I have been a member of Audible forever but have never stopped listening to a book or written a review until today. Terrible narration of a really boring book! The initial premise is interesting as is the story for about the first 15 minutes but the narration is uncomfortable, even painful as other characters are brought into the story and the remainder of the book is just terribly boring. Next time I will read more than the first few reviews of a book before purchasing....
The overall story was not bad - but could have been written in half (or less) the pages. As it was, and due in great degree to the aforementioned unnecessarily extended storyline, the listener gets pretty darn tired of hearing Jack drone on and on (whining, actually!). This kid is SERIOUSLY in need of an attitude adjustment! Okay - granted he's a kid trapped in a microcosm...but he doesn't know that. In many cases, his mother does give him solid guidance, but later lapses in her parenting skills (consistency!)...and lets Jack get much too bossy! Sure, okay - inconsistent parenting IS a slice of reality, but this depiction just feels especially annoying since this behavior is REALLY inconsistent with Mom's overall character. There's a LOT of this, peppered throughout the storyline, and it's extremely irritating. Mom seems to otherwise be a pretty level-headed parent - despite their unusual (bizarre!) situation.
The main narrator was pretty good at using multiple voices/tones, but the pitch/volume used for Jack eventually just wore me down - it got too whiney and sing-songy. Oh, and I did have a little problem with the voice of Mom sounding pretty sophisticated and intelligent, but making some pretty stupid decisions. I guess the voice didn't really seem to fit the character profile very well.
All in all, I'm glad I listened to this book, but if I'd been reading hardcopy, I'd probably have been able to skim over the redundancies (yeah, yeah, yeah - Jack's whining yet AGAIN!), and crank through it faster than the 11 hours of this audiobook narration.
I'm always looking for that well written gem.
Listening to the mind and voice of a child for that long, was simply too much to endure. I could not finish listening to this book.
it's been a rarity, that the sound of narration in a childs voice hasn't made me skin crawl (most prominently in "the road') and i was a bit nervous going into this, but it was done flawlessly. the ending was the 'right' resolve, but still wanted a bit more.
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.