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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A Novel
Semple, Maria (Downloadable Audiobook - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Semple, Maria
Title: Where'd you go, Bernadette
a novel
[downloadable audiobook]
Publisher: [North Kingstown] : AudioGO, 2012
Characteristics: 1 sound file (9 hr., 36 min., 21 sec.) :,digital
Statement of Responsibility: Maria Semple
Notes: "Sound Library"--Container
Duration: 09:36:21
Unabridged
Spoken audio file that can be listened to on a portable device
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. 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.
Additional Contributors: Wilhoite, Kathleen 1964-, Narrator
OverDrive, Inc
Alternate Title: Where did you go, Bernadette
ISBN: 1619691116
9781619691117
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable audiobook
Playtime: 093621
Performers: Read by Kathleen Wilhoite.
System Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web
Requires OverDrive Media Console (WMA file size: 138047 KB)
Subject Headings: FICTION / General bisacsh Mothers and daughters Fiction Antarctica Fiction Phobias Fiction Missing persons Fiction Women architects Washington (State) Seattle Fiction
Genre/Form: Downloadable audiobook
Downloadable audio books
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: FICTION General
Mothers and daughters
Phobias
Missing persons
Women architects
Additional Physical Form Entry: Source record: Semple, Maria. Where'd you go, Bernadette. Unabridged. [North Kingstown, R.I.] : AudioGO, [2012], p2012 9781619691117 (OCoLC)802279884
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Oct 19, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Random, quirky and a lot of fun. Embrace the over-the-top storyline and enjoy the adventurous tale.

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.

May 13, 2014
  • JensPicks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great read! loved the characters, the plot, the setting, the story! It was not a simplistic chic read which is what I was expecting. Much more complex and layered! Loved it!

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.

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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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