Eleanor & Park

A Novel

Rowell, Rainbow

Audiobook CD - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Eleanor & Park
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.

Publisher: New York : Listening Library, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780385368261
Branch Call Number: CD YA ROWELL
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hr., 57 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Lowman, Rebecca
Malhotra, Sunil
Alternate Title: Eleanor and Park


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In the 1980s two misfits reluctantly meet on the dreaded school bus and slowly get to know one another. The main characters are interesting, unpredictable, and unforgettable.

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-- Provided by publisher.

Two misfits meet on the school bus (in the 80s) and are brought together by comic books and some of the music I loved in the 80s. Smart, wonderful dialogue, almost never too sappy. This title is also available in digital audio book.

"...the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try" (publisher)

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Jan 03, 2015
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I feel like I'm the completely wrong audience for this book. I'm a male in my 30's and happily married. Lately I've been pouring through a lot of biographies and history so by most measures I shouldn't have even bothered with this one. And yet... I kept reading.

The interplay between Eleanor and Park is believable because of its simplicity. Not simple as in ordinary; simple as in fundamental. These are teenagers feeling their way through the tricky minefield called life, and with teenagers emotions rule the day. This was a rare book for me in that I didn't have a single expectation throughout. Wherever the story went, I was content to sit back and watch their relationship evolve. Eleanor with her red hair and Park with his comic books, they were like two planets orbiting a star, each revolution pulling the other closer.

Dec 20, 2014
  • Aandrews19 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The audio version of this book is great! They capture the deeply felt emotions of the characters so well. I listen to books during my commute and with this one I found myself sitting in the car after arriving home for "just one more chapter."

May 03, 2014

Amazing readers! The story is like melted butter in my ears! A powerful friendship/romance about peer presure and dysfunctional families. Words do not give it justice.

Mar 01, 2014
  • bandblair rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Amazing! The different narrators make it so great.

Feb 14, 2014
  • m2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This recording was named an Odyssey Honor award winner -- a TERRIFIC recording by Rebecca Lowman (Grey's Anatomy) and Sunil Malhotra (West Wing)! And the book by Rainbow Rowell is swoon worthy and true and sometimes heart breaking -- highly recommended for everyone from middle school on up. Set in the 1980's it is the story of 2 kids who meet on the school bus, one whose family is headed by a drunken abuser and the other whose mixed racial status makes him stand out. Rowell can write! and the actors were beautifully directed and made the piece come alive. The best book on CD I have heard in a long time -- and I loved Lyle Lovett reading The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp.

Jan 27, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The narrators for both Eleanor and Park really help bring the characters to life, and they seemed real enough that I almost expected to cross paths with them during my day-to-day routine. Some parts seem too good to be true, but they balance other aspects that are dishearteningly real.

Jan 06, 2014
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tremendously good read that makes you proud to be in Omahan. Rowell is a gifted talent and clever storyteller.

Oct 31, 2013
  • BarbLB rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved everything about this book! I really wanted to meet Eleanor and Park, though it is easy to see why most people would think them nothing special. Their relationship with each other was smart and unique, their relationships with their families so different from each other, heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Jul 02, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite deserving of all the buzz it's receiving. This is not a shallow love story, but the exploration of a tangible, complex, confusing, complicated, actual relationship and all the different dynamics that play into it. How each half of the pair knows only half of the story, and all the complications and miscommunications that arise from what's assumed about the other half. How powerful and amazing the emotions involved can be. How affirming and painful, all-consuming and life-changing love can be. And how it never, ever exists in a vacuum, no matter how badly we want it to. Stellar writing.

Jun 03, 2013
  • TheresaAJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The author's first young adult novel is funny and charming. It follows the first love of two misfits from East Omaha as they navigate their way through school, home, and friendship/love. Rowell also does a good job of describing Omaha in the mid-1980s. I hope there's a sequel...

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May 31, 2013
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Set in 1986, this story is filled with acid-wash, walkmans and punk music. Eleanor just doesn’t fit in, her red frizzy hair and eclectic wardrobe choices make her stand out like a sore thumb. Park’s goal is to fly under the radar, never at the bottom of the social ladder, but with no ambitions to climb to the top, he strives for mediocrity. But Park stands out when Eleanor climbs onto his bus one morning. With nowhere else to sit, Eleanor and Park become unwilling bench-mates. Over time, and without speaking the two begin to get to know each other. Eleanor reads comics over Park’s shoulder, and listens to The Smiths on his Walkman. Without even realizing it, they have become more than friends. Trying to avoid her cruel step-father, Eleanor spends more and more time with Park while Park tries to deal with the attention that having such an eccentric girlfriend brings.


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May 18, 2013
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: vulgar step-father


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