Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy

Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy


By (author) Jostein Gaarder, Translated by Paulette Moller, Read by Simon Vance

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  • Publisher: MACMILLAN AUDIO
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 145mm x 51mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 20 March 2007
  • ISBN 10: 1427200874
  • ISBN 13: 9781427200877
  • Sales rank: 258,720

Product description

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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Author information

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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" 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