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"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. A hopeful Millennial journey shines through McMahon's performance." (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner)

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?

Grateful acknowledgment is made for permission to reprint the following material:

Epigraph from ‘My Vocation,’ by Natalia Ginzburg, from The Little Virtues. Copyright © 1962, 1966, 1972, 1984, 1998, 2012 and 2015 Giulio Einaudi editore s.p.a., Torino. Originally published in Italian as Le Piccole Virtù. Translation copyright © 1985 Dick Davis. First published in Great Britain in 1985 by Carcanet, Manchester.

Excerpt from "How to Get There", by Frank O’Hara, from Lunch Poems. Copyright © 1964 by Frank O’Hara. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC, on behalf of City Lights Books, citylights.com. All rights reserved.

Excerpt from Within a Budding Grove, by Marcel Proust, translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff, The Modern Library, New York, copyright 1924

Excerpt from The Waste Land, first published in 1922; copyright the Estate of T. S. Eliot. Reproduced by permission of Faber & Faber Ltd.

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2021 Sally Rooney (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Must listen!

Sally Rooney is such an amazing and talented author. I enjoyed this book as much as her previous ones. I finished this book in 2 days! I couldn't turn it off. I will listen to this again, very soon. I just ordered a hard copy so I can follow along in Audible.
I loved the descriptive language Sally Rooney used in the book, but where it stuck out the most, to me, were in the letters.
Great Narrator!!!

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Passes my test!

If I read a second book by an author and by the end say, I would’ve definitely read the first book if I had read this book first, then I would know that the author had certainly nailed it. And she has. Good job! I consider this a romance novel for contemporary-minded individuals. Read a regular romance and you’ll know what I’m talking about. This is definitely a love story And I’ll venture to say a romance between friends and lovers. It took me a while to understand the reason behind the letters between Eileen and Alice. But as I got further into the story, I begin to realize that as they grow and change the tone of your correspondence changed. And I do think that true love occurs when you find a partner who understands the pattern and disrupts it. And that’s why I say this is a romance. Good job Sally Roone, good job.

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Over analyzing self absorbed whiners

Either the characters in this book are all mentally ill, or our future is doomed.

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More like nonfiction

The book gave us long sections of the character Alice’s opinions about the problems w celebrity for the celebrated, the state of art in the culture and other beliefs that went on and on. Sometimes I fast forwarded through them.

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I stopped listening, it was slow and the story is basically talking about bf/gf with no interesting developments. Not worth the hype

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Snore

I wasn’t familiar with this author prior to this book but had ordered bc o had “heard great things”… 22 hours I won’t get back… typical hokey and cheesy romance novel with bits of pontificating… if you’re into that kind of thing, enjoy, but I found myself rolling my eyes repeatedly, it was so predictable and painful. Sorry! I wanted to like it…

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Not a good read , blindly-adoring world, where are you

Can’t even explain how disappointed I feel. Have not read something that superficial and banal in my life.

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Favorite Sally Rooney novel so far

Loved this book, the scene setting is decadent. Narrator is perfection. Not as depressing as Normal People, thankfully.

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Fast Enjoyable Read

I’m still pretty much obsessed with Normal People by Sally Rooney & maybe it’s my obsession with that story, but this one is very similar in several ways. I didn’t mind it since I love Normal People so much. Performance was great, writing is raw + honest & I like the mundane relatability. Gave 4 stars instead of 5 since the ending was disappointing. *spoiler* Like Eileen couldn’t find happiness in herself but had to find it in Simon & a baby. Just felt like a cop out. Still loved the book.

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Just okay

In comparison to other Sally Rooney novels, this one was just okay. The writing was lovely, as always; the characters were intrinsically thought out; the plot was characteristically the author. I guess it’s difficult to describe what it was I didn’t enjoy as much with this one, perhaps the hopeful ending (but that seems to be the theme with novels being written during the pandemic), but it missed its mark with me.

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