If I follow you, it's because I've glanced through your reviews and more than likely found books I've agreed with you on and also found at least one book that the majority loved, and you and I were less than thrilled with. I know I should follow you then for that next read that I will enjoy.
You will get past the whiny little kid voice at the beginning soon. I am writing this review after I've listened to probably 20 other audiobooks since then at least, so not the freshest, but an original idea for sure and after seeing the book mentioned in O Magazine, I felt compelled to download and was not dissappointed.
I approached this novel with treipdation, afraid that the horror of Jack and Ma's situation would be too much to bear. But the precociousness of Jack's voice, and his wonder at the mysteries and beauties of his 11' by 11' world, dispelled my worries.
This is not a novel about abduction and sexual abuse and imprisonment, although these factors create Jack and Ma's situation; it is a novel about the bond between a mother and child, the power of that attachment. Although the story is told by Jack, you can feel the love and intelligence and strength of Ma shining through at all times.
The first half is taut and suspenseful; every detail is both mundane and extraordinary, telling you something about how Jack and Ma have survived (they run "track" for exercise, play the screaming game in case a passerby hears them). The second half is not as compelling but just as important.
I especially loved the voices of Jack and his Ma. Not since The Story of Edgar Sawtelle have I felt so absorbed in an audio book, so reluctant to turn off the iPod and interact with the world outside.
The author and the narrator have come together here to provide an amazing auido book. It is one that you don't want to end, and so captivates the reader that is difficult to stop thinking about.
The narrators save this book from getting sent "outside" before its time. Even though the 5-year old narrator sort of waivers between savant and numbskull, one must be impressed with how well the narrator maintains the voice throughout the novel as well how the author presents a mostly consistent 5-year old persona. The general plot is far too predictable, but the author's execution of the story line is interesting in its detail. Well, mostly that is. If you can wade through the first grueling half of the book, then you will appreciate the second half where at least a little action takes place.
At first when I heard the voice of Jack, I thought, "Oh No" I'm not going to be able to listen to this voice, but after a while and then throughout the book I liked Jack and thought he was cute and funny. I thought the other voices were horrible. But, I did enjoy the story. It was different from what I usually read or listen too and I wonder if it would have been different if I read it. I would recommend this book. It was seeing things through the eyes of a very smart 5 year old. Wasn't crazy about the ending. Would have liked to see how Jack made out in his life. Maybe there will be a sequel.
After listening to "Still Missing" by Chevy Stevens, I found myself wanting another good mystery/thriller. I found "Room". All in all it's a good listen, and worth the credit. It's not quite edge of your seat though. It's from the perspective of a little boy, and for some reason his language didn't sound right to me. It took some time for me to not think about an adult trying to write the language like a child. I know, I'm probably being too picky, but hey that's what reviews are for.
After listening for a few hours, I found myself thinking about the characters as if they were real people. Wondering what they were doing. Which is exactly why you should download it.
I got this book on the strength of other reviews and am glad I did. Most of the reviewers were women so I wasn't sure if I would be to my taste. It's much different from my usual books, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not sure I would have loved it if I read it, but the narrators really sold the characters and involved me. Very original tale.
I am a truck driver and audio books are life savers and time consumers this was my second book the road was first excellent but room was incredible I'm home everyday and couldn't wait to get back in my truck to start listening again after I read book was still wondering how Jack was lol