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.
This is an interesting, beautifully written and read novel. I find it hard to believe that the book isn't being narrated by an actual 5 year old. It sounds so much like a child. This book is strange, fascinating, funny, and subtle. The matter-of-fact tone of the readers is very effective. It was enjoyable figuring out the emotions from the comments of an unassuming little boy, rather than narrators blatantly acting out the emotions. I don't think I'll ever forget Jack, a plucky, real little boy.
It took me about 10 minutes to get use to the child's narration but then it was adorable, that adoration quickly turned to dread, pity then horror as I realized the mother's plan. I wish it would of ended a little different but not to bad, it took us full circle. The tooth sucking was disgusting ( as you will see) yet it was so like a child to do it and like most things kids put into their mouths when Mom's not around it was gross stuff.
I think that this one is probably a better to read than to hear. The first half of the story is good, especially if you have no idea what it is about. By the time you get to the second half, you are pretty tired of the narrative style and just want to get to the end. Listen to a sample before you click the "Add to cart" button. Seriously, listen to the sample, then decide if you can handle that voice for over 10 hours.