• Sophie's World

  • A Novel About the History of Philosophy
  • By: Jostein Gaarder
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 28-03-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (150 ratings)


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.
©1991 H. Aschelhoug and Co. (W. Nygaard), Oslo. Translation 1994 Paulette Moller (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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Critic reviews

"Gaarder pulls off the difficult feat of blending philosophy and entertainment in a way that will capture [young adults'] interest and make them eager to explore further." (School Library Journal)
"First, think a beginner's guide to philosophy....Next, imagine a fantasy novel - something like a modern-day version of Through the Looking Glass. Meld these disparate genres, and what do you get? Well, what you get is an improbable international bestseller...[A] tour de force." (Time)
"Sophie's World is sheer delight. How I wish I'd had it during my college freshman survey of philosophy!" (Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 23-06-17

A great book

It is a shame I didn't encounter this book 9 years ago when I was Sophie's age. I truly enjoyed the incorporated philosophy course.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-02-16

excellent to listen to

This is a fascinating story and very easy to listen to. I would recommend it wholeheartedly

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4 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 15-08-07

Great introduction to Western Philosophy

If you're interested in the development of philosophical thought from the Greeks onwards but don't want to get bogged down in 'serious' reading this is the book for you. Well written, quite gripping and the narrator does a good job. Only criticism is that goes off at a strange tangent at the end.

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22 of 23 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By wendy on 13-10-11


This was assigned for a class which I took, so I was rather worried about it being dry and dreadfully boring. I was surprised that it's actually well written and presents an interesting overview. Recommended as a great introduction to the history of philosophy.

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