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Girls & Boys

Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10,209 ratings)

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Riding on Dennis Kelly's rollercoaster monologue Girls & Boys, Mulligan gives a phenomenal, unpredictable solo performance—a proper feat of acting—as a woman so self-assured she might just smash the patriarchy apart single-handedly.

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Mum-versation
It was there. We had it.
I think a lot about violence.
Part of the same…male impulse.

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About the Performer

Carey Mulligan’s passion for acting was ignited when she was merely 6 years old. Upon seeing her brother perform in a school production of The King and I, she was so enamored with the theatrical magic that the director allowed her to join the chorus. From that day on, Mulligan has been an unstoppable force in the world of film and theater. From her first major role in Pride & Prejudice (2005) to her acclaimed, award-winning breakthrough performance in An Education in 2009, Mulligan has proved herself to be one of the most dynamic voices of her generation. In addition to Girls & Boys, she has made a name for herself in the theater circuit with her performance in the much-lauded West End revival of The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007.

About the Author

Dennis Kelly is a writer and producer for theater, television, and radio. He wrote and staged his first play, Debris, in his early thirties, and hasn’t stopped since. The productions to his name—more than 23 and counting—include the musical adaptation of Matilda, which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Off stage, Kelly is known from his success on the small screen; he co-wrote the beloved BBC Three sitcom Pulling and penned the well-received action-drama Utopia.

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I have never heard a story performed so well.

To me, this is Carey's best work. Its like this is her story and she is reliving it. All of that to say too that the monologue is incredibly smart and emotional. Very thought provoking about our society and family.

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Wow. Just . . . wow.

Carey Mulligan is incredible. Her talent shines blindingly throughout this performance. I can scarcely imagine what it must be like to watch her perform this play on stage.

Yes, the subject matter is sometimes dark, but that’s not the overall point of the play, and not the focus of this performance. Despite some of the stark and bleak details, this is an audiobook I will listen to again and again...if nothing else, for the pure pleasure of hearing Carey Mulligan demonstrate her wide-ranging talents. (Sally Sparrow - you are BRILLIANT, and I wish the rain would never stop.)

I didn’t expect a less-than-two-hours audiobook to be so thought-provoking and stay with me so long. The playwright has a genius for natural conversational rhythms and the way we talk to ourselves inside our heads.

Highly recommend. I’d rate it higher than five stars if I could.

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Be aware of the content before listening

The performance of the narrator was top notch. And I like the idea of free content from Audible. However, this title had no description attached to it and the sample gave no indication of the plot of this short story. As the mother of two children who died way too soon, I would have NEVER, chosen this book. This isn’t a topic that anyone, regardless of their background should have sprung on them. It isn’t a fun surprise. And audible should be ashamed for thinking this could be appreciated without a proper warning.

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It should be called 'Stunning & Real'

I listened to Girls & Boys as an audiobook read by Carey Mulligan. (It's more accurate to say she "acted it out"--it was, performed by Carey Mulligan because I could visualize every word she said.) I first listened to the sample, which was, quite possibly, the funniest snippet of an audiobook I've ever heard--and spot on as far as human nature goes...so I bought it, not really reading what this play was about. To be honest, it was Carey Mulligan that attracted me to the monologue. I saw her featured as the narrator--a recommendation from an Audible editor named Sam. The whole thing is only about 90 minutes--the length of a movie and I had time for that so I downloaded it.

It is not a funny story.

It's a story of survival.

It's a tale of violence and heartbreak.

And it feels real--disturbingly, horrifyingly real.

At one point, the narrator says that what she's about to tell you is not happening to you, and you think, "Oh, that's not--that's not good." Her warning, I found, was necessary. It gave me just enough distance to be able to hang on until that part was over. Just enough. Barely.

I'm not sure that I agree with all the conclusions that the author came to in this play. Some of it rings true, while other things are debatable. What I found absolutely brave was that Dennis Kelly had the nerve to ask those questions. The balls.

Carey Mulligan should win awards for this. Dennis Kelly should win awards for this. I know it's something that will stick with me forever.

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Woah! Good, I wish I would have known.

The story was good, it moved along and kept me engaged. the narrator was a lot of fun, although it took me a few minutes to adjust to her very fast paced English accent. ****Spoilers ahead****** but I really wish I would have known what was coming. I mean I get the twist is apart of the good listen, but my neighbor did this to his family 8 months ago. His wife, 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son. I have been haunted and struggling to come to terms with it, I hate that I see their house everytime I look out my window. I hate that the house just sold and that my state is a nondisclosure state so the new owners probably do not know, yet, it is only a matter of time. If I didn't have a more personal connection with murder-suicide, I probably would have loved it. But the moment I realized what was going on, it reopened my mind to thoughts that I was just learning to close up again....

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Wonderful, but it gets dark really fast.

I bought this because the sample made me laugh my ass off. I've actually gotten just as pissed off about people letting gaps open up in a line. So I thought this play was going to be a comedy. It is not a comedy. The sample is the funniest part of the play. This is a tragedy, with a fantastically hilarious opening act.

That being said, it is a great listen and the narration really brings it all together. Carey Mulligan is fantastic. If I lived in New York or London I would definitely go see this in person.

