Laura the Listener
I have reservations about this book for two reasons. The first is a personal preference in that I found it too disturbing. But then again, I am the type who can't watch horror movies because I think about them all night and freak myself out, and that's pretty much what happened with Room. If you don't tend to do that to yourself, you could take this reservation with a grain of salt.
The second is that I started to feel a small piece of what Ma must have in the book when she was held captive with Jack: I just wanted to have an adult conversation.
For the first part of the book, I felt the voice of a child worked very well, and in a way it shelters the ready from some of the realities Ma must have faced. But by the climax in the middle, I was ready for a grown up.
The second half of the book had its charming moments, but Jack's revelations could have come from any child, whether in his situation or not.
Overall, a very clever, unique, idea, but I'm not buying the hype.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Spoken in the language of a child, this touching, funny, and emotionally draining book feels like a conversation you're having with your favorite niece or nephew. How the author can make something so horrific sound normal (counting your teeth while you wait for the personification of evil to visit your mother) , and what we think of as so normal sound extraordinary (stores aren't real, they're only pretend) is amazing. The narrators are simply the best. I highly recommend this book, but be ready for an emotional rollar coaster.
I don't know. I enjoyed the audio version, but, I don't know about the print version.
I've listened to many, as I belong to 3 different audio clubs. This book was easy to listen to.
I didn't care for the way it ended. Once they were "rescued" the book could have been finished. Nothing much happened after that. From that point on, the book got boring.
I would not recommend listening to it (reasons explained below). I would recommend reading it. It is a fascinating, horrifying tale.
I liked that the story was told primarily from the child's perspective.
The performers voices, tone, and intensity were inappropriate in nearly all cases. As much as I liked that the story was primarily from the his perspective, Jack could have made his observations without the cloying sense of wonderment at all things. Ma sounded too old for 26 years. Grandma sounded 90 instead of 59. Old Nick had too "normal" a voice. He should have sounded more sinister. I was anxious to finish the book to be done with those voices.
Honestly, I found the voice of the child so annoying that I had to stop listening. The speech as written sounds contrived, and the reader's interpretation of it hit me like fingernails on a chalkboard.
No comment. I had to go to reviews of the novel to find out what the big whoop was. This is a title I'll have to read in print.
Not in this lifetime.
Not the child like narrator---I don't need children whining in my ears
Too much child whining
The whole tooth thing was disgusting...if the author was trying to make a point, I think it could have been better served with some other imagery.
After all the critical reviews, ths was very disappointing.
Worst narration, hands down. I don't understand how it got so many good reviews. The only reason I kept listening was because I knew it had to get better, buy it never did.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
At times the story is difficult and heart-wrenching, and other times it is hopeful and satisfying. Sometimes I felt physically ill while learning of Ma & Jack's experiences. And despite all that turmoil, it was a truly amazing story, although not for everyone. The story, told through 5 year old Jack, is about Jack and his Ma who are held hostage in an 11x11 room. Just the premise of the story will rule out some readers, and that is ok: you need to be able to hear of their difficulties, their triumphs and their failures.
This is one of the best audio books I've ever listened to. Different narrators voice those in the story, and when you listen to Jack, you really believe you are listening to a five year old. Stunning.
Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)
Of course I would try another book from either.
Something by Christopher Moore
I wouldn't change anyone, it was just the story that I did not care for.
I really wanted to like this story, I just could not get into it.
This is one of the best books I have listened to in a while. A poignantly funny, often bittersweet, eye-opening experience of how a mother's love for her son is limitless. Jack's inquisitve nature is quite amusing - I found myself often giggling out loud. Strength and survival underline the nurturing way "Ma" cares for Jack, despite her bouts of depression. It is a glass half full story in which a woman makes the best of what she can get her hands on, while drawing from her own own childhood memories to create the best possible life for her son, despite the horrific conditions they endure in what they call ROOM. Once out in the world there is so much to learn and see for Jack - and I enjoyed every minute of it. I will miss learning about "outside" with Jack, such is the fresh view of the world through the eyes of a five-year-old!