The Year of Pleasures

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Elizabeth Berg

Narrated By: Sandra Burr

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: May 2005

Duration: 8 hours 10 minutes


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.


  • Angelika T

    What I liked was how E Berg described the loss and the loneliness after becoming a widow. I liked the character and the idea of starting a new life. It does help to be financially set up like the book character, definitely would have been a different story if the widow would have been not so wealthy. However the story became unbelievable when she meets the widower, what she did then was very out of character for her and somehow seemed not very likely. Therefore only three stars.

  • Elizabeth Cook

    I have read other books by Elizabeth Berg that I really liked and found to be moving and thoughtful (Talk Before Sleep, Durable Goods). Not so with this novel. While I found Berg's characters interesting, some of their actions were not believable. I wish the husband had lived. He was one of the most interesting characters. The plot was trite and predictable. I also found the narrator's voice to be annoying after several minutes of listening. I was very disappointed in this light weight novel.

Year of Pleasures

by Elizabeth Berg

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Year of Pleasures, Elizabeth Berg