Happiness for Beginners

  • by Katherine Center
  • Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
  • 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this exuberant novel, a thirtysomething-year-old woman embarks on a wilderness survival course and discovers that sometimes you have to leave things behind in order to find yourself.
A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It's supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother's even more annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can't imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen's well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming, where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.
Yet despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen's own little life seem bigger, too. And somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Hard to get through.

The narrating and voices were like nails on a chalkboard to me- very difficult to enjoy. The book was also so fluffy and unrealistic that I couldn't bare to listen without rolling my eyes. After listening to Girl On a Train, All The Light We Cannot See, and Me Before You, this book was like eating sugar free cake when you were hoping for the real thing. Blah.
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- Dear_Abby

Funny and charming

Would you listen to Happiness for Beginners again? Why?

Yes. It is a light hearted, good read. Inspirational too.

Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but plan to after this one. She was awesome! A different voice for each character and I was never wondering who said something. I think she may be the best audio book performances I've ever heard.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

It was a funny book about finding yourself by connecting with others. A fun adventure. I'm not sure if a guy would get into it. It's more of a "chick flick" type book.

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- Carla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.