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💀Proceed with Caution ☠️☺️🙂😐😕☹️😳🤭😮😧😵

Oh, man, I thought Evil Eye was dark, but that PALES in comparison with this. If child endangerment is a problem for you, proceed with extreme caution! Regardless of the horror factor, this is an important play sure to become a classic in the annals of feminist theory and seminal female monologues. I loved it as much as it horrified me, and I will be thinking about its implications for months to come. Many thanks to the author for bringing such fundamental truths about the differences between the sexes to light in a world that definitely discourages thinking about such things, much less talking about them. My only complaint—and it’s a small one—is that toward the end, when the main character lists four types of a certain perpetrator of a specific action, she does not go that one step further and say which type she felt applied to her own case. And I wanted to know, also, when the perpetrator “reached out to” her three times, what did those communications consist of? I’m sorry I will not know the answers to these questions.

Grade: A
Bechdel Test: Pass

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should have had a stronger warning

Repugnant, unexpected ending with very little warning. Excellent performance but I'd never select such grim content had I realized. Dark is an understatement.

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Not What I Was Imagining

I didn't exactly know what I was getting when I started listening to this story. It was a bit confusing at first but as I finally got into it I couldn't stop listening. It was heartbreaking.
Carey Mulligan does an amazing job of bringing this story to life.

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Phenomenal Acting but......

tragic. It starts out wonderfully funny, charming and clever. The actress’s accent is immensely engaging & her acting is very believable yet the story is dark. If you purchase it I highly recommend listening to the author’s interview at the end AFTERWARDS (spoiler alert).

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  • Jo Thomas.
  • 07-11-18

amazing

This play gripped me from the very beginning.
Carey is perfect and so very real. Heartbraking and funny in places but so so heartbraking.
Well done all involved. Brilliant work.

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  • Ruairi
  • 07-07-18

superbly written, very beautiful

didn't really know what expect but I certainly didn't think I'd be blubbering after just a 2 hour audiobook. it puts forward some difficult questions and topics and doesn't try and spoon feed you answers. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a short thought-provoking listen.

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  • Lorna North
  • 05-23-19

All the emotions

The writing of this monologue takes you to some incredible places - both good and very, very bad. Just when you think you know what's coming, it changes course and ends up in some deeply different straits that are more uncomfortable than you could ever have fathomed.

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  • Luce Briggi
  • 08-21-18

Recommended if you enjoy being punched in the gut

★★★★✰ 4 stars

Carey Mulligan's performance is exceptional. The play itself begins with perhaps one of the funniest scenes and ends with a gut-wrenching tragedy. The audiobook is very short and I can't recommend it enough.
Smart, sharp and very sad. Definitely worth a listen!

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  • Mr. R. A. Booth
  • 06-29-18

My biggest regret...

Is not seeing Girls & Boys when it was on at the Royal Court . My loss.
Please listen to the audioplay. Just sit and listen.
Carey Mulligan, I salute you.

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  • QUirkyjay
  • 09-06-18

Short but powerful

I wouldn't normally buy a title this short for a whole credit but having read the reviews, decided it had to be worth it. I wasn't disappointed. Carey Mulligan is astonishingly good and I was gripped from start to finish.

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  • Mr. R. Jarmain
  • 06-12-19

Thought provoking.

This is a very thought provoking play. I found it quite disturbing to listen to. Having said that it is very powerful and Carey Mulligan's performance is amazing and brilliant. Be warned though there is a lot of bad language.

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  • Mr Sapiens
  • 08-19-18

Missed it at the Royal Court

Delighted to get this after not being to get tickets at the Royal Court. Devastating and hilarious.

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  • Frances Easton
  • 08-06-18

WOW

Buying this audiobook will be one of the best things you do this year! Trust me.

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  • carmen
  • 07-13-18

Shortest review ever

YOU. HAVE. TO BUY. THIS. BOOK.


I have a minimum of 15 words to write this review but there is nothing else more to say. Buy this book.

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  • jdk
  • 01-23-19

Mulligan Now Warns Against Acting Monologues

Yep, it's topical and it needs to be discussed, but I didn't find Mr. Kelly's work convincing or to a standard required of its subject matter.

There are good lines, the monologue is often snappy and amusing, but that's my point. It's a cheap shot to suddenly turn as the play does. We're only given two precedents to provide insight into the focal events of the play. I would have preferred more detail and subtlety; impossible in the expostion of a single actor monologue.

I struggled with how the material is presented. I feel manipulated when a writer, dealing with such themes, doesn't start with the horror. Sure,
this would distrupt the flow of the plot, but is that really what we have here? Is this a case of the issue carrying the art? I think it can be done better. How? I dunno, perhaps like in Tom Holloway's Red Sky Morning?

Ms.s Mulligan and Turner do their best with the material. Production and perfornance are both excellent. On The Late Show with Mr. Colbert the other night Mr. Gyllenhaal said Ms. Mulligan warned him against doing a monologue. I wonder how she came to this opinion?

Despite its shortcomings Boys and Girls deserves to be read, or you could just read the news on nearly any day of any week and think for yourself what all this violence means.

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