• Beautiful World, Where Are You

  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The new novel from the author of Normal People.

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution 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?

©2021 Sally Rooney (P)2021 Faber Audio

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Rather dull stuff

The bbc radio 4 reading was better. Both though tell the same pretty tepid tale.

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ok

I read it straight after Conversations with Friends and it seemed a bit repetitive and some of the logic of the characters just wasn't believable to me.

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Not a good voice

The voice of the narrator is not at all good. The male voices are bad and so artificial. Loses the essence of story.

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  • Susie
  • 09-07-21

wish I'd stopped at normal people

Struggled to enjoy this. Didn't care one bit about the characters. Audio quality is poorer than normal.

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  • Ellabeck
  • 09-15-21

A keyhole view of real lives

The author’s expertise is perceptively and sympathetically portraying the feelings and emotions of ordinary people.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-21

yikes

Struggled to finish this one, boring characters and some of the most laughably unrealistic dialogue I've ever read - particularly from the men. Also a fair bit of moaning about us "lunatics" who spend money on her books. So don't bother. And God, the thin-worshiping, and the terrible, trite ending. Anti-feminist crap.

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  • Linds71
  • 09-11-21

Immediately listened to it again

…..in case I missed anything. I’d give it six stars if I could and the narration was perfect. I just kept wondering what it must be like to be able to write like that, what a talent Sally Rooney has.

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  • Patricia
  • 09-17-21

Disappointing

I found a couple of the characters interesting as the book came to an end. However my overall feeling having read Sally Rooney's new novel is of irritation at the tortuous email dialogues between the female characters. The soul-searching never reached any form of interesting revelation and it read as trite as it became more self-indulgent and pointless. I would go as far as saying "avoid"

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  • Caro
  • 10-28-21

Disappointing

I found this ‘story’ very dull and a non event. There was a lot of self indulgent introspective rambling from the two girls. Just as in Normal People the relationships centred on will they or will they not get together and be happy. I found after a while I just did not care anymore as each rejection came and went. I did not enjoy the narration anymore than with Normal People as once again all the male parts were spoken in a flat dull tone which just made each man sound boring and dead pan while the girls have lilting and expressive voices. Maybe get a man next time to be the male voice and engender a bit of emotion. The sexual detail I also found unnecessary and contrived and thrown in to be a bit risqué maybe? Rarely do I really dislike a book but this time I did.

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  • SallyJ
  • 10-01-21

Preferred previous two books

The story was ok but the emails Eileen sends to Alice …SO boring !
Both the female characters like sex but they are up tight when they are not in bed !
They are 20 something but don’t seem to have a “laugh” at all !
Worth a listen but not as good as previous books .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-21

Uninspiring story and narrator

The author seems like a typical millennial based on what the main character thinks and does. Nothing about this story seems to trigger, inspire or challenge my thoughts. The narrator style is just... monotone. Sorry.

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  • St Buc
  • 09-09-21

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Nice book, and a little more optimistic. It's nice to see this author's characters age and I look forward to future books.

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  • DESMOND FLANNAGAN
  • 09-09-21

liife ..love and all the mess in-between

perhaps one of the most important authors to come out of Ireland ..a new approach to not only observing relationships but also the knowing when we need details and when the story needs to move on. utterly brilliant

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-21

God awful

I enjoyed Normal People , but this was really bad. parts of it really made me cringe, I just couldn't go on. Has put me off SR for life I'm afraid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-21

loved it

I have been waiting for this since I discovered Normal People. I love Sally Rooney's writing and couldn't even imagine myself reading this, Aoife McMahon creates the various characters so wonderfully I found myself falling I love with each of them in turn

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  • suraiyah
  • 11-30-21

Bummer

I didn’t really like it, it was kinda boring and depressing and I couldn’t really connect to the characters. I liked Simon only and there was no real climax or plot. Just about 4 friends. The narrator was good though. And there were momen in time where the book was interesting. It did end beautifully. But wouldn’t recommend tbh.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-21

Interesting

I found the story interesting.. fairly slow in parts and the email exchanges between the two women quite political and tedious. As I loved Normal People I was a little disappointed in this book . I didn’t mind it , but didn’t love it ..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-21

Engaging

I love Sally Rooney’s writing - really enjoyable listen especially with the Irish accent of the reader. Highly recommend for engaging easy listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-21

Brilliant

wonderful book. deals with big philosophical themes. how to live a good life in a contemporary world, relationships, procreation, religeon. great narration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-21

Book is good, but the author's hypocrisy is sad

This will sadly be the last book I read or review of Sally Rooney's work, which in the case I found to be a poorer echo of Normal People. Her flawed and hypocritical decision not to translate her book into Hebrew due to the so-called cultural boycott of Israel, fills me with such loathing that I cannot abide by it. But since one of her leading characters revels in her new-found wealth as a writer, I guess it's easy to understand why she doesn't apply her high principles to countries with much larger readerships and much greater crimes, because she has too much $ to lose if she did. Shame on you Sally Rooney.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-21

Yeesh

What an absolute waste of time, read this for book club and now we roast the person who picked it because it was so bad. Terrible writing and the most painful bunch of characters I've ever read about. Couldn't even finish reading it, I was worried my eyes would get stuck I was rolling them so hard

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-21

Dull

I was expecting a lot because of how much I loved Normal People (like most of us), but found this boring imitation of it instead. Few twists: instead of one couple there’s 2, but same idea: one is low class, the other is wealthy. Same erotic scenes. Same descriptions of how people look…

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  • Ellen
  • 12-02-21

Obsessed!

No one writes sexy, broody, intellectually charged characters like Sally Rooney. I loved listening to this.

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