Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell, Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra

Okay, so yesterday I talked about a book that was hurt by the audio narration -- this is one that's helped by it (but not much, because it really doesn't need much). I read this back when it came out, and gave it 4 Stars -- which boggles my mind, was I a harsher grader back then? I remembered liking it more than that, though. Anyway, this audiobook is the perfect example of what the medium can be.

 

It perfectly captured the flavor, the emotion and the detail of the original. Now, it didn't become all about the performance, the narrators brought the words to life, but not at the expense of the text.

 

Lowman and Malhotra were spectacular -- they were Eleanore and Park. You fall for them while the characters were falling for each other, and when they expressed emotion, you certainly felt it. Well, I don't know about "you," but definitely me.

 

I'm really not sure what else I can say. This is a perfect story about first love, how it defines who you are in a way you didn't expect -- how it reveals the best of you and improves the worst of you. Using these two social misfits to tell this story grounds it in a way that the Prom King and Queen couldn't -- I just loved it. It's probably the best thing Rowell's done, and it's one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard.