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3.93241379310345 out of 53.93241379310345 out of 53.93241379310345 out of 53.93241379310345 out of 53.93241379310345 out of 5 3.93 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jostein Gaarder Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN:
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One day, 14-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find two notes in her mailbox, with one question on each: Who are you? and Where does the world come from?

From that irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving letters addressed to another girl. Who is Hilde? And why does her mail keep turning up? To unravel this riddle, Sophie must use the philosophy she is learning - but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she could have imagined.

A riveting novel that is also an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought, Sophie's World, with more than 30 million copies in print, has fired the imaginations all over the world.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dex Kerma | 2/16/2014

    " This is by far one of my favorite books, and I wish I would of had a chance to read something like it as a teenager. The story weaves around a teenager who meets a philosophical mentor, who enlightens her and broadens her view of the world, changing her circumstances within it. It covers an intro to the vast philosophical canon - namely the most famous of historical philosophers. This should be a must read for any high school curriculum. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 2/3/2014

    " A little too simplistically written. It *is* a YA novel, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mursida | 1/11/2014

    " When I read this book, I m not only read some philosophy novel but also detective adventure story :) Really Make my curriousity increasing "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Márcia | 12/29/2013

    " Not for me. Didn't finish. Maybe I'll pick it up later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 12/12/2013

    " This is a very good book for a beginning glimpse of philosophy. I recommended to all three of our boys to read . I recommend it to anyone wanting to brush up on basic Western philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Cirone | 12/8/2013

    " What an illuminating, thought-provoking, wondrous little book. Left me in such a state of awe and wonder about who we are, where we come from, and what it all means. I didn't know a stitch about philosophy, so to have this accessible and engaging crash course was an absolute boon for the soul! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny | 9/11/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Very thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevon | 7/2/2013

    " It was a good lesson in history and philosophy. Felt repetitive towards the end of the book but was very interesting. maybe could have used more action or planning, as it lost some of its mystery as the book continued on. Interesting views of life in the book worth a look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 のび太 野比 | 4/26/2013

    " My Favorite textbook for PHILOSOPHY! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 fares | 10/19/2012

    " One day, 14-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find two notes in her mailbox, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maiyuren | 10/19/2012

    " Very interesting book. One of my favorite books. Ending not as good as the rest of the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yu | 9/10/2012

    " One of the first book that I read and really felt in love with! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaoran Li | 4/11/2012

    " An introductory to philosophy....all time favorite....a must-read for kids~~~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guillermo Suarez | 3/11/2012

    " Great introduction to Western philosophy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 12/17/2011

    " It was a great introduction and overview of philosophy written in a very accessible way. In the beginning I enjoyed the book (albeit in small doses to let the ideas sink in) but then the plotline outside of the philosophy 'lessons' got bizarre. When I finished the book I was left with no fondness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusa | 12/11/2011

    " finally! good book tapi bagi aku susah sikit nak digest. kadang aku lupa apa fakta sejarah yang aku dah baca daripada muka surat yang lepas2 pun. kalau aku dapat buku ni masa tingkatan 6 dulu mesti sejarah aku bagus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla Herron | 8/26/2011

    " This book was a great review of the history of western philosophy. I truly enjoyed the mystery and the twist at the end. Simon Vance, my favorite narrator, read the book so it was especially enjoyable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bailey Bywater | 8/19/2011

    " I'm reading this for school it's really good there is a lot of thinking you have to put in to it though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keli | 5/22/2011

    " As literature, I wasn't impressed. The story's concept was interesting, but the execution left something to be desired. It did have, however, a lot of good information and I felt it was a worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/21/2011

    " When this book was released in 1994, I first heard about it on NPR. I bought a copy which my son and I both read. It was thoroughly enjoyable. This is a painless way for children and adults to learn about philosophy and the great questions in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 5/17/2011

    " mind boggling amount of facts, totally absorbing, great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 5/15/2011

    " I read this for English class in 11th grade. It tries to simplify the ideas of the philosophers, and at least provides the basic jist. It is a little tough to get through, but worth it overall (as I recall).

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana | 5/14/2011

    " It's a good book and easy to understand "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zscao | 5/14/2011

    " It's a bit difficulty for me because there are many new word in it, but I'll finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sylvian1361 | 5/11/2011

    " have read it before but brillinat book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyra | 5/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this, but it was a little over my head at the time. I had to rush to read it because it was for school, but I imagine that if I took my time with it in order to really understand it I would have enjoyed it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Biskin | 5/4/2011

    " This is an excellent book, not only in the informative sense, but in the literary one as well. He tells an really fun story, and you learn much about philosophy in the process of just enjoying yourself. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 5/4/2011

    " I read this book during my Philosophy class in college, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Philosophical discussion combined with characters so in depth it makes you question your own reality, SOPHIE'S WORLD is a treat for the imagination and brain alike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kwellis | 5/4/2011

    " Read this almost 10 years ago. It was strange and pretty interesting, but I remember liking it a lot "

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Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.