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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Maria Semple

Narrated By: Kathleen Wilhoite

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: August 2012

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes


*Soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett*
A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.
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.


  • Tammi K.

    Loved this book! The narrator was fantastic!

  • Anonymous

    Loved the narration and thought she captured B's voice and emotion. This book was full of laughs as well as drama.. It was really well constructed. Loved the book!

  • Dora F.

    I liked the story in the beginning, then when I thought about what was this all about I really didn't like It. Self indulgence story. The narrator could tune down a bit the dramatization.

  • Janani M.

    great story and related to recent life

  • Kelly G.

    Great story, excellent narration!!

  • Carly K

    An absolute delight. I loved the characters; loved sweet B! I can't wait for the movie!

  • Jennifer H

    Book was engaging and well written. The narration was stellar!

  • Carissa Jackson

    Really enjoyed this book. Narrarator was awesome too!!! Highly recommend!

  • Jenny Folsom

    This is not my normal genre, I was not really a fan. I must be missing something because of other good reviews. It was very hard to get through.

  • Jennifer Staats

    Loved the book -- and loved the narrator even more. I cried when it was over, as I wanted it to keep going. This was terrific, funny, smart, fast-moving, and very well-written -- and yet I think the audio version is probably even better than the written version. A+!

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