Time to read – or rather – time to listen.

“Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman

I haven’t been listening to a book for some time now, men since I’ve seen this one “everywhere”, I looked for it at “Storytel”.

It was available there, and I choose to listen to it in its original fashion. In English – with Scottish and all. And that was a hit! The best choice!

(The women who read the Swedish version sounded so utterly boring and harsh. And I don’t think she even tried to sound “Scottish”.)

I got hooked! Immediately!

Beforehand, I had thought it might be one of those easy-to-read, more or less shallow books with some laughs, some tears, and some romantic. Like those romantic Christmas movies provided by Hallmarks. 😦

Oh, GOD! This was so much more. So. Much. More!!!

So beautifully and extremely well written – which I love.
Written in the first person – which I also love.
The story built up so tenderly, so real, so… you see the persons and the sceneries before you as if you were there, with them. Experiencing what they experience. Hear, see, smell, taste – feel…

Oh! That Mommy!

I cried immensely! And laughed. And felt a lot inside me.

Couldn’t let go of the iPhone and the earplugs, so during two days – for in total 11 hours 36 minutes – I was literally hooked to this book.

I think I want to buy it as a physical book! (Which means like 5 stars, from me.)

 

 

“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.” – Goodreads

 

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“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

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9 thoughts on “Time to read – or rather – time to listen.

  1. I haven’t listened to many books, Thea, and never considered that the accent would be so important. I have a long long ride coming up later this month…hmmm… I think I see an audiobook in my future! Great review!

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    1. Earlier in my life I never did. Except! During a period some 10 years ago or so, I was during weekdays cleaning a Cinema. Then I had a Mp3 player where I had to lay in the book I wanted to listened to. Borrowed as CD at the library, (can’t the technical lingo here), into the PC and then over to the Mp3 player. Only listened to it during work.
      Nowadays it’s so easy. It seems to be many ways to listen to books. Just an App, just chose (choose? 😀 ) what book to listen to, and then listen! Online or downloaded!

      When a story takes place in Glasgow, as this one, it really adds something to it when the reader reads in a way that make the story alive. Including with a Scottish accent. But only when people talk, and the reader have different voices for each person – and never in the actual body text. Just dialogs and such.
      This reader, Cathleen McCarron, is magnificent!

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