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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,497 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597100274
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It begins with the sudden revelation of astonishing secrets—secrets that have shaped the personalities and fates of three siblings, and now threaten to tear them apart. In renowned author Elizabeth Berg’s moving new novel, unearthed truths force one seemingly ordinary family to reexamine their disparate lives and to ask themselves: Is it too late to mend the hurts of the past?

Laura Bartone anticipates her annual family reunion in Minnesota with a mixture of excitement and wariness. Yet this year’s gathering will prove to be much more trying than either she or her siblings imagined. As soon as she arrives, Laura realizes that something is not right with her sister. Forever wrapped up in events of long ago, Caroline is the family’s restless black sheep. When Caroline confronts Laura and their brother, Steve, with devastating allegations about their mother, the three have a difficult time reconciling their varying experiences in the same house. But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness.

Readers have come to love Elizabeth Berg for the “lucent beauty of [her] prose, the verity of her insights, and the tenderness of her regard for her fellow human” (Booklist). In The Art of Mending, her most profound and emotionally satisfying novel to date, she confronts some of the deepest mysteries of life, as she explores how even the largest sins can be forgiven by the smallest gestures, and how grace can come to many through the trials of one.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 2/13/2014

    " I listened to an audio version - was quite pleased. Thoughtfully written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly L. | 2/9/2014

    " This is a quick, pleasant book to read. It talks about the relationships within families and their impact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/8/2014

    " Not a very happy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adelaide | 1/28/2014

    " An abusive mother...a forgiving adult child !!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mirah W | 1/25/2014

    " Not too bad...Berg writes good stories about women and their trials/tribulations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patti | 1/23/2014

    " EH. wasn't sad it was over, just happy to complete another novel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Schalleen Connelly | 1/15/2014

    " Enjoyed this very much. Made me think of the relationships in my family and how there is hope for things to change. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/14/2014

    " I have not read a book by Berg before and it sounds like she has written some good books. My overall analysis of this book plays on the bizarre behavior of the Mother. I do not have a personal relationship to the loss of a child but I am the child of someone who gave up two children. In no way did my Mother (who bore those scars forever) end up treating subsequent children with such malice. I understand that Berg is playing out a role in this story, but I don't need to mesmerize myself in such disassociation with the inability or need to get personal help before she totally cripples a child. I also felt the ending was too trite. Okay, you have given me the chance to forgive you so I can now move on to a normal life and go shopping with no thought to my ruined marriage or what I must have done to my spouse. It can't be that smooth or done in one sentence. AND I believe we women have more to offer life than to go shopping! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jo Spinelli | 1/14/2014

    " Started to read then realized I had already read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominque | 1/6/2014

    " It was so good and kept me on my toes! I was able to relate to it completely and cried at the end. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 12/18/2013

    " It was okay. No grab a hold of you and you can't put this book down. It was conversational style and easy to read just a couple pages and pick it up again later. Not a favorite though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryann | 12/14/2013

    " I enjoyed this audiobook, but I wasn't amazed. It was about a seemingly normal but secretly disfunctional family and sibling relationships. Being an only child and having a good relationship with my parents, I couldn't relate but I did find it interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Entringer | 12/10/2013

    " This book read like a minister's sermon; a main theme punctuated by short, supporting narratives. I loved it! A wonderful story of family, forgiveness, and healing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 11/23/2013

    " read with the book club...engendered some discussion but I can't remember much else months later "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Parsons | 11/22/2013

    " Like the main character, I went through the book thinking "WHAT?" Too subtle. Unrewarding conclusion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donne | 9/15/2013

    " A real light read. I could hardly pick it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hollie | 9/30/2012

    " Ok. Not a bad story. Pretty typical and expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie Kelly | 7/9/2012

    " Listened to this book in audio form. Enjoyed it. First exposure to Elizabeth Berg. Easy to "read"/follow and kept my interest. Nothing intellectual or indepth about her writing style or the subject, but a nice way to occupy the mind while driving! Obviously, better than texting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele Finnell | 4/18/2012

    " Good story but a bit disturbing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Foley | 2/16/2012

    " Great book, written wonderfully. Was really hard to put down as the story just draws you in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 10/11/2011

    " Would've been a 5 but I didn't enjoy the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Lilja | 7/16/2011

    " I posted the title quote on my profile page. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/20/2010

    " Elizabeth Berg is an amazing writer. I really enjoyed reading this book. She is great at character development and no one is one dimensional. I am excited to read more of her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marita | 6/3/2010

    " I always ment to suggsest this to our book club, but never got around to it. It would make an excallent spring reding, when everybody is heading to their family reunions. Thought provoking book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Filkins | 4/22/2010

    " on my top 10.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 8/11/2009

    " Just an excellent, satisfying novel of family relationships "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg, the author of three New York Times bestsellers, won the NEBA Award for her body of work and was an ABBY Award finalist for her book Talk before Sleep. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, and the New York Times. Berg also teaches writing workshops at Radcliffe College.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.