Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel (CD-Audio)

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"So of course in the midst of everything, the state of the world being what it is, humanity on the cusp of extinction, here I am writing another email about sex and friendship. What else is there to live for?"
In her third authorial outing, Rooney manages a more adult world with a wider cast of characters, all delivering a narrative that might resemble her developing world view, post-fame, as well as building on themes and characterization from her previous two novels. It doesn't have the beautiful, near-perfect ending of her debut, but the book as a whole is well structured and satisfying. The characters talk more philosophy and politics, but Rooney manages to keep her feet fixed on the ground, especially with a heightened, more poetic language sprinkled throughout this larger book. — Alex Bell

I never want Rooney’s books to end, the writing is such a delight. This is another deep dive of a novel into relationships, and the characters are so well realised, that they seep into your thoughts well after you’ve finished the book. But what I appreciated the most from this novel was the philosophising that Rooney indulges in, via long emails between the two protagonists, making this an extremely satisfying novel. — Becky Doherty

A stunning and evocative exploration of love and friendship in the modern age. In her newest novel, Rooney explores the curious phenomenon where despite the rapidly deteriorating planet we live on, we still manage to carve out moments of happiness and derive meaning from our personal relationships. Through emails sent between our two protagonists, Alice and Elaine, Rooney makes the case that climate change, political turmoil, and global pandemics are not what define us, but rather distract us from what is perhaps the true purpose of our existence- to form meaningful connections, fall in love, and seek out the people who make this disorderly place we call home a truly Beautiful World. — Madison Gallup

September 2021 Indie Next List

“Another incredible story! The characters are vibrant and familiar, and the intimate moments are uniquely painted. It’s as if a close friend is confessing their life to you and you are seeing yourself in it.”
— Katie Kenney, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT


"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

About the Author

Sally Rooney is an Irish novelist. She is the author of Beautiful World, Where Are You, Conversations with Friends, and Normal People. She also contributed to the writing and production of the Hulu/BBC television adaptation of Normal People

Aoife Mcmahon is a narrator for audiobooks including Beautiful World, Where Are You and The Crooked Branch.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250818034
ISBN-10: 1250818036
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Language: English