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?!
This book told from the viewpoint of a 5 year old boy held my attention from the first chapter. I was concerned that the subject of a kidnapped and imprisoned woman and her child would be too gruesome. Yet with Jack telling the story, the reader is shielded from the horrors for the most part. The book builds suspense as more and more details about the room are revealed. However, it offers so much to ponder about surviving and raising a child in such conditions. I enjoyed this book so much, I listened to it twice in a row.
I've never been able to pay such close attention to an audio book on my way to and from work. A great book, been looking for something as good since. Haven't been able to find it.
Very interesting premise to this book and very well written. Excellent production for the audiobook. I was at first irritated with the voice of the child and almost quit listening but once I got the drift of it, really enjoyed it. Thought provoking.
I adore this book. As a former English professor, I'm a great advocate of the written word, but this is one case where I suspect the narrated version might actually be enhance the written word. I am going to buy the book and read it with my eyes instead of my ears, but I have been so enthralled by the audio book that I've listened to it three times in a week!.
I liked this book a lot. The fact that it was mostly written in a child's voice was fresh and interesting. The second part of the book fell apart a bit for me when "Ma" and Jack met the general public. I thought that the press was portrayed like a stereotypical cartoon and unrealistic. I couldn't believe that the reporter/ interviewer would be so unthinking and ask such ridiculous questions of a woman who had just endured several years of the unthinkable.
This book exceeded all my expectations. I have never rated an audio book 5 stars until now.
Story told so well, I could actually imagine what it was like inside that room. Very moving.
kept my interesest the entire time, and i ended up listening to it too much, Finished it in 2 days and now I have to buy another book for my commute! Really good one, highly recommend.