Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narrators - although the second male voice did not differ much for the different male roles- but not important when considering the primary narrator is the voice of a 5 year old. The subject matter of a woman held captive at first made me hesitate to download this book, but after reading it - the life she creates for her son is the story - not the captivity. That part is very well handled in the book- yes creepy and chilling for the reader but wonderfully obscured for the narrator. Great job. Looking forward to other novels by Emma Donoghue.
I have had to step back and let this review settle inside myself, I have had to give it some thought. Wow. I hesitated to even read a book about such a topic.
Emma Donoghue handled this so well and with such genuine and creative love. I do not know how anybody can write like that.
Ok. This is a very haunting story that will allow anybody, here on earth to realize that we all live and love in a very small place ... it is all we know. I highly recommend this book.
When I read the description of this book, I expected it to be very depressing, but it's not - it's surprisingly hopeful. That's because it's told from the point of view of the 5-year-old boy in the story and he doesn't understand that he is supposed to be sad. I really liked this book, which I would describe as a modern day parallel to Plato's cave allegory. The book really made me think and I believe the author did an excellent job of imagining what it would be like for a child to have no frame of reference outside one tiny room. For the record, I can understand the readers that disliked the narrator's take on a child's voice, but I personally kind of liked it.
I listened to the first five minutes and had to shut my ipod off - the quasi-child narration was more than I could handle. I went back later, however, and listened to the complete story. Overall, a very interesting story with a unique presentation, but not one I would recommend as an audiobook, and particularly if you are one who is not used to (or simply doesn't like!) listening to children speak.
At least for me I had to get a little over an hour into the book to get drawn in to the point of no return. It is a lovely book, the first I have listened to with various readers. I highly recommend you listen to it.
While it does take a bit to get used to the Jack's voice as the narrator (the child), I don't think it would have come across as it did with 'Ma' telling the story. I enjoyed the book, although as a mother I doubt that I could have done what she did, but then again thank God I have never been in that type of situation. Very good listen. I had a hard time putting it down.
This book has a very interesting premise -- a complicated story is told by a 5-year-old boy who has only limited understanding of what is going on around him. He might be talking about cartoons and a comment slips in that gives the reader an inkling of the plot. Unfortunately, the plot ends about halfway through the book and from there on it is hours of tedious baby-talk. Too bad. This could have been a great book.
As I started listening to this story, I was put off a little by the voice of the 5-year-old boy being the main narrator. But, the more I listened, the more I got involved in the story and didn't mind the high pitched voice. I did find that the voices for some of the other characters were too similar and this bothered me somewhat. The story did keep me hooked but I found that there were certain sections that went on too long and other areas that could have used a bit more development. Because of the content of the story, I do not recommend this book for the weak hearted or someone looking for a feel good read/listen.