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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,253 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781597105903
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Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin life anew. Though still dealing with her sorrow, Betta nonetheless is determined to find pleasure in her simple daily routines. Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the ten-year-old boy next door, three wild women friends from her college days with whom she reconnects, a young man who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome widower who is ready for love.

Elizabeth Berg’s The Year of Pleasures is about acknowledging the solace found in ordinary things: a warm bath, good food, the beauty of nature, music, and art. Above all, The Year of Pleasures is about the various kindnesses people can—and do—provide one another. Betta’s journey from grief to joy is a meaningful reminder of what is available to us all, regardless of what fate has in store. This exquisite book suggests that no matter what we lose, life is ready to give bountifully to those who will receive.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 2/20/2014

    " I really liked it although about a subject I really don't want to deal with! Loved the part where she reconnected with college friends. Sounds like a bunch of Wells girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Joyner | 2/8/2014

    " Dealing with grief leads a woman to discover the simple pleasures of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kathleen macdonald | 1/5/2014

    " this one surprised me...that I would be able to get into fiction and not deconstruct it in some way is very rare for me... I am lost in this book and I have yet to finish it because there is so much meaning in the story for me... I know not everyone would jive with Berg's writing, but for someone reason this book I 'get'. ...update: re-reading again...losing myself in the feelings it brings up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay Loughlin | 12/17/2013

    " A sweet story about love, grief and reconnecting with old friends "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 12/16/2013

    " Loved it - wonderful writing and great characters that you want to hear about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shinara | 12/16/2013

    " well...it was free and I needed something simple to read in a day while netflix was inaccessible. what can I say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 12/7/2013

    " This is my favorite (so far) of Elizabeth Berg's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliette Swett | 11/30/2013

    " This is one of those books that just stayed with me. It's about a newly widowed woman who is trying to reconnect with her friends after her husband passes away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 10/21/2013

    " It was OK. I kept waiting for some climatic moment that never really came and the ending seemed pretty predictable. I guess i just never warmed to the main character which made it less enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse Figuera | 9/15/2013

    " Not my favorite of hers..but still her, so I loved it enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Hood | 1/22/2013

    " Read this a while back, forgot how much I loved her writing and then rediscovered her again two more times. Berg writes such interesting people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maia | 10/15/2012

    " One of the better Elizabeth Berg titles: here, her trademark stream-of-consciousness (which she has a tendency to abuse, a la 'confessional' letter mode) works pretty well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kzab | 9/18/2012

    " I listened to the CD and would highly recommend this version. Thought-provoking and poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigett Carroll | 9/8/2012

    " Any thing that makes me sad and happy at the same time I will recommend. I always look forward to reading Elizabeth's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bachyboy | 8/9/2012

    " I thought I really liked this until about half way through when I began to tire of the schmaltzy woman who was finding it hard to adjust to being a widow. There were some interesting minor characters. Ok I guess. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendra | 8/5/2012

    " After just finishing one of Berg's other books, We Are All Welcome Here which I really enjoyed this was a big disappointment. I didn't even finish it because I just didn't care. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 6/10/2012

    " Although I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Berg, I found this story rather predictable and uninspiring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 3/15/2012

    " First, the title is a bald-faced lie. "Mourning My Dead Husband and Eating Gingerbread for Breakfast." that said, I'm sure that this book would be more appropriate for baby boomers, one of which I am not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline | 1/31/2012

    " Loved this book! Easy read, good story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raina | 1/29/2012

    " Picked this one up from the library yesterday afternoon and finished it this morning. I was sobbing by page 20 and didn't want to put it down for the night. It was a quick read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy anderson | 1/14/2012

    " Really liked this book. Another one of those books that you just want to share with someone so you can talk about it and some of the complexities and themes running through it. Women and the friends they make "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MavaMarie Vandervennet | 10/19/2011

    " I liked the book. Starting over is just part of the journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 4/1/2011

    " I love all the characters in the book. I gave it a 4-star rating because I felt the book really didn't bring all the ends together at the end. It seemed like the story needed a little more cohesion. It ended too soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wynne | 3/25/2011

    " A brainless story I listened to while in the hospital with John. It was a book I could have left unfinished. A story about a woman who is widowed at 50 and spends the next year trying to figure out how to navigate the world without her much loved husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/8/2011

    " comfy writing...quick read....good bed time novel. Could relate to the age and personality of the main character. Best thing about the book is her ability to describe and BE in the moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 3/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was very meaningful to me personally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim N | 2/28/2011

    " What a great story and so beautifully written. I love finding books like this where I just want to jump into the pages and become a part of the characters lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 2/23/2011

    " One of my all time favorite books by a wonderful author. The language, the feelings, the images are all perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/22/2011

    " A unique style of writing - face value, to the point, blunt, unforgiving. Love it. Makes you take stock of yourself in a way only Berg can manage without offending you as a reader or as a human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 2/17/2011

    " This is such a beautifully written account of a resilient woman's year of adventure after her beloved husband's death. Alternately heartrending and humorous... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 2/14/2011

    " So far my favorite Elizabeth Berg book! "

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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

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.