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.
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.
I thought I would love this book. It had all of the promise of a thriller, victim turning heroine, courtroom drama, childhood naive character....but when I listened, it just didn't seem to go anywhere. I am often frustrated when characters aren't fully developed nor does the plot have closure and I felt this, with this book. I never really figured out what happened to the antagonist, no closure around the feelings of the parents, etc. Sorry, I really, really waned to like it.
For the life of me, I cannot figure out why this is so popular. The story is okay, but it is like reading People Magazine, you just want the dirt of the story. I found no literary craft to this story, and it was a painful audio book. Be prepared to listen to an irritating fake child's voice for most of the ten hours. I'm obviously in the minority, but I'd be very cautious to recommend it.
The child's perspective was a little unrealistic...., as I believe that a child 5 years can adjust quickly. Not enough insight into the mother's trauma........, all of a sudden she was suicidal..., there should have been more on that and what she went through. It was an OK read.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I understand why the narrator used a "kid voice" since this book is from a child's perspective. However, it was just too annoying! I couldn't even make it 30 minutes before turning it off and giving up completely.
In Plato's Allegory of the Cave, he says that if we were all prisoners chained in a cave, we would think shadows cast in the cave by the surface world were reality, and that if we were let out of the cave to see the surface world we wouldn't believe it. I wonder if Emma Donoghue decided to retell the allegory from the point of view of a five year old.
I confess that at first I didn't care for the 5 year old's narrator, but I let that go because the story is so well written. It does not for a second insult the intelligence. Imagine a book written from a science fiction perspective about what life is like on our planet. And the person telling you is five. And he has passing knowledge of the world but only through what is shown on television. This is that book.
Like The Help, this book uses several narrators which was a great choice. I am only at the halfway mark, but unless the end is horribly disappointing, I am halfway to one of the best books I've downloaded this year.
When you have lived in one room for your entire life the world, your world, seems so simple, being lost and unaware of the true danger that comes in that room every night, almost every night, seems like a norm. Seeing and hearing the world through the mind of a five year old, is heartbreaking and that is what this story does, it breaks your heart a little and you experience the world through his eyes, things that are happening that he is not aware and because you did not spend your entire life in a locked in a room, you personally experience the slight horrors, that are in front of his eyes.
This book is beautifully written and there is never a moment that doesn't make you feel that this is not a five year old mind. It hits the nail on the head on how a five year old would experience and see thing. How a five year old would react to certain actions and events happening.
I really enjoyed the title and it pulls on the heart string and you are taken on this journey with a five year old being taught one thing from birth and then have all that he knows taken away from him and forces him to learn a new, world, life and way of living.
The narration was excellent, there is a part of me that honestly believe that they found some talented five year old to read the book, making the journey that much more realistic and emotional.
It is an excellent book, and I would recommend it whether in print or audio. However I will say that the audio bring the story to a different level.
Remember to check out PDF that comes with the audio.
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.