I read "Dia's" review and it convinced me to get this book.
I doubt if I would have considered using a credit for it without Dia's words to entice me..... so read that review and include a big "ditto" from me!
Definitely one of my best reads of 2008. I have listened to it twice and will surely do it again.
I got about half way through this novel when I decided I just don't care to listen any longer. I had not come even close to understanding the plot. The deal breaker for me is Scott Brick as the narrator, I find his southern accent in this novel so phoney and pretentious that I just could not stand to hear another word.
I loved this book SO much and when I read the first review that was written for this book I felt so sorry for waiting to give my opinion. I think that anyone that enjoyed watching "The Duchess of Duke Street" and/or "Upstairs, Downstairs" on PBS would probably like this story as well or more. This is not a book for the squeamish so if you cannot tolerate a certain amount of sex and unpleasantness, don't bother. I was able to keep track of the many characters quite easily, partly because the narrator is so easily understood. Once I started listening, I was so hooked! I finished this almost 42 hour book in just 10 days and wished it was longer. The ending was excellent. It was a bargain for just one credit. (Editor NOT needed, thank you very much).
At least the folks that buy the book have a choice if they want to listen to the music or not! I find having to fast forward through the singing so annoying that I probably will not listen to the rest of this book. I have been a big fan of Jodi Picoult until now. Sorry I wasted a credit on this one.
The down side of listening to "Room" by Emma Donoghue is that it is nearly impossible to find a book as good to follow it! I consider this audio book to be my best listen to date. I thought the narration of the child's voice was really believable. The situation was similar to several true stories we have heard on the news of kidnapping and imprisonment. Listening to the audio sample of "Room", I was a little unsure if I would like it. I had tried to listen to the book "Me and Emma" by Elizabeth Flock and the narration of the child's voice in it was so annoying to me that I just could not get into the book. I gave it several tries. not wanting to waste my precious credit. When I finished "Room" I immediately went back to the beginning and listened a second time. A very well spent credit for sure!!!!
I have been a member of Audible since 2007. I read this book in November of 2008. I now have over 400 books in my audible library and this book remains undefeated as one of my top five listens.
I chose this book because I love mysteries and thrillers but it turned out to be so much more than that.
This book is so enlightening as to the reality of what living in a depressed society is like. I was growing up in America as a child of the same age as the characters in this book and none of us ever had a clue how lucky we are and what freedom really means.
I feel that anyone that does not appreciate how fortunate we are to live in this free country of ours should read this book.
I understand the author took 10 years to write this book.............he probably didn't feel like wasting any more of his precious time by giving it an ending. Sorry I wasted my time listening to it!!
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