Sophie's World

A Novel About the History of Philosophy

Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Paulette Møller; read by Simon Vance

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One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: Who are you? and Where does the world come from? From that strange—but irresistible—beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with these and other questions that explore matters both small and large, some that take her mind far beyond what she knows of her family and life in her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving a separate batch of equally unusual letters addressed to another girl. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up in Sophie’s world? To unravel this riddle, Sophie must make use of the philosophy she is learning—but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined.
 
A page-turning novel that is also an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought, Sophie's World has fired the imagination of readers all over the world, having been translated into forty-five languages and with over twenty million copies in print.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Jostein Gaarder's novel Sophie's World. One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: Who are you? and Where does the world come from? From that strange—but irresistible—beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with these and other questions that explore matters both small and large, some that take her mind far beyond what she knows of her family and life in her Norwegian village.

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Praise for Sophie’s World:
 
“Extraordinary…read it for yourself.”—Newsweek
 
“A simply wonderful, irresistible book...a cross between Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy and Alice in Wonderland.”—Daily Telegraph
 
Sophie’s World is sheer delight. How I wish I’d had it during my college freshman survey of philosophy!”—Madeleine L’Engle

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Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Paulette Møller; read by Simon Vance

Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1952. He taught high school philosophy for several years, before publishing a collection of short stories in 1986 and, shortly thereafter, his first two novels, The Solitaire Mystery and Sophie’s World, and several others since then. He lives in Oslo with his family. Simon Vance is the critically acclaimed narrator of approximately 400 audiobooks, winner of twenty-seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and a twelve-time Audie nominee (including three nominations for the 2007 multi-cast recording of Dune). He won an Audie in 2006 in the category of Science Fiction and was named the 2009 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics and the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense by AudioFile magazine.
 
Simon has been a narrator for the past twenty-five years, and he also worked for many years as a BBC Radio presenter and newsreader in London.  Some of his best-selling and most critically acclaimed performances include Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, Mark Haddon’s A Spot of Bother, Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series (all 21 titles), the new productions of Frank Herbert’s original Dune series, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Rob Gifford’s China Road (an AudioFile 2007 Book of the Year). Simon lives near San Francisco with his wife and two sons.

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Sophie's World
A Novel About the History of Philosophy
Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Paulette Møller; read by Simon Vance

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
March 2007
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427200877
ISBN10: 1427200874
Audio Run Time: 18:00
$59.95

Unabridged Digital Audio

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Macmillan Audio
March 2007
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427200860
ISBN10: 1427200866
Audio Run Time: 18:00
$29.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
March 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374530716
ISBN10: 0374530718
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 544 pages, Index
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466804272
ISBN10: 1466804270
544 pages, Index
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