The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Paolo Giordano

Narrated By: Luke Daniels

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: March 2010

Duration: 7 hours 0 minutes


A prime number is a lonely thing. It can be divided only by itself or by one; it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both "primes" - misfits who seem destined to be alone. They are haunted by the childhood tragedies that mark their lives and find themselves unable to reach out to anyone else. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit.

As they grow into adulthood, their destinies seem irrevocably intertwined. But when the mathematically gifted Mattia accepts a research position that takes him thousands of miles away, the two are forced to separate with many things left unsaid. A chance encounter will reunite them and force a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface, but the question remains: Can two prime numbers ever find a way to be together?

The Solitude of Prime Numbers is a stunning meditation on loneliness, love, and the weight of childhood experience. A sensation in its native Italy, where it has sold more than a million copies, it is a remarkable debut, a moving novel that lays bare the soul and captures what it means to be human.


  • Holly Harrison

    Had high hopes going into this as the beginning gives a lovely introduction to our two main characters and their blossoming awkward friendship together. The story gets lost and confusing however when they leave high school to further their education. Also the dark tragedies that befell them not only seemed unbelievable but added nothing to the story except to try and have them come together at the end to move past it. Not bad but not great.

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Solitude of Prime Numbers, Paolo Giordano