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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Audiobook

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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Publisher's Summary

Costa First Novel Book Award winner 2017 - The Sunday Times best seller - AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award Winner

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon.

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than...fine?

©2017 Gail Honeyman; Extract of The Lonely City (2016) by Olivia Laing reproduced by permission from Canongate Books Ltd. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"A truly original literary creation: funny, touching and unpredictable. Her journey out of the shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping." (Jojo Moyes)

"Deft, compassionate and moving." (Paula McLain)

"I adored it. Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut!" (Joanna Cannon)

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    Anonymous 19/09/2017
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    "Sweet, dramatic & beautifully read"

    Loved this book & didn't want it to end. For anyone who has experiences of those who live with ASD, you'll be sure to be entertained.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 16/09/2017
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    "Incredible"

    Impossible to put down... perfectly narrated... you'll get completely lost in the characters of this book,.. heart swelling, laughing and breaking as it all unfolds... 5 stars!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Chong Melbourne, Australia 31/08/2017
    K. Chong Melbourne, Australia 31/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Compelling story and performance"

    If you liked the Rosie Project you'll love this book, which has a troubled female protagonist who you immediately empathise with.

    The performance is stunning. Cathleen McCarron's reading is nuanced and subtle and she brings all the characters to life in a very realistic manner.

    Easily one of the best audiobooks I've experience.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bernadette Johnstone Bridgetown, WA, AU 02/11/2017
    Bernadette Johnstone Bridgetown, WA, AU 02/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable characters"

    A nice listen with good characters and an interesting storyline - you kind of figure out where it is going pretty early on but still enjoyable - could imagine it as a TV series actually.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bec 29/10/2017
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    "So much better than completely fine"

    What a wonderful book and performance. I loved everything about the flawed Eleanor; sad, blunt and completely hilarious. A beautiful account of the power of friendship and healing, and our ability as humans to recover from trauma. Coupled with a sensational narrator I can’t recommend this highly enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 12/10/2017
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    "Amazing book with so many layers!"

    uplifting, curious, tragic and deep, this book touches perfectly on some of the many ways people manage to deal with grief, loss and tragedy in their past.

    Eleanor is a gentle and quirky character with a dark past, she can come across as short or rude at times however you come to learn as you read this, that trauma combined with other disorders are at play, and travelling with her as she gains new skills, forms new connections and deals with her complex life and history is an absolute pleasure.

    i am grateful that this book touches on mental health, trauma and so many other important issues and doesn't rely on a typical female meets male and romance ensues style of writing. this is easily now on the list of my favourite books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 18/08/2017
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    "Utterly charming"

    A wonderful and captivating read. Witty, melancholy, and completely uplifting.

    I could listen again & again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean West Australia 25/07/2017
    Jean West Australia 25/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant "

    Enjoyed from the very beginning
    To the final chapter .
    Narrator was so perfect , best book this year so far

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie from Perth WA 01/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Captivating"

    Beautifully narrated. This story was both haunting and uplifting. You can't help liking dear Ms Oliphant.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lisapisa 23/11/2017
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    "Boring drivel. my precious time wasted "

    there are 1000's of great books I should be listening to, instead of wasting 10 hours of my life trudging on hoping the inane drivel would somehow improve and live up to the high ratings this book has online.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Erickson
    10/01/18
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    "Could not put it down"

    Wonderful sweet narrative, a nice mixture of sad and funny. Amazing reader, I stayed up listening till sunrise.

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  • adi
    4/01/18
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    "best I've read in 2017! "

    different, funny and sad. more than just light listening yet fun and funny. Eleanor Oliphant is way more than just fine!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn @theBookDate
    Paraparaumu, New Zealand
    24/10/17
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    "Eleanor my favourite character of 2017"

    Eleanor just might be my favourite character of 2017. What a story with a little twist and the end. If possible and you are into audiobooks this is the way to go. The narrator is a perfect Eleanor. Kathleen McCarron does a fine piece of work with this book. Gail Honeyman has written a unique book that captures the heart and draws the reader in. Excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SheenaB
    9/09/17
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    "Funny and tragic"
    What made the experience of listening to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine the most enjoyable?

    The narrator skilfully carries the story without over characterisation. The story is carried with a lightness and humour that is so hard to deliver when that story is filled with human pain and suffering.


    What does Cathleen McCarron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Maybe the warmth of the characters. The slight accent emphasised the context.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! Lots of laughs, lots of warmth and compassion.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this story. A rare find.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aliza Yael Raz Melzer
    New York, New York, US
    26/08/17
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    "Candid, shocking, mesmerizing."

