I was lucky enough to read Room and The Help back to back. Not similar books, but two of the best I've ever read. Easily. I read them months ago and just realized I forgot to review.
Room is unbelievable. I don't want to ruin ANY of the plot. So just want to say, this is a must read. Rare sort of novel.
The readings ruined this book. The mother was robotic in her delivery, accentuated by a narration format which was more like a live performance instead of storytelling. The mother's voice popped in here and there, way out of context, and there was really no information about her. Jack could have described her in a bit more detail, but he seemed to have no thoughts on her. To me, a reader, she was simply a disembodied voice. Same with the grandmother. What a witch, like she had broomed in for Halloween. No wonder Jack hated her.
But, like I said, 3 stars for originality.
After reading all the rave reviews I was really looking forward to this book. Maybe its because I don't have children, and therefore I can't relate but I got really bored with this book. Having most of the dialouge read by a "child" became really annoying as well. One particular part of the book was exciting but it doesn't last very long. In the end I was just waiting for this one to be over.
This story is so deeply disturbing, it's like watching a train wreck - I didn't want to listen to it anymore, but I had to see how it was going to end. I wish I could get that child's voice out of my head. The story is well done, but the subjective matter is hard to become submerged in.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
I knew nothing about this book until I saw that it was the book of the year by Audible (the staff?) (The listeners?) I give it 4 stars for writing and 2 stars for the way it was narrated. Love the voice of Jack...but the adult voices were grating and not really needed, in my opinion. I think one extremely talented person (John Lee) could have done it justice or maybe have the kid (or the actor playing the kid) just do all the voices. I am beginning to see that I'm not liking groups of people narrating as if it were a play, although my favorite audio book is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society... So I guess it just depends on how well it is done. To the reviewers who said they could not stop listening..I could stop... It is OK... It just didn't grab me the way I thought it could have. I was steeled for a hell of a ride, but it was just so-so. i finished it, but did not love it.
If you think life could get worst then what you've experienced, please read this. It's very provocative and I'm sure others can relate,
This is what I call a driveway book. Once I get home from my commute, I can't leave my car to turn off the book. And yet I don't want it to end. As a rule I don't like multiple narrations, but for me, this book flows.
Thank you again for a wonderful story.
Once I got past the shock of the child’s voice and settled into the book I was swept away. Another reviewer mentions this as the best listen since The Help - I agree, almost. While remarkable, I can see how it could be monotonous- if it weren't for the wonder of the circumstances - simplicity and clarity of the story telling. Give it a chance, listen longer than the first 5-10 minutes, get past the startling pitch of "Jacks" voice.
It took me a moment to get use to hearing the sound of Jack's voice but once I did, I couldn't stop listening. I have even gotten my husband to listen to this book and he has never listened to audio book and hasn't picked up a book in years.