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Room Audiobook

Room: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2010 Emma Donoghue (P)2010 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Powerful.... Seen entirely through Jack's eyes and childlike perceptions, the developments in this novel--there are enough plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of breathtaking suspense--are astonishing.... Donoghue brilliantly portrays the psyche of a child raised in captivity...will keep readers rapt." (Publishers Weekly)

"Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days." (Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry)

"This is a truly memorable novel, one that can be read through myriad lenses - psychological, sociological, political. It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Linda Fuller Silver 01-19-11
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    "EXCELLENT PORTRAYAL OF A SIMPLE & REALISTIC STORY"

    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!

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    An Amazon Customer 01-18-11
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    "Compelling"

    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?

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    Robert JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 01-16-11
    Robert JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 01-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Extremely Compelling and Very Original"

    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.

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    Julie 01-16-11
    Julie 01-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Haunting"

    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.

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    Petr Cold Spring Harbor, NY, United States 01-16-11
    Petr Cold Spring Harbor, NY, United States 01-16-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting premise, uninsightful execution"

    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.

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    Howard Scottsdale, AZ, United States 01-15-11
    Howard Scottsdale, AZ, United States 01-15-11
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    "A Rare Book that Doesn't Do Well as an Audio Book"

    "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.

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    Tom Portland, OR, United States 01-14-11
    Tom Portland, OR, United States 01-14-11
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    "You will utterly fall in love with Jack"

    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!

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    Jared Provo, UT, United States 01-13-11
    Jared Provo, UT, United States 01-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Maybe i was too excited to read it..."

    or maybe it wasn't really up to the hype - all i know is that i didn't like it for very deep feelings of how it made me think and feel during it, and after over 150 audiobooks it was one of the few i couldn't wait for it to end, and not because i wanted to know the ending - but more because i wanted to move to something else...i don't think it was the narration, although that didn't help at all - but possibly the way the story was presented...

    but i REALLY wanted to like it when i started it, and can't say that wasn't the reason i didn't...

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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 01-13-11
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 01-13-11
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    "One Room = a Universe to a child"

    That the writer and the woman can manage to keep you (and the child character) from dying of boredom (far from it indeed) for much of the book is quite a feat. There were many complaints about the child's point of view or narration but they sounded as close as reasonable and with the intonations that a REAL child would need serious coaching as a narrator (esp. this child's age). The entire book is a very unique thriller. I won't spoil the plot or simply retell the story just recommend it as an excellent book that helps you look at the world through the eyes of a child and jadedness of an adult.

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    Jud Williams 01-12-11
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    "Great Start But Weak Ending..."

    I was initially enthralled with the situation and the two main characters, and how they were dealing with an unbelievable situation. Unlike other reviewers, I found Jack's voice the most endearing of the readers. It was spellbinding imagining what would come of these prisoners - could there be an escape, how would the captor handle their effort to free themselves... and then the book... (like this review) seemed to lose energy... "its like a crater, a hole, where something happened...and then I close the door." Goodbye Room!

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