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Monday, May 27, 2013

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell [Audiobook Review]

Eleanor & Park
By Rainbow Rowell
Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
Release Date: 02-26-13
Published by Listening Library
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Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.

So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.

I’m not kidding, he says.

You should be, she says, we’re 16.

What about Romeo and Juliet?

Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.

Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.

I’m not kidding, he says.

You should be.

Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.
At a Glance:

I can't even tell you how much I loved this book.  There were some hard things dealt with, and there was some really rough language, but the story was so beautiful, charming, inspirational, endearing, funny, and all the other positive adjectives.  Once I started listening, I couldn't stop.  I fell completely head-over-heals for Eleanor & Park, and so will you!


This audiobook was so freaking awesome!  I absolutely loved it.  There were two narrators, Rebecca Lowman, who I'm a huge fan of, read for Eleanor, and Sunil Malhotra for Park.  I couldn't have asked for better narrators.  They just completely imbibed all the feelings and characteristics of these two teens perfectly!  I especially loved Rebecca's narration.  She does such a phenomenal job of creating different characters with her voices, and is fantastic with male characters as well as females.  It was awesome, you should definitely listen to this one.  I started it in the morning and listened the entire day while I was packing up my house to move.  It made the day a lot more enjoyable!

Eleanor & Park

Why did I wait so long to listen to this?  I've had it for a long time, and I actually started it awhile back, but quit.  I guess the reason was that it starts out with a LOT of language.  There were a bunch of F-bombs dropped really quickly (bullies on a bus), and that's just not my thing.  Also, I don't read much contemporary.  BUT, I heard so many trusted friends talk about how fantastic this book was, so I finally pushed through and gave it another shot.  I'm so, so glad I did.  I don't think I've ever cried reading a book, but I came pretty darn close this time.  This book just made me feel EVERYTHING!

Eleanor has a rough, rough life.  I just wanted to string her mother up by her toenails and slap some sense into her.  Seriously!  I felt so bad for her, I wanted to adopt her!  Then there was Park.  I have no words!  At first I thought he was a jerk, then all of a sudden, no....he's amazing.  AMAZING.  I loved how awkward he was, but still so cute a funny!  His family was so fantastic!  I absolutely loved his mother!  And even though his dad could be a little tough sometimes, the relationship between Park's dad and mom was just sigh-worthy! 

There were so many things that I loved about this book.  All the characters, the setting, the oddities of everyone, the way it made me feel happy, then frustrated, then excited, then scared (HER STUPID DAD), then sad, then hopeful.  It was all just.....awesome.  Just completely awesome. 

If you've been putting this one off, or if you don't usually read contemporary, just stop now, and give this book a shot.  You will fall in love with Eleanor & Park too!

  • Sexual Content: Moderate
  • Profanity: Very Heavy
  • Violence: Moderate (Abuse)
  • Other Notables:  Abusive parents, underage drinking, bullying, body image issues


  1. This book looks really great. I wish there was less profanity, but I still think I'll pick it up. :) Thanks for the review!

    1. It makes me cringe, but it was worth it in the end. :D

  2. I'm sure I bristled at the profanity at first but now, months after reading this, I had completely forgotten. I was just left with the glorious feeling of absolutely loving this book!

    1. *Sigh* yes, it is just so fantastic!! I can't wait to read Fangirl!!!

  3. I bought a Hardcover copy of this and can't wait to get to it! All of my trusted blogger friends have loved it so I am sure I will too!! Great review!! I might have to check out the audio.

    1. YES! And I just found out that Rebecca Lowman also reads Fangirl, so I'm really excited about that! :D

  4. I loved this audio too! The story was really well done.

    1. YAY! I'm glad you liked it too! I actually just met Rainbow this week and she said she loved the audiobook reader and that Rebecca Lowman is going to read Fangirl as well! I'm so excited!

  5. OOooooo I must get this. I've been reading Attachments and I love it. I'm quickly becoming a RR fan.

    I love when they do different narrators.

    Great review.

    1. YES!! Get it!! I loved the different narrators, you should get the audio :D


  6. Oh how I love when a book gets to you that you are so full of emotion. I haven't read it either and now I know I will be just as frustrated about not getting to know something… Still, I do want to read it so bad!

  7. This was a beautiful and sweet story that everyone should read. It's about love, loss, heartbreak and the glory of 80s rock.


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