Written By: Maria Semple

Narrated By: Kathleen Wilhoite

Date: August 2012

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes


A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this 'whip-smart and divinely funny' novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).

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 her best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette vanishes. It all 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, and secret correspondence -- creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Laurel P.

    Loved it!

  • Kristen F.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, fun read!

  • Nathalie S.

    Eh. Story gets a little wacky at the end. Had some good potential there but idk didn't do it for me. The narrator is very talented though.

  • Melissa M.

    Such a great and unique book, I would recommend to any mom out there

  • Sandra T.

    Good story, great characters, & interesting site locations. Narrator did great job of so many voices!

  • Anonymous

    Grate book I love this book so much

  • Janet D.

    Great book. The narrator was annoying when reading.

  • 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+!

  • Kristen Favreau

    Loved this! Was so excited to resume it each time. Very clever and compelling.

  • Kathy Keil-Rogers

    If you love the oddest of characters that inhabit the earth then you will love and appreciate this book, I do and I did!!

  • sandra manzella

    This book was fun! The characters are zany and great.

  • amanda rosenberger

    At first it is hard to get into the story since it is mostly correspondence from one character to another. But, once you get into the story it makes sense. The narrator was excellant. She was a master at using different voices. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the reading

  • Linda Sampson

    Loved it. Laughed a lot. My book club enjoyed it immensely.

  • John True

    Not my usual kind of book.. but I got hooked and couldn't stop listening!

  • Jessica Foster

    This was a very interesting book! the characters were well htought out, and as a Seattle transplant I found myself laughing out loud at some of Bernadette's critiques of the city.

  • Jennifer budde

    Funny, original story with great characters. Takes a little while to get into since most of it is told through correspondence, but all the set up pays off in the end.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

by Maria Semple

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