I thought I would love this book. It had all of the promise of a thriller, victim turning heroine, courtroom drama, childhood naive character....but when I listened, it just didn't seem to go anywhere. I am often frustrated when characters aren't fully developed nor does the plot have closure and I felt this, with this book. I never really figured out what happened to the antagonist, no closure around the feelings of the parents, etc. Sorry, I really, really waned to like it.
For the life of me, I cannot figure out why this is so popular. The story is okay, but it is like reading People Magazine, you just want the dirt of the story. I found no literary craft to this story, and it was a painful audio book. Be prepared to listen to an irritating fake child's voice for most of the ten hours. I'm obviously in the minority, but I'd be very cautious to recommend it.
The child's perspective was a little unrealistic...., as I believe that a child 5 years can adjust quickly. Not enough insight into the mother's trauma........, all of a sudden she was suicidal..., there should have been more on that and what she went through. It was an OK read.
Laura the Listener
I have reservations about this book for two reasons. The first is a personal preference in that I found it too disturbing. But then again, I am the type who can't watch horror movies because I think about them all night and freak myself out, and that's pretty much what happened with Room. If you don't tend to do that to yourself, you could take this reservation with a grain of salt.
The second is that I started to feel a small piece of what Ma must have in the book when she was held captive with Jack: I just wanted to have an adult conversation.
For the first part of the book, I felt the voice of a child worked very well, and in a way it shelters the ready from some of the realities Ma must have faced. But by the climax in the middle, I was ready for a grown up.
The second half of the book had its charming moments, but Jack's revelations could have come from any child, whether in his situation or not.
Overall, a very clever, unique, idea, but I'm not buying the hype.
I tried to power through- sometimes narrators grow on you- I only made it to the first hour. I've heard its a great book and plan to read it, because I can't stand listening to it. The child's voice is grating.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I understand why the narrator used a "kid voice" since this book is from a child's perspective. However, it was just too annoying! I couldn't even make it 30 minutes before turning it off and giving up completely.
I HATED this story and narrator! The kiddie voice and the point of view was awful. I made it about 20 minutes in. I have never not finished an audiobook....it was that bad.
I couldnt get past the grating, sing-song voice of the child reader The writer chose to omit the word "the" from any sentence the child spoke in the story. Not sure why, but this wasnt cute or funny or endearing, just totally annoying. There was a story there someplace, but it was totally unlistenable for me so I did not end up hearing much of it.
This book reminded me of the Flowers In The Attic series, and that's not a good thing. It was too voyeuristic for my taste. The first half left me feeling that I needed a shower.
I agree that the kid's voice is grating after a while. By the end of the book, I, too, disliked both Ma and Jack. I was glad to be done with this book.
I read the book because of its ratings. If you're influenced by them, read the good and the bad and make your own decision. This subject matter and the way its narrated, aren't for everyone.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Spoken in the language of a child, this touching, funny, and emotionally draining book feels like a conversation you're having with your favorite niece or nephew. How the author can make something so horrific sound normal (counting your teeth while you wait for the personification of evil to visit your mother) , and what we think of as so normal sound extraordinary (stores aren't real, they're only pretend) is amazing. The narrators are simply the best. I highly recommend this book, but be ready for an emotional rollar coaster.