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...
Say something about yourself!
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... :(
Say something about yourself!
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..
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.