    Beautifully written and beautifully narrated. A story that refuses to go away, unfolding carefully and gently, optimistic despite the horror.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christel
    19/08/17
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    "Wonderfull an intriging book!"

    Beautiful book, slow pace (which I found fit with the content), well read and it ensures that you appreciate the stability of your own life a little more, I would highly recommend it: both the smile and the tear ... .

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  • Anja Hennie Halmøy Fredriksen
    8/08/17
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    "Good read!"

    I liked the story and I liked the performance of the reader very much! I would recommend it for summer reading :-)

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  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    30/06/17
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    "Viva Eleanor!"

    This is a great debut novel from a mature author and which goes to prove that it is never too late to start your writing career. Eleanor is a character we could all probably recognise. She is the office misfit who shows no interest in joining in with the general gossip and chitchat and whose appearance is functional rather than attractive. Like many similar people she has disappeared into the background and is only noticed when she retaliates after being mocked. Despite her isolation Eleanor is no shrinking violet and we quickly learn from her excessive weekend drinking habits that there is something seriously wrong in her life.
    This is the story of Eleanor’s reawakening and from it we learn the importance of human interaction which is the food and drink of everybody’s soul. The development of Eleanor’s relationship with the office nice guy /slob is a joyous awakening to the possibility of a better life. This is a splendid story filled with laughter and love but also the damage that one evil person can wreak on innocent people.
    At times it is a difficult listen and the excellent narrator delivers some very hard emotional punches but it all adds up into a tale of hope and a lesson to make us value our friends, colleagues and the whole darned world (including the cats).

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Ann D
    Newcastle, England
    30/07/17
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    "Wonderful book, superb narration!"

    This is one of the best books I have read/listened to. It is beautifully written, with a light touch (no underestimating the reader here) exploring many difficult issues for a women with a traumatic childhood history. In addition to understandable psychological problems, the main protagonist also has mild aspergers syndrome. All of the characters are extremely well drawn, and I loved many of them. Despite the subject matter, it is not always intense (though at appropriate times, it is). There are warm and lovely moments, laugh out loud moments and moments that may move you to tears. Not a single word is wasted here.

    In addition, the narration for the audiobook may be the best I have heard. I have several favourite narrators who are always engaging and faultless. McCarron brings something more though. Her ability with accents and in varying voices is at such a high standard as to be remarkable. I keenly look forward to more by this author and I will probably try audiobooks that I might not otherwise when narrated by McCarron.

    Highly recommended.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • jenny wren
    England
    27/06/17
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    "Deliciously original quirky story about loneliness"

    Loved this book! Beautifully written story dealing with loneliness and the effects of tragedy in childhood. Optimistic, sensitive, emotionally congruent - and with literary depth. The reader makes the book sing.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • jo
    24/05/17
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    "grows on you"

    it started off a bit slow but it turned out to be a very lovely book indeed

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Magikmum
    15/07/17
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    "I loved Eleanor"

    This was a beautiful uplifting story. Eleanor's stream of consciousness rifting. Could there be a sequel!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Oakover
    14/07/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    Just brilliant. The story is gripping and the narration is excellent. One of those books you just don't want to end. I rationed myself! I'd recommend this to anyone. Good luck Eleanor Oliphant!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Donna Mac
    18/07/17
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    "Wonderful audiobook"

    This is a fabulous audiobook which I cannot recommend highly enough. The writing is spot-on. Eleanor is superbly brought to life in the most painstaking and heart wrenching way. Seeing her reborn, almost, is really special. Loved all the other characters too, especially Raymond and his mum. All the small details are what make this book special and bring it to life.
    I hope the author has another book out very soon.
    The narrator was brilliant too. This is the best book I have listened to on Audible.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    12/06/17
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    "Loved it!"

    Narrater's voice is perfect for this unnerving, slightly sinister tale. Best book I've come across in a while. Highly recommend

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    12/07/17
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    "Amazing. Touching. Complete"

    I loved this book- it's really out of my normal genre (crime drama) this is a wonderful, complete story of a woman on her journey of recovering from childhood trauma.
    The characters are excellent, voices brilliant. I could not put this down. You'll be so pleased you listened to this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Geraldine
    25/06/17
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    "Brilliant debut!"
    What did you like most about Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine?

    Extremely enjoyable book, excellent characterization.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character of Eleanor is beautifully crafted.


    What about Cathleen McCarron’s performance did you like?

    Cathleen McCarron did a superb job of bringing the entire cast of characters to life. Perfect narration!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Honeyman strikes a lovely balance between deeply poignant scenes and gentle humour.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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