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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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An absolute delight

Loved it. This was my first audiobook and I cannot express how goooood it felt. of course, I was reading the paperback side by side. But it was literally like living every moment.

however, I feel the part where the man voice was there, it could have been better.

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  • Susie R
  • 07-09-21

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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  • Linds71
  • 11-09-21

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-21

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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  • Ellabeck
  • 15-09-21

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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  • 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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  • Anonymousish
  • 20-09-21

unbelievably dull

I couldn't get past the first few chapters. I loved Sally Rooney's other books but this felt like self indulgent drivel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-09-21

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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  • Patricia
  • 17-09-21

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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  • Izzy
  • 16-09-21

An OK listen

Fantastic narratation. I enjoyed the author's detail around every day activities and emotion but I felt tense listening to the story. It had an eery vibe which made me think something awful was about to happen so quite unsettling. Worth a listen but I probably wouldn't recommend to a friend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-21

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
  • 20-09-21

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
  • 19-09-21

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