I can't believe I survived this audiobook. The sing-song little boy character's voice was incredibly annoying. I stuck out the ordeal hoping something would happen. When something does, the author deals with it quickly, to move onto more excrutiatingly dull prose. Here's the summary. Not much happens, something happens, then a lot of nothing happens. The end. Ugh.
This book is so creative, yet so believeable, it doesn't let go of you for a minute. The details of Jack and Ma's situation are well researched and ring true, inside and outside. The narration is outstanding, especially by the reader of Jack's character. One of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
I grew very weary of the book in the first 1-1.5 hours. The narration style and perceived oddities about Jack's speech led me to stop the audiobook for a bit and almost give it up. However, I found myself drawn back to it, and several hours in, could not stop listening without wondering about the next turn of events. It is a painful, disturbing and yet touching and heartfelt exploration of the depths of maternal love. The characteristics that make it annoying to listen to at first become central to Jack's interpretation of his world if stuck with long enough to get caught up in the story. "Room" is a haunting novel well worth a listen.
I instantly fell in love with Jacker-Jack, the main character. He's the sweetest little boy. I kept listening to the book over and over. I couldn't let go. Jacker-Jack stole my heart. It's hard to believe it's actually a female narrator playing this 5 year old boy. She sure had me fooled.
Like some other reviewers have mentioned, I found the narrative to be a bit tedious. It was hard listening to Jack's singsongy voice for the entirety of the book. I also found Noreen's Irish accent to be lacking. The story itself was both chilling and heartwarming, and those two things are probably rare together.
Well read, well crafted, with a sensitive portrayal of things that really happen. I was wary given the disturbing plot line, but I am so glad I read it. I work with people such as these. Articulate. WOW!
Others have already explicated this book. I'll just say that I looked forward to listening to it throughout, and now after finishing, actually miss it. It's that compelling.
Wonder if there will be a sequel?
This book was one of my favorite audio books that I have purchased so far. I found the story to be very original and interesting. It is interesting to look at things that are so commonplace to us and think of how someone else would view them that had never had those experiences.
Some people have questioned the narration by the person acting as the child but I found it very good. It is supposed to be annoying at times since others in the book are being annoyed by him. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample, this is how the book sounds throughout so if you don't like it you probably won't like the book.
I am an early childhood educator by profession. I was raised in a rather unorthodox manner by a single mother who chose to raise her five children in an old farmhouse in a small Vermont town. What was so compelling about this story was NOT the horror of the mother being captive; it was her creativity and resilience in creating a world for Jack within the room. The narration is unbelievably good. You will never forget Jack and his mom.
Encouraged by the great reviews, I decided to give Room a chance. Firstly, I thought the narration was above average. Although some of the characters got somewhat monotone at times, the narrator reading for Jack, the 5 year old boy, was excellent.
It would be a little unfair to say that this book reads like it was written by a child. After all it is supposed to come off that way. However, despite it's unusual premise Room lacks insight and originality. I kept waiting for it to surprise me but each line was as predictable as the next. Overall, if you are looking for something to listen to idly on your way to work, you might enjoy it. But captivating it is not.