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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
- A Novel
- By: Gail Honeyman
- Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
- Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.
Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!
- By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17
So annoying until she wasn't ...
Would you consider the audio edition of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine to be better than the print version?
YES. I had this thought multiple times while listening and encouraged a friend to buy the audiobook instead of the print version simply because Cathleen McCarron really nails it.
What did you like best about this story?
An outwardly unlikeable character who does a 180 is never a bad thing. Gail Honeyman handles this delicate creature with such grace. I couldn't stand Eleanor for maaaany chapters until ... I liked her. Just like that. There are some darker elements to this book that are unexpected and add depth to Eleanor, which I appreciated. I wasn't a fan of the so-called twist at the end; it was unnecessary. Other than that, no complaints.
What does Cathleen McCarron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
McCarron clearly did her homework. She made a fantastic book even better. Her read was full of warmth and humor and a little extra something you can't put your finger on but you know it sounds better than if you were reading it on your own.
If you could rename Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, what would you call it?
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Unlikeable Until She's Not
Any additional comments?
Do yourself a favor if you're on the fence and get this book ... totally worth it. I usually save my audiobooks for my hellish commute but I found myself putting my earbuds in and listening at home too. DO IT.
- A Novel
- By: Daryl Gregory
- Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
- Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.
Shades of Koontz
- By Todd S on 09-27-17
Slow start, but patience is your friend here.
What did you love best about Spoonbenders?
Gregory does a great job of weaving storylines and really nails the voice of each character. I just also appreciated the good old fashioned storytelling aspect to this book. He deftly combines realism and magic all while maintaining a sense of humor.
What does Ari Fliakos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Ari Fliakos is a ridiculously good narrator, the best I've heard. Not only are his voice masks on point, his inflection in every sentence is perfection - it's as though he spends hours prepping each page. I would listen to anything he reads.
If you could take any character from Spoonbenders out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Teddy Telemachus ... I'd like to see some up close sleight-of-hand while sipping my g&t.
Any additional comments?
The first third of the book did not grab me; I couldn't figure out if I liked it. Eventually as the storylines converged and the drama ratcheted I looked forward to listening during my commute home. By the time the denoument hit I was definitely along for the ride. It's a slow burn but worth it.
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