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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Soon to be a major film starring Cate Blanchett

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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Good performance but gets overdramatized & loud

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The dramatization makes the listening enjoyable and the story less monotonous but to put it mildly it gets really over-dramatized at times (often) which is not very convenient if you are using earplugs. It literally hurt my eardrums and I had to keep adjusting the volume back and forth which got annoying after a while.But I wouldn't have read this book if it wasn't for this audio format, so I'm glad for that.

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  • Valerie
  • 21/08/2012

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.

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  • barbara
  • 18/10/2012

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

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  • Phyllis
  • 30/08/2012

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.
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.

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  • Lorna
  • 27/08/2012

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!

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  • Caroline M Bruce
  • 19/07/2017

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

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  • Amanda
  • 03/09/2012

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28/03/2020

Good story irritating performance

The reader makes Bernadette, a true introvert if ever there was one, sound like a preppy extrovert, all exclamations and gush, especially in her letters.

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  • Martin Hurley
  • 08/03/2019

slow start and then couldn't stop

After the first little bit I listened to, I wasnt sure I was going to continue but glad I did!

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  • naomi
  • 08/10/2018

Such annoying narration it ruined the book

The book is composed of fictional letters, emails and diary entries surrounding the titular character, a severely agoraphobic middle-aged woman. It takes a humorous approach that is utterly destroyed by the children's tv style performance by the reader. The childs voice is particularly grating, and takes most of the liability of the character away.

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  • Jorge
  • 07/10/2017

just could not finish it

Good performance, but I just could not finish listening to it. It was supposed to be funny, but I did not even smile once.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 25/12/2019

Great!!!

Wow! Such an interesting story, not boring at all, captivating and surprising until the end!!!
Great reader too!

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  • "lebasir"
  • 31/10/2018

Verschwendetes Guthaben

Hab es nur dank langer Autofahrt bis zum Ende angehört, musste mich aber richtig zwingen. Extrem langweilige und absolut nicht lustige Geschichte.