Staff Picks: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine has been an in-house favorite since day one. Socially awkward and lonely, but wistful for a better future, Eleanor is a character you can’t help but root for. And we’re not alone in loving her. Actress Reese Witherspoon said, “I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger.”

Hear more about why you should plug into this Audie Award winner:

“The voice—both Eleanor Oliphant’s and narrator Cathleen McCarron’s—is pitch perfect. Eleanor’s quirky (and often strange) view of the world made me laugh. As the truth about her life unfolded I came to love her and root for her. Eleanor is completely and utterly fine!” ‒Louise Quayle, editor

“Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is entirely unexpected. The listener is drawn in by funny oddball Eleanor—brought to life by Cathleen McCarron’s perfect narration—but the story that unfolds is more multifaceted than anyone could guess. It’s equal parts heartbreaking, uplifting, and incredibly clever.” ‒Erin Murphy, assistant, creative marketing

“It will make you cry. It will make you smile. Then you will laugh out loud. It will break your heart and then mend it again. So wonderful.” ─Jen Childs, vice president, library marketing

“Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is quite touching. Eleanor herself is quirky and blunt and made hilarious due to the excellent narration of Cathleen McCarron. McCarron manages to pick up every nuance that Eleanor feels and reflect that in her tone, making listeners really feel as though they know Eleanor personally. I loved listening to this audiobook, and I can’t wait to check out what other titles McCarron has narrated.” ‒Brieana Garcia, associate, strategic marketing



“Cathleen McCarron’s narration of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is fantastic. She brings Eleanor to life—full of quirks, hidden vulnerabilities, and a tell-it-like-it-is attitude. The story of Eleanor’s complex and dismal past is countered with humor and the rosy glow of newfound relationships of all kinds. It’s a listen that will take you by surprise.” ‒Taraneh DJangi, senior manager, creative marketing

“Eleanor Oliphant is a character you will want to introduce to every reader you know. She is heartbreaking, endearing and utterly unforgettable. I wanted to hug this book when I was done.” ─Kelly Coyle Crivelli, senior manager, library marketing

“Eleanor Oliphant has stayed with me as a book, but more importantly as a character. She’s witty, weird, and unknowingly wise. Her personality comes to life in the narration by Cathleen McCarron, and it’s an audio I recommend to everyone. Don’t miss out on Eleanor!” ‒Maren McCamley, associate director, sales

“I just finished listening to this, and I loved it! Eleanor’s quirkiness makes this storyline seem lighthearted, but the story itself is dark and gripping. You can’t help but love Eleanor as she grapples with fitting in, and her one-liners literally made me laugh out loud. This recording has stuck with me, and this title is one that I think really blossoms in the audio format. I recommend it to anyone looking for a meaningful and enjoyable listen.” ‒Vicki Tomao, associate director, strategic marketing

“Lucky are those who are just beginning to dive into [Eleanor Oliphant]…Sharply written and full of heart. Simply irresistible.” ─Erica Melnichok, senior manager, library marketing

“Eleanor Oliphant will make you cry, both from laughing so hard and from the heartbreaking life she leads. I’ve never felt so protective of a character before.” ─Chelsea Newbould, coordinator, library marketing

“Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the type of book you want to curl up with on a rainy day. Though tinged with sadness, this story is ultimately one of hope, community, and compassion. Best of all, Eleanor is a one-of-a-kind character you’ll cheer for and laugh with; she’s unforgettable.” ‒Megan Mills, associate editor