It took me a bit to get past the voice of a 5-year old narrating the story, but after an hour or two I was hooked!
I'm a middle school English teacher and mother of one teen girl. I tend to read paper copies of YA books and listen to books for adults.
I don't know which male narrator was the voice of 5-year-old Jack, but this little boy's voice was perfect for this book. I'm sure that I enjoyed the book more because of it. The author has a wonderful ear for words that kids will use to say things or think about things and an excellent sense for how young people view the world. I felt like I was truly seeing things through the eyes of a young boy. I also liked the mother's voice, but "Old Nick" didn't sound mean enough. I don't want to say much more for fear of spoiling the suspense. Don't miss this one!
I saw an interview of the author and understood where the idea for the story came from and was intrigued. This author is brilliant. She captured the little things that I'm sure we never ever would have though of had we seen a similar story on the news (and we have). I listened to this story on my drive to Lake Louise and back and never wanted to stop for gas so as not to interrupt the story. Thank you Emma Donoghue for sharing your brilliant imagination with us all.
At first I wondered if I would like this book but after the first hour I was hooked.
Very enjoyable. Thanks
I thought this book was well written but i found myself zoning out because the narrators were not great. The little boy's voice was mostly annoying the whole time and the mother sounded very rehearsed..almost like a robot. People compared this to The Help which I think is completely false. The Help was way better.
Still a decent book with a good story...just wasn't spectacular.
The premise of this book will be disturbing to some. I found it fascinating, and captivating because of it being told from the perspective of a five year old. I would think the thought process would have been dead on coming from a child raised in the conditions described in the book. I even had a chuckle at some of his observations of innocence when viewing the world that surrounded him. On the other hand I found it haunting that this story could seem so real, and could be set anywhere, in any community.
I would recommend this book, but not for anyone that cannot handle a book that evokes such an emotional ride. Definitely not for children or anyone prone to nightmares.
I feel privileged to have listened to such an original work. It is such a good book that there are a lack of superlatives to describe it. I was in awe!
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I was always anxious to get back into my car to hear more of it. The readings were excellent! Totally recommend it.
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You will get past the whiny little kid voice at the beginning soon. I am writing this review after I've listened to probably 20 other audiobooks since then at least, so not the freshest, but an original idea for sure and after seeing the book mentioned in O Magazine, I felt compelled to download and was not dissappointed.