This book is based on a premise that I thought would be interesting to me, but I really didn't enjoy the child's point of view from which the book is written. There's a reason that adults don't read books written by 6 year olds, and this is it. Aside from that, I really couldn't develop any affection for the mother, who should have been the most sympathetic character in this book. I found myself wondering if I would have enjoyed it more in print than on audio since the audio voice needed to be a child's, but maybe the childish viewpoint would have been softened somewhat in print.
I loved this book! Truely couldn't "put it down". The boy's voice bothered me at first, but once you get into the book it's just Jack. I can't imagine his voice any other way now. To the person who said the first 10 minutes were interesting, but just couldn't read on and just ended up skipping around - what a shame! I loved Jack's perspective and all his naive questions. (I have young children, and I guess it made me think about how they must view things sometimes.) Anyway, stick with the book, it really opens up and gets so good! I usually think epilogues are predictable and cheesy, but if I had one complaint about this book, it is that I really think it needed one. Please don't take the opinions of people who didn't even read the whole book. It's a shame you can even write a review on something you didn't read.
This book will stick with me, and I definitely recommend it. I was a little worried when I first heard the narrator for Jack (the little boy), but I got used to "his" voice, and it eventually worked. The circumstances of this child are horrific, but it was heartwarming to know that maternal survival instincts can be alive and well in the worst of times. I find myself wanting to visit the book's characters years in the future, which is a testament to the ability of the author to make me care.
The story was hard to believe. I felt like I knew the little boy after only 45minutes into it. I kept thinking about him long after I listened. The narrators made the story so believable. I would definitely recommend this as an audiobook because the readers really do give life to this book. It should become a movie.
One of the most original books I have ever listened to. I finished it a week ago and cannot stop thinking about Jack and his mom. I was hesitant to listen to this at first because I thought it would be depressing and the voice of a five year old annoying, Not at all-it is just incredible. Because of my job, I listen to audiobooks almost everynight-across all kinds of genres and this is one of the best.
I listen to about 40 books a year, and out of that I average one really good book, books I remember and recommend. In the past, these books have included The Help, The Kite Runner, Middlesex, and Water for Elephants. I just finished listening to Freedom, and I thought that was my book for 2010. But then I bought Room. Writing coaches talk about writing with "voice," and I am sure this book will be brought up time and again in seminars as an example of a book with voice. The "voice" is not the fact that it is told by a five year-old, but that the author has used Jack's voice to shape and echo the world she has created. This book is not easy to listen to, and in places it is creepy. But it is fantastic writing, plotting and characterization.
This was a great listen. Highly recommend it. The concept was bizarre at the minimum and totally unique. The view was from that of the child's with minimal emphasis on the actual abuse, which could have made it rather exploitative and taken away from the child's perspective.
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Thank you Audible for offering the first chapter of this precious book, "Room" to your members. I ordered the book even before I finished my free first chapter. I feel bad for anybody that misses this one. Emma Donoghue has written something priceless here....The narrators are exceptional, especially Jack and Ma...The story ended way too soon...Beautiful! I loved it!
This audiobook was so engaging; I simply could not stop listening to it! The readers really made me feel as if I were there in the "room" with them (for that part of the book). It was just amazing. It did stay with me for days after reading it & it made me see the world a bit differently. I'd highly recommend this audiobook to anyone interested. Magnificent!
This subject matter and way it was presented by a five year old was really gripping. It had 4 or 5 stars from me until the second half of the book (spoiler) after the great escape lead by jacker jack. That sequence was fantastic but after that when they were in the world it just wasn't as strong to me. Great moments that are left to interpretation since we only have Jacks POV. I would recommend though.