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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

A Novel
Auteur(s): Gail Honeyman
Narrateur(s): Cathleen McCarron
Durée: 11 h et 2 min
Catégories: Littérature, Contemporain
4.5 out of 5 stars (1 577 évaluations)

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Editors Select, May 2017

Eleanor Oliphant is the kind of literary character who absolutely shines in audio. She is distinctly cranky and uniquely out of touch with the trends of the day and has warped ideas about proper social etiquette. Thanks to the brilliant performance by narrator Cathleen McCarron, we get to hear Eleanor's hysterically deadpan inner dialogue with the Scottish brogue it deserves (as opposed to the American version I would have imagined while reading). In a chance encounter, Eleanor finds unlikely friends who help her slowly break through mental and emotional barriers that at one time served the very necessary purpose of self-preservation. As her past is revealed and remembered, Eleanor becomes an even richer character and all the more a lovable weirdo you can't help but root for. —Tricia, Audible Editor

Description

Number-one New York Times best-seller and the perfect holiday gift.

A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

"Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!" (Reese Witherspoon)

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.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting 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

Ce que les critiques en disent

"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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Loved!!

The story, the performance, the characters - all brilliantly done! Pulled me into the story right from the start and didn’t let me go until I was finished

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  • TMH
  • 2018-01-13

I think we all know an Eleanor Oliphant

This was a surprisingly good read! I was able to connect well with Eleanor and all the characters. I loved that the author was able to reverse Eleanor's awkward ways into thinking everyone else was peculiar, not her.
There were laugh out loud moments, awkward moments, compassionate moments, despairing moments, and if you are from the UK, an appreciation for the softly spoken Scottish dialect, and familiar terms.
I feel that the author's choice of making us aware of loneliness is important. I believe we all know an Eleanor Oliphant, someone who claims they are just fine, but lives an isolated life, who is a little different, but longs for acceptance, and love.
I would heartily recommend this book. I look forward to more from Gail Honeyman.

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Beautiful story on human connections

We forget very easily how very basic human connections we have with other people around us like talking and touching are crucial to our sanity and necessary for our survival.

I loved how we got to know Eleanor, piece by piece, somewhat OK on the surface while trying to deny her horrendous past. A survival technique she used so that she could function, which at some point was not anymore successful.

While listening to this, I had to laugh loud several times especially when she was experiencing something trivial for the first time, like ordering a drink, and wanted to look normal and experienced. She reminded me of myself!

The performance and narration was great too! Gave the great story an edge.

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Oddly wonderful

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Eleanor is both quirky and endearing. I will think of her and her story often.

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wonderful book so well written

the writing is brilliant the characters lovable and the heart wrenching story is speckled with wit loved it!

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Depressing and predictable

I was really hoping this book was going to surprise me in the end with some kind of plot twist I didn't see coming in the first 10 minutes. It did not.

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Funny at times, but a bit dry

The story is humorous, and the main character is endearing, but the book is kind of tedious.

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A testimony to the power of kindness

I especially appreciate the narrator’s accents and play with voices. Contributes to the audio version, beyond print may have offered.


Certainly a unique experience to hear articulated so accurately, a familiar story.

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Boring, good narration

Very boring & predictable story but great narrator. At times the story was very long and depressing.

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Fantastically Witty, Sad, and Interesting!

This was a great listen. Voice actor was superb and writing was delightful. The author does a great job writing the perspective of Eleanor (you'll understand after reading/listening). The humor is unexpected and on many occasions I laughed out loud.

A good option for those of us who are drawn to melancholy stories with sharp wit and dark humor.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 2017-08-07

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!

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  • Janna
  • 2017-07-15

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.

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  • N. Thompson
  • 2017-06-20

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.

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  • Pamela J
  • 2017-05-30

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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  • DQmaine
  • 2017-05-14

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.

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  • Eri
  • 2017-06-23

A wonderful read with a heroine you root for

What about Cathleen McCarron’s performance did you like?

Cathleen McCarron did an excellent job with the narration. The only thing I would criticize was the Scottish accent she gave to Eleanor's coworkers in the beginning of the book. It was so affected that I could barely follow the conversation and it almost put me off reading the rest for fear I wouldn't be able to understand the accents. Luckily, that was just a tiny moment of the book and the narration for the rest was wonderful.

Any additional comments?

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! I often find that literature that is set in the present time and culturally relevant at the time of its publication has a way of feeling fleeting and immediately stale. This was most certainly not the case here! Though it interspersed a few occasional pop culture and modern societal references, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a book that could survive the test of time. The main reason, I think, is that it is not a story of the present; it is a story that simply happens to be set in the present. Eleanor Oliphant is really a story of human nature and emotion.

Eleanor is a phenomenal character. I was invested in learning more about her from the very beginning. I didn't initially know what to expect of Eleanor's character and my first thoughts were that the book would end up being a story about some kind of sociopath. Eleanor does possess some characteristics that fit the bill. However, as the story went on I went from being morbidly interested to falling in love with her as a character. Her development was, in my opinion, flawless.

Eleanor's journey is beautifully illustrated. It is an emotional journey for the reader as well. We follow her from a life of mundane mere-existence, to one of delusion - in which she would like to live, but does not yet have the courage - and in which the meager beginnings of a real life are hardly noticed by her. And then, slowly, she begins to try living somewhere in the middle of that, before reality strikes and she falls from the top of the small hill she has scaled, down far past where she started, to complete rock bottom. And in the end we get to watch her discover joy and blossom in every aspect of life. And as a reader, I was rooting for her every step of the way and willing her to make it through.

The way that Eleanor's demons and struggles and inadequacies slowly come to light is nothing short of brilliant. Although the entirety of Eleanor's traumatic past is never revealed until the final few pages, bits and pieces are masterfully woven into the story - subtly, with hints and small details here and there, just enough so that we are able to put it together but have not been patronized with overtness. And this works so perfectly because when Eleanor's story finally comes out, we are simply letting out our breath - not for assuaged curiosity, for we already know - but because we have been holding it for Eleanor and realize what that revelation means to her and for her. And that is what is so perfect about it. The ending was about Eleanor - just Eleanor - and her ultimate healing after an unbelievable journey.

This was a beautiful story about brokenness, coping (and lack thereof), growing, and becoming whole again, or for the first time. Eleanor's journey included learning some of what most would consider the fundamentals of what it means to be human - to be loved, and to love in return. To follow her journey was so greatly rewarding and an uplifting reminder of what we can overcome as people - particularly in regards to the past. Five stars!!

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  • ArtepG
  • 2017-06-16

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....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-29

Terrific narration, but I didn't care for this.

I understand that tons of people loved this book, but I didn't. It's not that I hated it at all, the characters were well developed and I really felt for Eleanor. It's that the story really didn't have a purpose, other than to follow the life of this socially awkward, borderline autistic woman. The last 1/4th of the book was the most interesting, but was also very dark. I am just coming off of The Alice Network and Next Year in Havana, which I found much more enjoyable. This was hard to get through and I often found myself asking why I was listening. I finished it because of all the great reviews and thought maybe I was missing something. Yes, it was a deeply profound book, but not at all entertaining to me. However, then narrator was EXCELLENT.

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  • Rebecca J. Leamon
  • 2017-05-27

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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  • ilene
  • 2017-05-11

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!

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