had an easy voice to listen to. Story kept me listening. I liked the twists.

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Love it!

I absolutely loved this book and reccomend it! I hope this author and reader have done more.

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I just did not get it

just a lot of information and no where to go with it. I did not identify with any character.

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An Adventure

well written and well performed. It was a fast listen because it was so good!