I grew very weary of the book in the first 1-1.5 hours. The narration style and perceived oddities about Jack's speech led me to stop the audiobook for a bit and almost give it up. However, I found myself drawn back to it, and several hours in, could not stop listening without wondering about the next turn of events. It is a painful, disturbing and yet touching and heartfelt exploration of the depths of maternal love. The characteristics that make it annoying to listen to at first become central to Jack's interpretation of his world if stuck with long enough to get caught up in the story. "Room" is a haunting novel well worth a listen.
I instantly fell in love with Jacker-Jack, the main character. He's the sweetest little boy. I kept listening to the book over and over. I couldn't let go. Jacker-Jack stole my heart. It's hard to believe it's actually a female narrator playing this 5 year old boy. She sure had me fooled.
Like some other reviewers have mentioned, I found the narrative to be a bit tedious. It was hard listening to Jack's singsongy voice for the entirety of the book. I also found Noreen's Irish accent to be lacking. The story itself was both chilling and heartwarming, and those two things are probably rare together.
Well read, well crafted, with a sensitive portrayal of things that really happen. I was wary given the disturbing plot line, but I am so glad I read it. I work with people such as these. Articulate. WOW!
Others have already explicated this book. I'll just say that I looked forward to listening to it throughout, and now after finishing, actually miss it. It's that compelling.
Wonder if there will be a sequel?
This book was one of my favorite audio books that I have purchased so far. I found the story to be very original and interesting. It is interesting to look at things that are so commonplace to us and think of how someone else would view them that had never had those experiences.
Some people have questioned the narration by the person acting as the child but I found it very good. It is supposed to be annoying at times since others in the book are being annoyed by him. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample, this is how the book sounds throughout so if you don't like it you probably won't like the book.
I am an early childhood educator by profession. I was raised in a rather unorthodox manner by a single mother who chose to raise her five children in an old farmhouse in a small Vermont town. What was so compelling about this story was NOT the horror of the mother being captive; it was her creativity and resilience in creating a world for Jack within the room. The narration is unbelievably good. You will never forget Jack and his mom.
Encouraged by the great reviews, I decided to give Room a chance. Firstly, I thought the narration was above average. Although some of the characters got somewhat monotone at times, the narrator reading for Jack, the 5 year old boy, was excellent.
It would be a little unfair to say that this book reads like it was written by a child. After all it is supposed to come off that way. However, despite it's unusual premise Room lacks insight and originality. I kept waiting for it to surprise me but each line was as predictable as the next. Overall, if you are looking for something to listen to idly on your way to work, you might enjoy it. But captivating it is not.
"Room" is written in the first person, the protagonist being a five-year old boy, Jack. The narrator did as good a job as could be expected, but it was annoying and put-offish to listen to the simulated voice of a young child for 10 hours. I think that "Room" would have been better experienced if I had read it, where my inner voice and imagination could have spoken to me.
Still, "Room" is a literary achievement, although I, for one, would not have placed it on the New York Times' list of the 10 best books of 2010. I admired the author for so cannily taking on the voice of a 5-year old for her protagonist. I doubt many could have pulled this off so successfully. The plot was exciting and suspenseful, but not quite a page-turner. But, at the end, I felt curiously unsatisfied, and I failed to find the meaning in the book that so many others have found. I was left with a good, if not compelling, book, an admirable exercise in creative writing, but one that had little meaning for me that transcended the obvious elements of the plot.
This book is AMAZING. It is written from the twisted yet innocent view of a 5 year old boy named Jack. The narrator for Jack is absolutely PERFECT. Every person in the book that speaks has their own narrator so it's more like listening to a play. I hope they make a movie out of this but it would be difficult. This is one of the most moving books I have EVER read. I highly recommend it!