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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Semple, Maria (Audiobook CD - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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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.
Authors: Semple, Maria
Title: Where'd you go, Bernadette
[sound recording]
Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Audio, p2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 9.5 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Duration: 9:30:00.
Compact disc.
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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.
Local Note: 18 53 56 61 67 76 80 81 109 112 118 133 148 167 172 175 182 210 216 222 242 243 244 245 263
Additional Contributors: Wilhoite, Kathleen 1964-
Alternate Title: Where did you go, Bernadette
ISBN: 9781478977353
Statement of Responsibility: Maria Semple
Performers: Read by Kathleen Wilhoite.
Subject Headings: Mothers and daughters Fiction. Antarctica Fiction. Phobias Fiction. Missing persons Fiction. Women architects Washington (State) Seattle Fiction.
Genre/Form: Audiobooks.
Domestic fiction.
Topical Term: Mothers and daughters
Phobias
Missing persons
Women architects
Publisher No: 2-00735
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Aug 12, 2014
  • ashaiovin10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I adored this book! You simply MUST read this book if you've ever lived in Seattle, visited Seattle, or heard of Seattle.

Feb 08, 2014
  • christy115 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is like listening to really stupid, crazy people complain all day. Every character except B is someone you would avoid in any social situation. As an architect, it is clear the author has little understanding of architecture. As a mother living on Queen Anne Hill all of the other parents I have met in this neighborhood are thoughtful, grounded parents, far from the characters in this book. Is seems more like something that would take place in New Jersey rather than Seattle.

Jan 08, 2014
  • Sythia_C rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I can definitely see how the author was a writer on Arrested Development. The story and characters are sometimes over the top, but so funny and told in such an engaging way.
Normally I hate it when a narrator tries different voices for different characters, but this one was fantastic.

Oct 06, 2013
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Truly the best audiobook I've ever listened to and the narrator gave me chills during Bee's visit to the Christmas program. I could listen to that narrator read the phone book. The actual story is a grandiose 5! I completely fancy all the characterization throughout this novel. On top of all that's great about this novel; it is laugh out loud funny throughout!

Sep 23, 2013
  • samdog123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this quirky title! The story involves unique family living in Seattle. Bernadette, the Mother, is a brilliant, nationally recognized architect, who has retreated from life after a huge career disappointment. Her husband, Elgee, is consumed with his work at "MS" or Microsoft. The daughter, Bee, survived a serious childhood illness. When events in Bernadette's life spiral out of control, she disappears. The story is told from Bee's perspecative, going back through her Mother's email communications. A very unique storyline and one I'd highly recommend to others.

Sep 17, 2013
  • karabrooks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book. Read it in a day, couldn't put it down. I get why people say this is a funny book, and it certainly is at times, but to me, this book was pretty tragic. I definitely relate a little too much to the misanthropic Bernadette.

Aug 28, 2013
  • MargoBarron rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very funny. Taking place mostly in Seattle made it especially entertaining.

Jun 30, 2013
  • SuzeParker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Semple's satirical rendering of Seattle's elite is pretty much pure fun (and lots of funny). It's an upbeat "everything that could go wrong did" book that manages to be hopeful, too.

Jun 29, 2013
  • KSerá rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very funny at times, and always amusing.

Dec 02, 2012
  • mpfickes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

As rich as a Fran's Gold Bar or a finely crafted micro-brew, this comic family drama is full of adroit observations about a certain type of instantly recognizable "upper left corner" dweller (you Subaru driving, Trader Joe's shopping, Gore-tex wearing "folks" will know who you are). Read with swell panache in the audio version.

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Feb 27, 2013
  • APlazek rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is one of the quirkiest books of the year. It is a satire of the rich and the lifestyles of Seattle and Microsoft, but is dead on funny. Told through the voice of Bernadette's teenage daughter Bee (short for Balashnika) and vairous e-mails, text messages and other communications. Hysterical!

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