Joy for Beginners

  • by Erica Bauermeister
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At an intimate, festive dinner party in Seattle, six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer. Wineglass in hand, Kate strikes a bargain with them. To celebrate her new lease on life, she'll do the one thing that's always terrified her: white-water rafting. But if she goes, all of them will also do something they always swore they'd never do-and Kate is going to choose their adventures.
Shimmering with warmth, wit, and insight, Joy for Beginners is a celebration of life: unexpected, lyrical, and deeply satisfying.


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Customer Reviews

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Good friends

Would you listen to Joy for Beginners again? Why?

I really enjoyed this book. It is a great reminder of the importance of good friends.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really enjoyed all of the characters. They were all so different in their outlook on life and its issues.

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing this story read made it seem like a conversation with friends.

If you could rename Joy for Beginners, what would you call it?

I think this is a great, innovative title.

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- Lynn

Great listen

This was a great listen, well worth a credit. I had read Erica Bauermeister's previous book about a cooking class and enjoyed it so was looking forward to listening to this. It did not disappoint. I enjoyed how each chapter focused on one character and their challenge and how they met it. It made me think about what we might be missing out on life because we might be afraid to try something new.

The story struck the right tone between not too heavy and not too light. I had a few driveway moments where I sat in the car for a few minutes longer after arriving home to hear what happened next.

The narration was generally good, but the male characters, the few that there were, all kind of sounded the same.

All in all a fun, engaging story that also makes you think a little bit about what joy you might be missing out on.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio