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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Audiobook

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Publisher's Summary

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend, and quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's place in the world.

©2012 Maria Semple (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Jane 08/06/2013
    Jane 08/06/2013
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    "Giggles!"

    Haven't enjoyed a work of fiction so much in a very long time. I was tossing up btw buying the paper book and the audio version and ultimately went with the audio version due to time and space constraints. I'm so glad I did - Kathleen's narration is just brilliant; really brought so much life and energy to an already very funny story. Really really enjoyed it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Brown UK 12/08/2017
    Charlotte Brown UK 12/08/2017 Member Since 2017

    books -coffee- wine -roaring fire

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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, insightful and touching.


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

    I loved the school pick up and drop off scenes and all the insightful life observations by Bea


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of them so much going on.


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

    The end without giving anything away.


    Any additional comments?

    Both story and narrator excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Po Stoneman uk 18/05/2017
    Po Stoneman uk 18/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Amusing"

    Quite funny and does make me think about how we see other people. Great narrative

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    Clare Campbell Edinburgh 31/03/2017
    Clare Campbell Edinburgh 31/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Truly Delightful!"

    Well read, great characterisation, and a charmingly quirky story. I loved it from beginning to end!

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    claire 13/12/2016
    claire 13/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Sadly unlistenable"

    This may be a good book. Unfortunately I was prevented from finding out by the shrill, over- excitable narration. This rapidly became unbearable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Prof lancs 22/08/2016
    Prof lancs 22/08/2016 Member Since 2015

    wigandude

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    "Awesome"

    Simply marvellous. Beautifully written exploration of modern life, the joys and heartaches of family, redemption and the experience of taking a road less travelled. Enjoyed every second and will explore the authors other works. But a special gold star for the narrator who brought this all to life, she really did sing for her supper on this one and, as the tears rolled down my cheeks in the denouement I applauded her in the car!! Highly recommended.

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    Emily 06/07/2015
    Emily 06/07/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable"

    Slow to get going but very entertaining and lovely. Accents often irritating and the non US ones truly terrible

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    Kirsten 13/06/2015
    Kirsten 13/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic story!"

    This is one of the best books i've ever read. It's so happy! A whole life opened up to you by mails and notes, it's incredibel!

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    Mrs 11/06/2014
    Mrs 11/06/2014 Member Since 2017
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    "Nice story"
    Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

    No it is not that good


    What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to, and why?

    Gone girl similar theme


    What about Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance did you like?

    Not too dramatic to the extent that some American readers are


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Valerie
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    21/08/12
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    "If you like the genre, this is first rate"

    The primary narrator is a kid (mid teens). Significant parts of the story come in via emails from her mother, and from parents from her school. So I suppose it's partly a family drama and partly teen fiction, and it's an epistolatory novel. There's drama, back stabbing, infedelity and other bad behaviour, but also redemption for everyone - it has a happy ending. If you can stand all of that, this one is the best I've read in a long time. Very nicely done.

    The narrator is good and the book is well served by her ability to differentiate accents, ages and tones of voice. I can't help mentioning that her attempt at a kiwi accent made me wince, but then I'm a kiwi and I know the difference. Probably if you come from anywhere else in the world you won't be bothered and it's a very small part of the book anyway. I'm impressed enough by her abilities to have already looked up other books she's narrated.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • barbara
    Kallaroo, Australia
    18/10/12
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    "Funny and enchanting"
    What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    I loved the description of living in "Microsoft world" some parts made me laugh out loud.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the story was written through the eyes of a fifteen year old girl


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

    Just has to be Bee


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Phyllis
    JerusalemIsrael
    30/08/12
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    "What a wonderful book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Where'd You Go, Bernadette to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was much more fun than reading it -- the reader(s?) was modulation heaven -- fab


    What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

    I have enjoyed many books but few surface to the top of the list like this one -- Fredrick and Fredirika; Life Expectancy all had Pat Conroy -level images.<br/> This is brilliantly written with meaningful imagry that congured up the scene in fulll technicolor


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a mother who juggles the frustrations and rewards of life and home and career and creativity -- this is a great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    27/08/12
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    "Whacky and Crazy!"

    Whacky and crazy story.. at times a little disjointed, but all in all a fun listen. I can say that I would rather have downloaded something with a litt more substance.. but hey.. that's how it goes!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Doreen, Australia
    03/09/12
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    "Didn't grab me at all"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    although the narration performance was good, for me this book was a waste of 10 or so hours. The story line imo was very weak and I found it very difficult to concentrate on listening to it. In fact I found myself drifting way off where the story was so boring. Very disappointing. This is the first book that I haven't enjoyed on Audible.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The room


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Wilhoite’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    absolutely not


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline M Bruce
    19/07/17
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    "Terrible narration ruined the entire book"

    I could not even admire the story line the narration was so annoying and badly read the characters came across as imbeciles

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parinitha P.
    18/05/17
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    "So much fun!"

    It was chaotic, messy and I loved it! The voices that Kathleen Wilhoite made for certain characters was amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matan Poreh
    Israel
    03/07/15
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    "Real touching story with just the right amount humor"

    Kathleen does a wonderful job voice acting all the characters . Taking you through this wonderful story of a dis functional yet all-American family

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watch collector, Norway
    27/04/14
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    "Interesting, funny and a nice guide to Seattle!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is written in great and intellectual way. The characters are interesting. They develop through the story. I didn't expcet the transformations that some of them went through. I like to be surprised like that when reading a book. I like the way the main character is portrayed as having flaws of her own in spite of arguably being the "good guy" in the story. A lot humorous moments through out the book, but also more sad ones, especially those related to the illness of the main character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both perhaps, bust mostly laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely recommend this book, which is written by an intelligent author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hfrances
    California usa
    19/06/13
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    "Funny, mysterious, heartbreaking, thoughtful"
    What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    The narration. Kathleen Wilhoite adjusts her voice subtly to project the individuality of all the characters - Bee's Dad, the annoying admin, Bernadette, even the bureacratic psychiatrist. In a book that is full of great dialogue, the narrator made it easy to know exactly who was talking at any time - without having to rewind and check. Her narration created the characters for me and made me want to know what would happen to them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be the daughter Bee. She is fiercely protective of her mother and at the same time yearning to explore the world. She is smart, funny and insightful even in the middle of a crisis. When no one else believes that her Mother is still alive - Bee stands by her and commits everything to finding her. She ignores the obvious faults of her mother's personality and just revels in her Mother's company.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Wilhoite’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me laugh all the time. Bernadette's withering assessments of the "nats" are worth reading this book alone. The emails between her and her virtual assistant are delightful. I don't think I cried but I was very moved by Bee's commitment to her Mother and need to find her.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably the best audiobook I have read. Often, because I listen to short bursts in the car it is hard to keep up with all the strands of a plot and the characters. The narration made all the voices distinctive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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