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Girls & Boys

Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)
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Summary

They met at an airport and fell for each other. But in time, they would meet their fate as it all falls apart. 

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

Bonus content includes an Audible exclusive discussion with playwright, Dennis Kelly.

Girls & Boys is intended for a mature audience and contains scenes that some people may find disturbing.

Girls & Boys was originally produced by Royal Court Theatre, February-March 2018.

©2018 Dennis Kelly (P)2018 AO Media, LLC.

Critic reviews

“This is a one-person show. And what a person. Mulligan is extraordinary in Dennis Kelly’s gripping new play.” (The Observer

“A devastating tour-de-force from Carey Mulligan.” (The Telegraph)  

“Lyndsey Turner’s production is a knock-out. A Hollywood megastar holding her own in an experimental but somehow also massively crowd-pleasing solo show - this is pretty rare.” (Time Out London

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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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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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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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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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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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  • Anouk
  • Lyon, France
  • 19-12-18

Great play

I was lucky enough to get to see Girls & Boys at the Royal Court theatre and I absolutely loved it. It’s obviously quite different listening to it as an audiobook - although Carey Mulligan does as great a job telling the story from a recording studio as from the stage - but I am very pleased I get to re-live the experience.

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loved it!

compelling and brilliantly performed i loved every minute of this. and the interview with the play Wright also good

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Outstanding

Gripping from start to finish - a truly compelling performance from Carey Mulligan.
So glad that I got the opportunity to hear this after missing it at the theatre.

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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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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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  • Erin Reeve
  • 05-07-18

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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  • Anne Marie
  • 11-09-18

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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  • GHBeckwith
  • 16-07-18

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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  • H. Donaldson
  • 21-09-18

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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  • Amy A. Bartol
  • 05-07-18

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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  • Stefan B. Reed
  • 28-06-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-09-18

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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  • Diane D
  • 19-07-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-18

Absolutely riveting, hidden depths.

This was not what I was expecting in the slightest.... but in the best way. Seamless story arc-inventive-REAL. Absolutely a must listen-to.

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  • Tran Nguyen
  • 19-07-18

Gripping story with first-class acting

Should've heed the warning, this was not what I expected. I expected a comedy with serious undertones, instead what I got was a tragedy with sporadically comedic dressing. The latter half of the play steers into eerie territories, not so much a plot twist but a searing knife in the back. That this transition managed to not be whiplash inducing is largely thanks to the phenomenal talents of Carey Mulligan. She was there to guide us every step of the way, imbuing even the lighter moments with untold depth. Her gift for portraying introspective, emotionally complex characters translates well here. Mulligan told a harrowing story of family and violence with surgical precision and incredible emotional restrain. Under her deft hands, the character became a solid creation: self-assured, relatable, clear-eyed, not to mention outrageously funny and gloriously vulgar (until she wasn't).

The core idea of the play may sound radical but it isn't exactly new or novel or I doubt even true, but it is something worth revisiting and restating in such unflinching terms in the wider conversation of masculinity reckoning. The play lacks truly unique insights to become compelling human drama (I don't think that was their priority to be honest). Alas Carey Mulligan makes it all worthwhile. A special experience that I wish I could see in person.

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