Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple audiobook

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

By Maria Semple
Read by Kathleen Wilhoite

Little, Brown & Company 9780316204279
9.58 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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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 fifteen-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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2012 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

Finalist for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction

A USA Today bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

An iBooks bestseller

A London Guardian Pick of 10 Runaway Mothers in Fiction

BuzzFeed Books Pick of 19 Books to Read before the Movie Comes Out

A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year for Fiction

A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book

Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book

Winner of a 2013 YALSA Alex Award

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A 2012 BookPage Best Book

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 fifteen-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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The characters in Where’d You Go, Bernadette may be in real emotional pain, but Semple has the wit and perspective and imagination to make their story hilarious. I tore through this book with heedless pleasure.” Jonathan Franzen, New York Times bestselling author
An uproarious comedy of manners People magazine
“You don’t have to know Seattle to get Maria Semple’s broadly satirical novel…Underlying the nontraditional narrative are insights into the cost of thwarted creativity and the power of mother-daughter bonds, although a reader may be having too much fun to notice.” O, The Oprah Magazine
A delightfully funny book, that constantly catches one by surprise, Where'd You Go, Bernadette combines a shrewdly observed portrait of Seattle-life with, of all things, a mysterious disappearance in Antarctica. A pleasure. Matthew Kneale, author of When We Were Romans
“[A] divinely funny, many-faceted novel.” New York Times
Semple's snappy writing and spot-on humor make this one of the funniest beach reads of the summer. Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Delightfully droll…[Semple] cuts a wry slice of a life-one that’s populated by private school helicopter parents, obsessively ecoconscious neighbors, and green-juice swilling, TED-talking husbands—and one that’s sharp enough to make us feel slightly relieved about not having to live anywhere quite so bucolic.” Vogue
[A] high-energy, often hilarious epistolary novel. Seattle Magazine
“A modern-day comic caper full of heart and ingenuity.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Utterly delightful…That rare good read that actually makes you feel good at the end.” Christian Science Monitor
“Semple pokes fun at the Pacific Northwest as only a Seattleite can…Under the guise of a hilarious romp, Semple explores the universal questions of why we do what we do and love what we love to some sweet and unexpected ends.” Booklist (starred review)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette is fresh and funny and accomplished, but the best thing about it was that I never had any idea what was going to happen next. It was a wild ride... Kate Atkinson, author of Case Histories and Started Early, Took My Dog
Maria Semple dissects the gory complexities of familial dysfunction with a deft and tender hand. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a triumph of social observation and black comedy by a skillful chronicler of moneyed malaise. Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers
If you read only one book this summer about an agoraphobic mother and her broken promise to take her daughter Bee on a trip to Antarctica, make it this one....Semple writes like an oversized plume, finding all your tickle spots with ease. Holley Simmons, Washington Post Express
A delightfully funny book, that constantly catches one by surprise, Where'd You Go, Bernadette combines a shrewdly observed portrait of Seattle-life with, of all things, a mysterious disappearance in Antarctica. A pleasure. Matthew Kneale, author of When We Were Romans
It was only a matter of time before Maria Semple turned her hilariously wicked, razor-sharp, acid-etched humor loose on Seattle, and set her impeccable laser sights on the heart of Microsoft. At times a tears-to-your-eyes laugher that skewers my own home town (and quite possibly my own mother), Where'd You Go, Bernadette is also a compassionate look at family dysfunction, the paralysis of genius, and good old-fashioned parental love. Cleverly constructed and brilliantly executed, Semple has driven this one home with great authority, and has proven, once again, that she ranks among contemporary literature's finest satirists. Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
With a sure feel for the screwball and the slapstick, Maria Semple deliciously sends up the privileged, overachieving, PC world of Emerald City. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a crazy quilt of an epistolary novel, utterly contemporary yet pleasingly old-fashioned, and always light and witty. Stewart O'Nan, author of The Odds
“A cleverly constructed Internet-age domestic comedy…Sharply witty.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by Marianne 9/13/2017
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Hilarious and Endearing

Bee is an overachieving middle-schooler with brilliant parents. Her father, Elgin, is a project manager at Microsoft, overseeing the development of, well, a robotic, mind-reading band-aid. Her mother, Bernadette, the recipient of a MacArthur genius grant, is an elegant, burned-out, Pacific Northwest-hating architect. Dysfunctional yet endearing, Bee, Elgin, and Bernadette set the stage for this enjoyable novel, which follows Bee and her investigation into Bernadette's disappearance, who has vanished from a cruise ship bound for Antarctica. Told through a series of emails, faxes, and letters, sprinkled here and there with Bee's own narrative, the novel is entirely original. The form is unique but not gimmicky, the characters fresh, strange, and believable—expertly balancing the mundane and absurd. Though the text doesn't lend itself to narration, Kathleen Wilhoite effortlessly transcends this challenge, making for a fantastic listen. Highly recommended.
by Lauren 9/13/2017
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Fun read!

Nothing like what I expected! I really enjoyed this – as much for the writing as for the narration. Heavy with satire and using a great mix of storytelling styles (a big part is told through letters and emails), this story gives you characters that are just fun to read. Really well narrated and the story is witty and goofy in the best way, with a healthy dose of emotion and family drama thrown in. I’d definitely recommend it, especially in audio – actually I have a hard time imagining it as entertaining in any other format. It left me wanting to hang out with lovably crazy Bernadette, and spunky Bee. Worth a listen!

Author

Author Bio: Maria Semple

Author Bio: Maria Semple

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine, Today Will Be Different, and the New York Times bestseller Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Before turning to fiction, she wrote for Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 9.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English