The accolades speak for themselves: this is likely the best novel of the year.
But the audiobook is atrocious. I didn't make it one chapter. The tale is told through a child's eyes, and the pitch of the reader trying mightily to imitate a child left with mild tinnitus. Experimental jazz on a kazoo would sound more soothing than this dreadful production. Avoid!
I appreciate the seriousness of the subject matter and the heroic efforts made by Ma to keep herself and Jack sane and healthy. I think the author depicted the inability of the Jack to understand World once he was free. But I found the listening tedious. I just wanted to get to the end, so I skipped around. In the skipping around, I discovered I hadn't missed anything critical to the plot development or the character development. Hence, I came to the conclusion this was an extended short story. Like a previous reviewer the first 2 hours are compelling, but I tired quickly of the characters.
This is a very good book and well written- the story is sad yet could be true. The only drawback is the audio- Read this book- do not get it on audio because it is read by a child or the voice of a child. After a time this distracts from the book and the mother voice is not enough to take over the story.
Read this book from a book -take my word- it is good but not a good audio.
I struggled with this book at first because I have a son close to Jack's age. My emotions changed for the second half of the book, but I still struggled at times because I felt the author just failed at making some parts remotely realistic. My issues were mainly with the other characters not Jack. I think it was unique with the boy's perspective and the author deserves kudos for that.
"No matter where you go... there you are."
The other guy that wrote in his review,"...like listening to Elmo..." summed it up pretty well. The narration was irritating and the dialogue improbable and cornball.
My wife is one of those tenacious people that once a book is started, they never fail to finish. However, she said this one was so painful she could not stand it and stopped listening.
My wife and I have different tastes, so I thought I'd give the book a try. I only lasted five minutes before deleting it off my Sansa MP3! I'd rather endure a full Saturday morning of children TV programming than listen to this dribble.
This has to be the most amazing book I've ever read. Perhaps not the best written, or the most insightful, but - nonetheless - one of the best books in my library! The characters and the story will remain with me for years in the way that Susie from The Lovely Bones has remained - always in the back of my mind as a child that I love. As the mother of a 5-year-old, this book was especially poignant. The narrator struck just the right chord of childish and yet understandable. She/He sounded like a five-year-old! Jack and Ma are beautiful, fully realized characters that made my heart ache. They are what is horrible and lovely in this world. I have recommended this book to everyone I know, and I highly recommend it to you...
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I listened to the audio twice and read the book. The narrators give such feeling and depth to the story. It is rumored to be a movie. I hope so. This is a VERY moving story. A great book club read.
A horrible story told from complete innocence. This book catches you from the beginning and the more you learn along the way, the harder it is to stop listening. I found myself sitting the car in the driveway with the story playing more than once. Give it a listen, you wont be disappointed!
This book had great reviews but I couldn't get through it. It was SO sick and depressing...why would anyone want to listen to something that is such a downer? I want my credit back... :(
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i dont know where to start.. this story really hit me.. i was shook for a week.. had to tell everyone, even researched similar stories in real life.. book of the year..