Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group


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DBRL_AlyssaW Sep 24, 2020

For the first few chapters of the book, Eleanor is so cringey that I almost stopped reading. I am so glad I stuck with it, though. This book was wonderful. If you liked "A Man Called Ove," you will likely enjoy this as well because it evokes similar emotions. Like Ove, Eleanor is far from pleasant or likeable, but you cannot help growing to like her for her earnestness and snark. The other characters (particularly Raymond) were equally delightful. I agree with a previous commenter that I did not want the audiobook to end. It felt like saying goodbye to friends!

Jul 19, 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is not completely fine. This novel is an excellent description of the gradual revelation of repressed memories and how abused humans find ways to reproduce abuse to master it or because they know nothing different. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Apr 13, 2019

I normally don’t read fiction but decided to listen to this. I will admit I immediately got sucked in. I really enjoyed this, but found the Big Surprise NOT surprising since it was obvious where this was going. I highly recommend the first 90% of the book.

DCLadults Jul 25, 2018

I absolutely loved the reader of this book! She brought Eleanor alive to me in a way that my internal voice couldn't.
I chuckled, laughed out loud and was constantly moved by the humanism of Eleanor Oliphant. She is quirky, unfiltered, yet lovable in her struggles with appropriate social skills. She befriends Raymond, the unhygienic IT guy from her office, and through a chance encounter with a stranger, Eleanor learns to rely on the support of friendship and human connection.
Highly recommended. Soon to be a motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon.

emblight Mar 28, 2018

I enjoyed listening to this story, which is both touching and entertaining. I was sorry when it came to an end, particularly as the narration was so well done.

Jan 26, 2018

This book is fantastic, I especially loved listening to it because of the Scottish narrator. The main character is very likable and interesting.

Dec 06, 2017

Loved this book. Beautifully written and read. A coming of age mystery with a lovable and funny main character. Set in Glasgow.

Nov 24, 2017

A very good read. This character's struggle is very brave and it amazed me more than expected.


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Mar 26, 2020

“...loneliness is hallmarked by an intense desire to bring the experience to a close; something which cannot be achieved by getting out more, but only by developing intimate connections. This is far easier said than done, especially for people whose loneliness arises from a state of loss, exile or prejudice, who have reason to fear or mistrust as well as long for the society of others.” The Lonely City by Olivia Laing (epigraph)

Mar 26, 2020

“There is no happiness like being loved by your fellow creatures and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” Jane Eyre


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