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  • Written by: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

Written by: Sally Rooney
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
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Publisher's Summary

#1 INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

ONE OF TIME'S MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2021

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED, ESQUIRE, THE GUARDIAN, KIRKUS REVIEWS AND FINANCIAL TIMES

Beautiful World, Where Are You is Rooney’s best novel yet. Funny and smart, full of sex and love and people doing their best to connect.” —The New York Times

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 worry about sex and friendship 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?

©2021 Sally Rooney (P)2021 Knopf Canada

What the critics say

“Fans of Rooney’s previous work will relish the ache and uncertainty of her characters’ coming of age, her way with emotional difficulty and her brilliance in showing the barriers we put between ourselves and the love of others. The last third of Beautiful World, Where Are You, when the four characters meet and connect, is a tour de force. The dialogue never falters, and the prose burns up the page. It takes some time to get these people in the same room, however, and that movement towards intimacy is purposely delayed by Rooney’s descriptive prose, which heats up slowly.” —Anne Enright, The Guardian

“Extremely well-written longing. Three novels in, and it’s still what Rooney does best: ensnare us over and over in the jet-fueled heat between good-looking (and supernaturally articulate) Irish youths . . . Each sentence builds like a brushstroke: on its own, any particular line can seem pedestrian. Assembled together, we get whole scenes of otherwise banal parties and bus rides, glances cast and bodies rearranged, all rendered to a storybook-like effect.” —Delia Cai, Vanity Fair 

"[Rooney’s] writing about sex is taut and direct. It’s a narrative style I associate with the films of Andrew Haigh and Joanna Hogg, two great visual poets of social anxiety and reticence. Rooney’s dialogue is frequently perfect . . . Beautiful World, Where Are You is Rooney’s best novel yet. Funny and smart, full of sex and love and people doing their best to connect.” —Brandon Taylor, The New York Times Book Review 

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wonderful

I loved this book, it kept my attention the whole time and was wonderfully written.

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Pretty good!

Still not quite as good as normal people but worth a listen/read! Would recommend

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Brilliant

Rooney is an extraordinary writer. So understated! The narrators are amazing and I know the Dublin accents add much to this listening experience

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very Irish

lovely look at a group of friends and their interaction. The things they say and the things that are unspoken.

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Yes Audible I have really enjoyed this book.

Yes audible I have really enjoyed this book. The book, the audio, and the performance. It is the total package that I have been waiting for.

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lack lustre

There isn't much of a story here....and it felt like a lot of navel gazing. I would not recommend this book.

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Somewhat relatable but lacking plot

This is my first Sally Rooney novel, chosen as it was the top fiction novel on GoodReads for 2021 and my goal for this year was to read some more books with romance. I will say I wasn't ready for the fairly plotless storyline and unlikeable characters, but I did find myself enjoying the cringeworthy encounters and relating to Alice when she was told she would do better in love if she weren't so smart and that she was intimidating. I also took note of the fantastic portrayals of consent in the sex scenes. I truly hoped the women would discover that their happiness lies far away from the boring, non-commital men they spent the book with, but I suppose they saw growth in other ways. I'm thinking this genre may not be for me 😂

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Kind of Dull

The storyline went nowhere and was about nothing in particular. Would not recommend to a friend.

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Amazing narration, but annoying book

Aoife McMahon was absolutely BRILLIANT. She played all 4 characters (2 guys, 2 girls) and had the perfect voices/way of speaking for each. It was utterly convincing that there were 4 different people speaking. The low overall score is just because I didn’t like the book itself. Pretty preachy, far-fetched, boring non-storyline. Kind of reminded me of what a serious version of Seinfeld would be like peppered with Shakespearean email soliloquies. I have no idea how it won Fiction book of the year on GoodReads!!!! That’s the only reason I read it ugh.

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Just really really good

Aoife McMahon is a voice of genius and Sally Rooney is the voice of several generations. A “must listen” audiobook.

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  • 2021-10-03

Man or woman?

... the 'voice' was somehow disappointing ... I felt a lot of the time that the POV was male, particularly the dynamic of the sex encounters and the hyperwokeness of the men ... these men were not likely on type for someone wondering where this beautiful world is hiding. Almost in plain sight it seems, esp as both men hung in there through difficult stretches.