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Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel
Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel
Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel
Audiobook10 hours

Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel

Written by Sally Rooney

Narrated by Aoife McMahon

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

"Aoife McMahon is a gem of a narrator, helping create the perfect atmosphere for Rooney’s story." -Book Riot

"McMahon's acting dexterity shows in seamless shifts between points of view, characters, and emotions. Male to female, white-collar to blue-collar, anger to passion - her crisp Irish accent makes these transitions with the lightness of a lark. Likewise, via McMahon, Rooney's peerless descriptions imprint upon the mind's eye. The listener won't soon forget a silk blouse caressed like a pet, freckled arms made pink by the sun, the coast of Ireland at nightfall, or the forgiveness of a best friend." -AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winning review

Beautiful World, Where Are You is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends.

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.

Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Editor's Note

One of the best writers of her generation…

With her signature literary style, Rooney (“Normal People”) immerses readers in the complexities of desire, friendship, and sex through the lives of Irish millennials grappling with a turbulent world. Told through emails between two bookish friends, “Beautiful World, Where Are You” is another absorbing, intimate novel from one of the best writers of her generation.

Release dateSep 7, 2021
Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Boring and pretentious. The thinnest of plots with characters that are not well developed. The men speak in 2 word sentences while the women write each other loooong emails about the meaning of life.

    The relationships between the characters were cringe-worthy. They sounded like high school or early college students, rather than adults trying to make their way through life.

    The author would have been better off developing the email exchanges into a series of essays.

    I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't finish. Gave up about 2/3 of the way through.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    True to form
    Sometimes irritating
    But a good read
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    The audiobook is 5/5. Though the book itself emm.. not that much I don’t know whether it’s due to my high expectations or that the plot itself didn’t do it for me. I love Sally Rooney's writing language and the controversial topics she addresses, I just wasn’t invested that much in the story of these four friends and their relationships with one another. Yes, there’s a really interesting relationship dynamics but that’s about it I guess.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Easy listen about friends going through life and their ups and downs
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    I was far from impressed with this book. It felt like an excuse to have uncomfortable sex scenes every chapter. Awkward and uncomfortable and I had to explain to my grandfather how lesbians have sex so I know awkward.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Painfully beautiful.
    Contemporary, deep, simple, witty, brilliant and inspiring. Thank you.