Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.
©2012 Rainbow Rowell (P)2013 Listening Library
I'm really not an expert on books and narration, but I can say the book was a little dull sometimes. I also really didn't like the male voiceactor's voice for Eleanor. A very sweet book. I really liked the beginning, when Elaenor and Park began their romance in the bus
The narrator bugs the crap out of me.. I hate it when the male narrator of Park voices Eleanor in a weird prepubescent voice. You know the kind of things that make people cringe? It's this narrator trying to voice a 16 year old girl. But overall the storyline was good and addictive (though it got too draggy before the climax in my opinion), the female narrator was not bad at all.
Lovely book, great story, very nice performance by 2 narrators. This was the first audiobook I heard narrated by two different people, and I must say it really worked well in this case, since the chapters alternate between two POVs.
Recommended to all.
difficult adorable love
how different the 2 main characters worlds are, but seem to both be outsiders in their worlds to the point where they fit together
they both set a mood for the story so well
not giving out spoilers
Yes, I love the story and the voice is very fluent- easy, relaxing read
Voices are pleasant and easy to listen to
I love this book, and I especially love the audio book. Eleanor & Park have two narrators, and both actors do a wonderful job. This little novel is greater than the sum of its parts. Yes, it is the story about two teenagers falling in love commuting to school. It is also a story about class, gender and growing up in a broken home. And also about music, comics and discovering your inner geek.
"Awesome and tragic and wonderful"
No, once was enough. It's a brilliant book but I don't reread books that are, quite frankly, depressing.
I can't think of any to directly compare to this, I do t usually read teenage angst books so I suppose the closest thing I can think of is Tess of the durbervilles . That was another book that left me feeling morose despite it being a bloody good book.
This was my first time listening to these guys. I thought Sunil was just brilliant and I think rebecca low mans performance was just a bit to depressingly emotive but none the less good. I think I would have preferred to hear Eleanor being a little more upbeat on a few occasions those occasions when she was with park, I imagine she would have at least not sounded so miserable then.
"Bittersweet first love romance"
This is love on a school bus filled with comic books and the joy of hearing Joy Division for the very first time. The cynic in me says that the author cleverly set this in the 1980s to draw in an audience from a bigger age demographic. Cynicism aside, the two main protagonists are great eccentric characters and their romance is beautifully written. This is further injected with some gritty realism as is Eleanor suffering a ghastly home life under the tyranny of her brutish stepfather.
In summary I would say that this is an excellent book for people with more recent memories of their school life and and the helplessness of living under the rule of monstrous adults. You only have to look at the internet to see how much this has touched the hearts of young adults around the world.
"Really wonderful, keep thinking about it"
Both voice actors were great and brought a great sense of character to the story. They were also adept at voicing other characters as well as Eleanor and Park in a distinctive and believable way. Also, Eleanor and Park were each voiced well by the alternate actor (if that makes sense). The female voice actor in particular has a very dreamy, thoughtful voice that fit the character really well.
It's funny because while I was listening to this book, I really liked it, but I probably wouldn't have said I loved it. But since finishing it 2 weeks ago, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. The characters and story keep popping back into my head. I have gone and binge-read Rainbow Rowell's other books and am wondering if it's too soon to re-read Eleanor and Park again! It was just a very gentle yet moving, real portrayal of a teenage relationship. I felt like, for 9 hours, I knew those characters as though they were real people.
Any scenes with Park's mum! The scene where Eleanor is in her gym suit has stuck in my mind. Also the scene near the end where Park talks to his Dad about what he is going to do (don't want to give anything away). Lots of the scenes towards the end were really moving. And also just the whole slow buildup of their courtship on the bus. Courtship is a super old-fashioned word to use but it seems like the right one: the slow-burn of their relationship made it feel really real and it was oddly beautiful, made me yearn a little bit for pre-social media days before everything was so instantaneous all the time. (Being a 90s kid myself, I also found lots of the 80s things like walkmen and mixtapes felt really familiar and nostalgic.)
Highly recommended. I hope Audible gets more Rainbow Rowell books soon. Go out and read everything of hers!!
"Excellent performances, characters and story"
Loved both narrators, especially the one who played Eleanor. They really brought to life the vivid characters and relationships created by the author. Heart-warming but not sickly or unrealistic. Great story.
"The greatest book I've listened to."
I adored this book BUT PLEASE WHAT WERE THE 3 WORDS!? I miss you or I love you!?!?
Amazing listen a must for anyone
It was great start to finish and even after caps of leave you fell straight back into it
Loved the whole thing and I fell in love with the characters. I found it realy cool how the narrators changed there voices to represent each person while having the male or female voice. Overall an amazing story that I will never forget!!!
"Amazing rollercoaster story"
So heartbreaking but so sweet. It is a very emotional storyline and the narrators played it very well! Made me very happy but also very sad at some parts. Such a gripping tale.
"Intriguing and Enjoyable"
different, intriguing, enjoyable
I love the way that this is presented from each of the main teenage characters perspective. The music references are great as it is of my generation. It was tense in places and intriguing a modern day Romeo & Juliet. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will listen again.
Characterisation. It is so well read it was like listening to a mini drama, although it isn't mini
20th Century Romeo & Juliet
I was a tad disappointed by the abrupt ending - I just didn't see it coming! - hence 4 stars for the story.
"A beautiful teenage relationship builds"
I would look out for another book narrated by these two - I particularly enjoyed Sunil's perfomrance, and the balance between the two of them was well cast.
I haven't listened to any before.
My favourite scene was when Park's other insisted on doing Eleanor's hair, and how helpless the two felt. Her love and attention to detail highlighted the neglect and abuse by Eleanor's own family set up.
The book was complete and perfect on its own
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