Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Listening Library (February 2013)
Audio Source: Publisher
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audio
Format Read: audio book
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra
Running Time: 8 hours 56 minutes
My thoughts: I know that many people are huge fans of Young Adult fiction, but my exposure (as an adult) has been fairly limited. When I selected Eleanor & Park, I had no idea that it was Young Adult, although reading the synopsis I should have known. The thing is… I never read the synopsis. I saw that it was written by Rainbow Rowell and based on that alone I decided that I wanted to read/listen to it.
Eleanor & Park is a sweet story surrounding a young boy and girl who are about as mismatched as two people can get, yet they fit together perfectly. This story covers a lot of ground in its nearly nine hours (in audio book format). At first it appears to be a story of innocence taking a peek at the blush of first love. As you get to know Eleanor & Park, you realize that it is so much more. It also explores the less desirable parts of young adulthood that we wish just didn’t exist such as bullying, racism, and abuse.
As I was listening to Eleanor & Park, I was reminded of that teenage angst that I thought was never going to end. Thank goodness it did, even if it was replaced with other things!
This was a really sweet story, albeit a bit slow moving at times. I really enjoyed Park and his development throughout the story.
The story was narrated by two actors each sharing the duties as the story was told either from Eleanor’s or Park’s perspective. I cannot think of a better way to tell this story and was very pleased with the narration as a whole.
Listen for yourself:
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