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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: Debut Sunday Times Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award winner 2017

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gail Honeyman

Narrated By: Cathleen McCarron

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers UK

Date: May 2017

Duration: 11 hours 26 minutes


• Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2017

• Winner of the Audie for Best Fiction Audiobook 2018

• No.1 Sunday Times bestseller

• Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon

'Funny, touching and unpredictable' Jojo Moyes

Winner of the Audie award for Best Fiction Audiobook 2018

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than... fine?

'Heartwrenching and wonderful' Nina Stibbe

'Deft, compassionate and moving' Paula McLain

'I adored it. Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut!' Joanna Cannon


  • Polly M.

    Wonderful! A great story, I lost a whole weekend listening to this but it was worth it. The narration was perfect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Andy M

    My wife's reading group rated this only the second 10/10 across the boards in 6 years. As a lover of Audio Books, but not generally the sort of books my wife reads, I thought I would give this one a try. Wow - I can see why she would spend evenings intermittently laughing and crying - At the start of the book Eleanor is far from fine, in fact, I almost instantly took a disliking to her - but so skillfully written and narrated is this book that you had to persevere. What I loved most about this was that Eleanor and her world is slowly laid open to the reader, her journey to date has not been great, but in the short timeframe described by this book, a new Eleanore emerges, although enough of the old is kept in place to make you realise that what were previously annoying flaws become amusing and sympathetic nuances and character traits. As a massive fan of audio books, aside from a good story, I need a good voice, in this case, Cathleen McCarron is sensational. Her voice acting is top rate as is her storytelling and general diction. With the geographical setting of this book plus the variety of ages and genders of the main characters she manages to add to Eleanor's story. I will certainly look for more books narrated by her. In short - Eleanor's story is probably the best all-around book I have read/listened to for many years. As a debut novel, it is astonishing and I will join the queue waiting for the next one. Gail Honeyman is a name to look out for. and you really will want to find out for yourself whether the title of the book is simply ironic, or is a statement of the truth. I think I know!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Ramya K

    An absolutely brilliant listen. The story is simply absorbing with interesting topics dealt with sympathetically through humour. The narration which is wonderful, brought the story and the characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Dani W.

    Great story and loveable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Hanako F.

    Wonderful story - I wasn't sure if it was the kind of story I would want to listen to on the poolside of a seaside resort, but I really enjoyed it and looked forward to listening to more. The narration with the different accents was brilliant as well! Would love to listen to it again.

  • Cathy B.

    Loved it after I'd got into it a bit. Eleanor is such a strange person and I really struggled with her initially- however she grew on me until I was very fond of her in the end. That's the whole point of the book I think. We make judgements about people all the time without knowing where their peculiarities come from. We miss out on so much because of our judgements. I ended up loving this book and chuckling along the way at her thoughts and discoveries as she enters relationships for the first time. Well narrated and a delightful, positive ending. Highly recommended

  • Rachel O.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Some of the plot I could pick early on but still enjoyed the journey to get there and some I did not se coming! The narrator was fabulous and I will definitely look for other books by the author and narrator. Definitely worth the use of a credit

  • Anonymous

    Narrative was a bit slow, too depricating and cynical at times for my liking. Mental illness is a very difficult theme to focus a piece of fiction on and still manage to entertain.

  • Carolyn G.

    A fantastic book and the narrator really helped to bring the characters to life.

  • Rebecca S.

    This was very different to the book that I expected but it was a great read. The narrator is wonderful. It was a very compulsive listen and I had trouble concentrating all weekend because I wanted to get back to Eleanor's world. The main character has a very twisted way of viewing the world which is funny at times and heartbreaking at others. I would definitely recommend this book.