To give the narrator credit, she is actually very good at capturing the whining of the four year old in the story. So if you think a little kid whining is cute, the narration is good. Otherwise, be warned.
For the author, the premise is interesting to capture the poor mother and chid's predicament from the child's perspective. But I have a few problems with the approach:
1) there is way too much time spent in that perspective.
2) while I am no parent of a 4 year old, I cannot believe a child that young can know some of the things the author put into his voice
3) and, really, are all that whining necessary?
Overall, the plot and the story is good in its disturbing way... But read it only if you like having a 4 year old kid around you
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.
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.
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.
In Plato's Allegory of the Cave, he says that if we were all prisoners chained in a cave, we would think shadows cast in the cave by the surface world were reality, and that if we were let out of the cave to see the surface world we wouldn't believe it. I wonder if Emma Donoghue decided to retell the allegory from the point of view of a five year old.
I confess that at first I didn't care for the 5 year old's narrator, but I let that go because the story is so well written. It does not for a second insult the intelligence. Imagine a book written from a science fiction perspective about what life is like on our planet. And the person telling you is five. And he has passing knowledge of the world but only through what is shown on television. This is that book.
Like The Help, this book uses several narrators which was a great choice. I am only at the halfway mark, but unless the end is horribly disappointing, I am halfway to one of the best books I've downloaded this year.
I could not listen to more than 5 minutes of this book at any one sitting. I tried repeatedly but could not endure it.
Not the child like narrator---I don't need children whining in my ears
Too much child whining
The whole tooth thing was disgusting...if the author was trying to make a point, I think it could have been better served with some other imagery.
After all the critical reviews, ths was very disappointing.
The voice chosen as the narrator. I couldn't stand it. I understand that it is a child that is narrating the book, but whoever they chose for the narrator is AWFUL!!! So sad that I bought and couldn't listen to any of it :-(
I couldn't listen to the book because I hated the voice of the narrator
I never got to listen to it because I couldn't stand the narrator's voice
I really wanted to listen to this book because my wife had read the story and loved it. That is why I gave the story 5 stars although I never actually listened to the book because of what I stated above. I work a lot and in my car a lot so that is why I use audibooks. May be one day I can READ this book, but I CANNOT listen to it. The narrator's voice is like finger nails on a chalkboard