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Publisher's Summary

No one's ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

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. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes...

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

©2017 Gail Honeyman (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Move over, Ove (in Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove) - there's a new curmudgeon to love." (Booklist )
"Eleanor Oliphant is a truly original literary creation: funny, touching, and unpredictable. Her journey out of dark shadows is absolutely gripping." (Jojo Moyes, New York Times best-selling author of Me Before You)
"Narrator Cathleen McCarron's articulated British accent and studied pacing lend weight to Eleanor's apparent alienation from the world - and her immediate charm to listeners.... While supporting characters are well defined with distinct voices and accents, McCarron especially shines in setting the story's emotional tone." (AudioFile)

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Please be warned

This story is extremely dark. It is a lurking, creeping kind of dark. It is excellently written and narrated, don't get me wrong, but if I had known how hard it was, I'd have opted for a different title. I have enough hard in my own life right now, this about set me over the edge. Just a warning for other sensitive souls out there.

200 of 210 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 08-07-17

Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

The publisher gives a great summary. Most of the other reviewers concur with my judgment that this is a must-read story that you just won't ever forget. Truly delightful but with a big dab of the bittersweet. Yes, it has some tough emotional moments but that is what makes it multi-dimensional and wonderful.

Who is Eleanor Oliphant? She keeps to herself, preferring her own company in all situations. She is prim and proper, has strong beliefs about good manners and such. She dresses a bit oddly, probably looks like your dowdy old aunt, but is in fact, a young lady. Eleanor has experienced very little of life, at least, its good parts. Her childhood has been very dark and she is still dominated by Mommy, whom she talks with every week. Eleanor is very intelligent yet could be described as a self-contained island.

But things are about to change, starting with a bikini wax--OUCH! And more importantly, an IT guy with sloppy clothing and even poorer hygiene, who somehow worms his way into Eleanor's life after they both observe an elderly gentleman fall and injure himself on the sidewalk by work. The two come to his rescue--Eleanor would have ignored the incident but is guilted into becoming involved by co-worker, Raymond.

That is really all you need to know about this audiobook. It is best to go into this story with as little information as possible and enjoy it as the surprises unfold.

After a slowish start, I became mesmerized and couldn't get the story out of my head. I didn't want to stop listening and yet I didn't want to finish it, either.

Narration was perfection. How lucky for author Honeyman to get such a talented performer as McCarron to read her first novel.

This is one of the good ones, folks. Don't miss it!

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Eleanor sneaks up on you

I admit to struggling with this book at the beginning - - Eleanor just felt like such a bitter pill to swallow, but brilliantly, and I mean BRILLIANTLY, the author snuck her right into my heart. Aided by one of the best narrators ever, that slow build into caring meant that by the time all of Eleanor is revealed I was so tied into her life that when the book ended I felt like I was waving goodbye to a family member. Now that's good writing, and this is an amazing book. Please don't be like me and dismiss it too quickly. By the end you and Eleanor will both be fine.

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  • Janna
  • Westminster, CO, United States
  • 07-15-17

Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

I wasn't sure about this book at first. Started a bit slow for me. However, it turned out to be completely engaging. You find yourself rooting for Eleanor, laughing at her faux pas and being completely enamored with her. I found myself tearing up more than once during this story. This is a wonderful story of how a person with a difficult past can evolve, grow and become who they are truly meant to be. Raymond is a solid character who guides Eleanor on her path to being who she has always wanted and needed to be. This is an absolutely excellent book. I listen to my audio books while commuting and found myself not wanting to get out of the car on several occasions.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Top 10 Best Books Ever Read

The narrator was perfectly suited to this wonderfully written book. We all know an odd duck like Eleanor Oliphant, but we often don't consider what kind of life leads to the way they are. This story is very funny a lot of the time, but there is a darkness creeping around the edges. Brilliantly narrated--would love to see this made into a movie.

53 of 57 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding

I LOVED this book! I loved the characters, particularly Eleanor, and gentle Raymond. Made me cry and laugh. Didn't want it to end....

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Beautiful

Stories like this don't come around that often . Everything about it is beautiful . The personalities, the storyline , the relationships, and of course impeccable narration. Unpredictable down to the last minute. Don't miss this sweet, emotional, and extremely well written book!

32 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Wow!!!

Every word. From beginning to end was captivating. A must read. 5 stars. A would step away thinking about Eleanor. Narrators Performance was award winning.

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Moving, Funny, Delightful!

This is my new "stop everyone and tell them to listen to it" item. . . McCarron does a lovely job with the nuances of accents, and Honeyman's story is heartwarming, painful, funny, and just understated enough to carry it all off. I just finished listening to this on Wednesday, and I'm considering listening to it again today--Saturday! The gradual development of Eleanor's world and world-view is deft and realistic. The story reminded me of a Fredrik Backman novel, but with a bit more depth of character. As I said before: you should listen to this one. It's a treat.

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Exquisite writing, fantastic narrator.

The detail, descriptions and subtle moments are just perfection. I will never forget this book and the character like no other that is Eleanor Oliphant. It's hard to put words around it now because it's still ruminating inside me but this was absolutely one of my all time favorites. Love the plot twist at the very end concerning her mother. Highly highly recommend this book.

23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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