I really tried to stay with this book, but I could not stand the kid's voice, really who could listen to Elmo for 10 hrs straight. I am very disappointed in your recommendation of this book as an audio book, I will be skeptical of your recommendations.
I kept trying to slog my way through it because the story line sounds so interesting but I finally gave up. The narrator doing the child's voice does a horrible job. It's unbearable. I forced myself for almost 2 hours thinking it would get better. It didn't. Money wasted. Don't buy it.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narrators - although the second male voice did not differ much for the different male roles- but not important when considering the primary narrator is the voice of a 5 year old. The subject matter of a woman held captive at first made me hesitate to download this book, but after reading it - the life she creates for her son is the story - not the captivity. That part is very well handled in the book- yes creepy and chilling for the reader but wonderfully obscured for the narrator. Great job. Looking forward to other novels by Emma Donoghue.
I have had to step back and let this review settle inside myself, I have had to give it some thought. Wow. I hesitated to even read a book about such a topic.
Emma Donoghue handled this so well and with such genuine and creative love. I do not know how anybody can write like that.
Ok. This is a very haunting story that will allow anybody, here on earth to realize that we all live and love in a very small place ... it is all we know. I highly recommend this book.
When I read the description of this book, I expected it to be very depressing, but it's not - it's surprisingly hopeful. That's because it's told from the point of view of the 5-year-old boy in the story and he doesn't understand that he is supposed to be sad. I really liked this book, which I would describe as a modern day parallel to Plato's cave allegory. The book really made me think and I believe the author did an excellent job of imagining what it would be like for a child to have no frame of reference outside one tiny room. For the record, I can understand the readers that disliked the narrator's take on a child's voice, but I personally kind of liked it.
I listened to the first five minutes and had to shut my ipod off - the quasi-child narration was more than I could handle. I went back later, however, and listened to the complete story. Overall, a very interesting story with a unique presentation, but not one I would recommend as an audiobook, and particularly if you are one who is not used to (or simply doesn't like!) listening to children speak.
At least for me I had to get a little over an hour into the book to get drawn in to the point of no return. It is a lovely book, the first I have listened to with various readers. I highly recommend you listen to it.
While it does take a bit to get used to the Jack's voice as the narrator (the child), I don't think it would have come across as it did with 'Ma' telling the story. I enjoyed the book, although as a mother I doubt that I could have done what she did, but then again thank God I have never been in that type of situation. Very good listen. I had a hard time putting it down.