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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Summary
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Review
Now that I’m here writing this, I feel like I don’t even need to write a review. (Except I do, because it was that good, and I want to write nice things about it!) This is the book that has been everywhere lately, and honestly, I half started it out of obligation. But from the very start I was hooked.
I listened to Eleanor on audiobook, which I highly recommend. (I have a bit of a neck problem that can make reading a physical book hard sometimes, so I have been venturing into audiobooks a bit more recently, and I will definitely be doing a post on it sometime in the near future.)
The audiobook is narrated by Cathleen McCarron, and has also gotten rave reviews. Her accents are flawlessly done, which I think really added to the atmosphere as the book is set in Glasgow. Also, the voice of Mummy will send shivers down your spine. *
From the very beginning, I didn’t get Eleanor — although she made me laugh with her relatable and very quotable observations, she was rude and at times uncomfortable to hear about. I didn’t like Raymond all that much either, if we’re being honest — Eleanor’s description wasn’t very flattering.
However, as is said at one point, it really takes much longer than ten seconds to recognize a person for who they are, and the novel proves it well. By the end, you will be in love with the characters, I guarantee it.
Y’all, this novel is so pure. At its heart it deals with loneliness, and regardless of Eleanor’s quirks and eccentricities, she is understood by anyone who has ever felt alone. I can’t stress enough how well-done this story is. Eleanor is as unreliable a narrator as they come, yet portrays an accurate view of the world around her, in which the reader notices things Eleanor can’t.
I will say that it gets a bit dark at points, and although it is done beautifully and truthfully, personally I had a bit of a hard time with some of the subject matter and would advise those who are sensitive to mental health topics to be sure they are in the right mindset to read this one. It is absolutely worth it and nothing to balk at — just a warning be mindful of the timing.
All the beautiful realizations and lovely friendships in this novel make me very glad I felt peer-pressured into reading it. Jump on the bandwagon.
* P.S. I may or may not be newly obsessed with libro.fm. (I have only listened to one book using it, so time will tell and I will definitely have more updates.) I have wanted to do audiobooks for a long time now, but just couldn’t bring myself to subscribe to Audible since it’s owned by Amazon. Then, my favorite bookstore in the whole wide world (The Bookshelf) alerted me to the fact that you can buy audiobooks and support the indie bookstore of your choice using libro.fm. Life-changing. **
** Not an ad, I swear.