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.
I enjoyed this book - Jack's point of view on life was so interesting and I heard his voice even when I wasn't listening to the book. I am so impressed by the presentation of Ma and how she coped with her situation. I must admit that I did skip ahead a few chapters after I began to see if the situation improved or if it was 100 chapters of the same thing. Once I learned that it wasn't all the same, I went back and listened to it all. I appreciated the insights that the characters had and that I got from listening to the book.
Since this story is told from the point of view of 5 year old Jack, I was expecting a child's voice as the main narrator. Unfortunately, I found it very difficult to set aside the fact that Jack sounds almost exactly like Ralph Wiggum.
The book is at turns funny and sad, and is absolutely worth a credit, and worth the listening time. The thing I enjoyed most is the author's seemingly perfect translation of how a child's mind works. Sometimes, this led to a certain amount of repetitiveness, which was a little bit annoying, but probably also unavoidable.
Outside of the Ralph Wiggum voice, the narration was exceptionally well done.
Yes, themes of love, attunement, resilience, resolve and adaptation run throughout. The execution of the "plan"is filled with high suspense as well. The story of coping with life for life outsude the room was extraordinary. Great dialogue.