If you like suspense, you will love this book. It's not the usual thriller but gradually pulls you into the story by slowly revealing the truth until you're on the edge of your seat to see how it ends..
The mother, who does everything she possibly can to protect her young son and make their horrific and abnormal life in one room seem normal, until the day comes when she has to begin revealing the truth to Jack to save both of their lives. Her plan for securing their freedom is ingenious especially considering that it depended almost entirely on a 5 year old boy who had never once been "outside" his whole life. You are wishing she would hurry the process but realize that with Jack who has never seen anything except on a crummy TV, she has to take it step by step to bring him into their "game" of reality for getting free. You find yourself holding your breath through many scenes.
Jack's escape from the truck and his first encounter with "real" people.
Probably, but as I was listening to it when I was hiking or walking, that was impossible.
This book would make a great movie! Hope somebody buys the rights to it soon. With the right actors, it would surpass the one Jodie Foster stared in of a similar genre.
GET THIS BOOK!!!! I Loved the little boy narrating it. I have never listened to such a cute, funny, sad, joyful book all in one, I absolutely loved it.
The narrators' voices, especially that for the little boy, really added to the impact of this book. I can't imagine that I would have been as spellbound if I had been reading it to myself.
The voice of Jack was so convincing, you really saw Room and everything through his perspective!
I read a lot of criticism about the story being narrated in the voice of a small child, but I for one have enjoyed that. I can appreciate that it can get annoying, but it reflects the tone of the book accurately. The story, told from a child's point of view, takes on the innocence of its teller. Some details (or some of the child's misconceptions) go unexplained and it makes sense that it would be so.
Certain of the scenes, and the concept itself left me cringing at times- I have a hard time accepting cruelty. Still, this is in the "adult" comprehension of the book.... The child's perspective therefore both attenuates and amplifies the emotions the story stirs.
Way up there! The audio readings, together with the compellingly touching story, and the utterly credible, subtle personalities of the mother and her boy, have stayed with me for months... probably for a lifetime. This book is not about what the book jacket describes - it is about the power and potential of love.
Avid reader. Retired harpist Consider myself knowledgeable in the English language.
At first I found the child's voice annoying, but after a while I realized it was a necessary part of the story. This story has lingered with me.
I was very hesitant when I first started listening to this book. The entire book is narrated by a child, and for some I think that might be an adjustment when listening to an audiobook. Also, if you go into this book without any idea of the story, it's rather confusing at first. I have to say that I was tempted to turn it off and listen to something else, but I was on a very long drive and didn't have anything else to do, so I continued listening. I am very glad I did! I think the book was very ingenious and unique. The story was mysterious and held my interest (once I got past the first 3 hrs). If you have some time to pass, definitely listen to this book.
Don't read what this is about: Have it be a surprise. This is a great mystery and read. Don't give up when you first hear a child's voice as one of the narrators. Wonderful, unforgettable book.
I am a retired RN who has a interest in many different ideas, places, people, aand times. I do like books with some kind of action in them.
This was a unique tack to take by writing from the view of a 5 year old for most of the book. I was gratified that Emma included the inevitable tantrums of an emotionally delayed child. Being able to look beyond the ROOM, and see what trials awaited the mother and son, helped bring about a somewhat realisitc conclusion to the book. Of course, we do not really know how much time was between the escape and the ending,it must have been less than a year. These people would probably have been more crippled in those first few months. I doubt they would have been able to come to this conclusion within a year. But then again, who knows. I really enjoyed being pulled along by the narrative, waiting to find out what would happen next. Amazed at the resourcefulness of the mother made it interesting. Thank you. Emma
Started the book....and at first was annoyed by the child voice, but as the story continued was sucked in and couldn't stop listening. Great story....Voice of "Jack" - awesome.