"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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Few authors capture the twentysomething experience in all its joyful, messy glory like best-selling Irish author Sally Rooney (Normal People). Her third novel follows highly intellectual best friends Alice and Eileen as they navigate their politics, insecurities, and love lives via lengthy and emotional emails. We loved getting to know these two relatable heroines and getting wrapped up in their personal and professional entanglements. Alice, a successful writer, meets a gruff yet charming warehouse worker on a dating app and brings him to Rome on a whim. Eileen struggles with a humdrum job at a literary journal and a not-so-platonic relationship with her childhood best friend. So many of Alice’s and Eileen’s experiences hit home, from stalking an ex to dropping an “I love you” with someone who doesn’t feel the same. Narrator Aoife McMahon’s varied Irish accents only make the experience more real—and more charming. So put in your earbuds, press play, and get ready to cringe and cheer for Rooney’s complex, lovable characters.