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  • Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

  • Aristotle and Dante
  • Written by: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)
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Written by: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
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GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST AUDIOBOOK, NARRATION, AND STORYTELLING RECORDING
2022 BEST MALE NARRATOR AUDIE AWARD WINNER!

A #1 New York Times bestseller
Four starred reviews!
“Messily human and sincerely insightful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an “emotional roller coaster” (School Library Journal, starred review) sure to captivate fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi.

In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a border town fell in love. Now, they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence.

Ari has spent all of high school burying who he really is, staying silent and invisible. He expected his senior year to be the same. But something in him cracked open when he fell in love with Dante, and he can’t go back. Suddenly he finds himself reaching out to new friends, standing up to bullies of all kinds, and making his voice heard. And, always, there is Dante, dreamy, witty Dante, who can get on Ari’s nerves and fill him with desire all at once.

The boys are determined to forge a path for themselves in a world that doesn’t understand them. But when Ari is faced with a shocking loss, he’ll have to fight like never before to create a life that is truthfully, joyfully his own.

©2021 Benjamin Alire Sáenz. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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my favourite book

wonderful weaving of philosophy, history, and politics with fiction and a beautiful narration. i’d like to read it again on paper so I can highlight and write notes in the margins

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I cried every step of the way

There were so many highs and lows (dark moments). I had tears of happiness and tears of sadness. I had to take a few pauses/breaks from the story because the emotions I felt were so intense. It was so beautiful and funny to listen to.

Ari’s growth was so tangible. The side characters were so well developed and they felt real and so unique. I loved them all! I love Ari soo much. What a beautiful soul.

The one con I had was the ending. It just wasn’t satisfying enough for me. It felt a bit rushed and I needed a bit more details to slow it down and process what was happening. It ended and I felt like I needed something a bit more. It wasn’t bad enough to negatively impact my love for the novel, but just something I wished was a little more developed.

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I LOVED THIS

I know this book has gotten some bad reviews since people thought the book didn’t need a sequel, but I think it was perfect and very well written. You see just as many amazing and true words and thoughts in this book than I did in the first one. This sequel showed much about their relationship that was very sweet that had ups and downs, and it also shows what a wonderful group of friends Ari had that truest cared for him. Ari’s character development was very impressive and this book really showed how much love he had for his peers and I really admire him. Overall I think the voice was perfect for this novel, and the sound quality was great, and I really appreciate this books making. <3

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Beautiful. Just Beautiful.

Love is love is love is love…what a moving story. A sequel that lives up to to its predecessor. Narration elevates the story 1000%. These characters will live on in me forever.

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A mediocre follow up

Overall the book had its highs and lows. Lots of slower moments which felt forced and didn't really have a reason to be there.I went into it with high expectations after the first which I have re listened to multiple times. However, the ending was strong and had me in tears.

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Amazing!

I love this book. The narration was perfect and the story was what I wanted as a sequel to the first book.

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  • Bill54494
  • 2022-01-19

See Beyond the Premise

Granted, there may be some readers who are uncomfortable with the premise of this story. After all, the main protagonists are two young men who are in their last year of high school, and they're madly in love with each other. They kiss a lot, but to the author's credit, their rather cautious sexual relationship is portrayed quite obliquely. It's implied, but not explicit. and that's great, because it doesn't distract from the many messages that probe so much deeper into the wonderful--and sometimes painful--mysteries of life.

This book is not a page-turner in the ordinary sense. I'd say it is more of a "page savorer". Well, at least I savored pretty much every page. Even in the midst of human awfulness, the author has managed to beautifully portray the delicious triumph of human goodness. The story doesn't deny the awfulness; it doesn't omit the reality of tragedy and sadness; it just gently and with wonderful grace shows the winning power of real love.

The Greek language has three words for love. There's "eros"; since we get our English word "erotic" from that, it's easy to see what kind of love "eros" describes. Then there's "philos", which is brotherly--or sisterly--love (hence Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love). Then there's "agape" (pronounced "AH-ga-pay", not "a-GAYP"), which is essentially unselfish love that seeks the good of the other. This story honestly recognizes the reality of each of these "loves" in the human experience, but the one that stands out beyond the others is agape.

I really liked this book for its sensitive portrayal of those things in life which really matter.

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  • Jaida Herrera
  • 2022-02-23

cryin in the club

finally got around to listening to this and wow i’m not disappointed. i see myself in these characters and in this book, and it means so much to me to see it have a second volume. the listen is worth it, lin does an amazing job. and mr. sáenz good sir, you’ve reignited my passion for books and writing, so thank you ❤️

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  • bubonic311
  • 2022-01-09

No Sophomore Slump

The YA LGBTQ sequel to “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” is no sophomore slump. Ari’s largely internal conflicts in the first book become external in this book where Ari and Dante navigate their senior year in high school during the AIDS epidemic. Both discover connection, loss, prejudice, the importance of educators and family, each other, and themselves.

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  • BigMorningStar
  • 2022-09-19

Beautiful

And so much better than the first book. In this sequel, the author continues to throw painful events at two boys who are trying to figure out who they are, and shows us how the two beautiful souls navigate growing up. Maybe my favorite audiobook ever.

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  • Heidi M. Funk
  • 2022-05-24

Such a beautiful book!

This book is for everyone. I find that hearing the book really enhanced the enjoyment! I was sad, happy, joyous and wishing we could live on and in the map that Ari and Dante were drawing and writing. We move way to slowly to embrace new countries… I have hopes that the future will hold more joy, respect and love than it does right now. I see it growing and I see the old guard digging in their feet to try to stop it but I have hope that love will win out!

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  • Pee pee poo poo
  • 2021-12-07

read it its amazing

I loved this book so much, Aristotle and dante is a gorgeous series and I'm so sad it's over. if you're thinking of reading this amazing coming of age (book 1) and tear jerking (book 2) book then you 100% should.

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  • Tamiko Rothhorn
  • 2021-12-01

loved it!

great coming of age story and a great performance too by Lin Manuel Miranda!

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  • Krilaffi
  • 2024-02-19

Rising

Miranda’s skill and sensitivity brought this story to life beautifully. The story itself is beautiful, following the lovely “…Discover the Secrets of the Universe” and I am glad to have revisited these lovable characters, particularly Ari as he grows and becomes more and more himself.

As a YA novel the emphasis on learning — about self, feelings, others and life — makes sense and is generously and warmly offered. The fact that I found the didacticism a bit overplayed is probably evidence that I’m not in the intended audience demographic. There were times when I found myself practicing tolerance to get through the reiterations of these themes, but I did so because I love the characters, the heart of the story and the author’s beautiful intent to uplift and educate.

And I’m very glad I persevered! During the last chapters of the book I - who am not an easy cry - was sobbing, over and over, moved by the resonance and poignancy of this tender, truthful and historically aware tale.

I love that the author scatters seeds of hope, wisdom and self-realization throughout the story.

Gorgeous.

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  • Robert Gramatges
  • 2024-01-12

Beautiful

A love story I wish I had read when I was coming of age but am glad to have found when I did.

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  • Prayash Ghimire
  • 2024-01-06

Really disappointing sequel

This book is 10 hours of rambling and metaphors with no actual substance or plot events. I’ve never been so bored listening to an audio book. The first book was PHENOMENAL. However, this second book is a major disappointment. The end of the first book was a perfect ending.

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