I think I liked listening to the book better than reading it, but there are definite problems with some of the characters in the narration. I liked that they had different readers doing different parts, but one of the female readers in particular was difficult to listen to. Most of the narration comes from Jack and the person reading his part did an outstanding job. The person reading the mother was pretty much flat and un-emotional. The person who did Old Nick was terrible at his part but better as the part of the Doctor. The person who did the grandmother was the worst and she also did a couple other parts (with accents) that were almost comical they were so bad.
The story itself was great and the person who read the part of Jack was excellent. It’s a good thing that most of the narration comes from Jack. Had the director of this audio book spent a more time fleshing out the other characters and paid more attention to how god awful most of them were, they would have had a five star audio book on their hands. As it is, it’s only worth four and that’s too bad considering how great the story is.
Really something, a thriller that takes place, for at least one half the story in one place. The sense of place, the two phases of the book, the illuminated characters and the point of view are so "essential" and excellent. I could hardly stop listening to do my work. Compelling,
This was a delightful book. An amazing scenario and well done. Was grateful to have something good to listen to while I was on vacation!
I selected this book because of the excellent review. It was a very unique book, but it moved very very slow. I've read much better!
I know I shouldn't let my daughter listen... but she loved Jacks voice (she is five and has a brother named Jack). I caught her listening while I was doing the dishes and I didn't realize it. I don't think she understands the whole story... but it is kinda nice to hear her ask questions. Anytime I listen she is in there with me. There was a few bits I turned off and said we will listen later... then listened when I knew I was alone. Anyways... amazing book!!! And the little guy could be annoying if you are not used to kids... but I have three under five so what is one more little voice in the house. Jack fits right in.
Different than most books I pick. So glad I got it. Will check to see if Audible.com has more from this writer. Will listen to it several times. The really good books are the ones I listen to 2 & 3-4-5- times. It's hard to have to wait for my Ipod to recharge.
I listen to about 40 books a year, and out of that I average one really good book, books I remember and recommend. In the past, these books have included The Help, The Kite Runner, Middlesex, and Water for Elephants. I just finished listening to Freedom, and I thought that was my book for 2010. But then I bought Room. Writing coaches talk about writing with "voice," and I am sure this book will be brought up time and again in seminars as an example of a book with voice. The "voice" is not the fact that it is told by a five year-old, but that the author has used Jack's voice to shape and echo the world she has created. This book is not easy to listen to, and in places it is creepy. But it is fantastic writing, plotting and characterization.
Having read and listened (twice) to this book, I think audiobook is the way to go. Great narrators especially "Jack", the five-year-old boy!
I laughed, I cried...this is the most wonderfully well written and narrated book. I have recommended it to everyone who listens to books on CD. Jack is totally believable and his mother is endearing and strong!
I was hesitant to read this book, thinking that the narrator being a child, might become annoying. This is an AMAZING book. A mother is kidnapped at 19 and held captive in a room with her son. You would think this would be depressing and though it is at times very sad, the strength and resilience of the child is awe inspiring. I was so impressed at the intelligence and foresight in the young boy, but/and when he is faced with a whole new world, "outside", you see how the ordeal had shaped him. But yet, he is strong and positive. I think that ROOM is a work of art! Simply amazing!
I would LOVE to meet the person who wrote this book. What is she like, what is her history?!