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Room Audiobook

Room: A Novel

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. 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, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
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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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    Carmela08 San Antonio, TX 10-09-10
    Carmela08 San Antonio, TX 10-09-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Every once in awhile, a book comes along. . ."

    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.

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    Sara walkersville, md, United States 10-02-10
    Sara walkersville, md, United States 10-02-10
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    "Room with a hearing"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mebythesea 09-27-10
    Mebythesea 09-27-10

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Thank you Audible!"

    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!

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    Tanya Kennesaw, GA, United States 09-27-10
    Tanya Kennesaw, GA, United States 09-27-10
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    "Outstanding!"

    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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keisha 09-26-10
    Keisha 09-26-10
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    "Good but not great for me"

    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.

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    Jayne Charlotte, NC, United States 09-24-10
    Jayne Charlotte, NC, United States 09-24-10
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    "Unique and compelling"

    This is such an interesting and delightful way to tell a very compelling and disturbing story. Telling the story from the perspective of a child was brilliant. Very worthwhile read.

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    Brook MARIETTA, GA, United States 09-24-10
    Brook MARIETTA, GA, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2013
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    "captivating.. ."

    ive listened to over 800 novels since ive begun my obsession with audiobooks. i would rate this novel within my top five favorites. while other books may be more "entertaining", on a superficial level, this novel is- for lack of better words- absolutely and completely fascinating, enthralling, and captivating. I have a wide range of tastes when it comes to fiction (be it scifi, mystery, fantasy, psychological, romantic, or even of the horror genre...), Yet, i feel that this book belongs in a category of its own.I highly recommend it to, well, ANYone who appreciates audiobooks. so enjoy!

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    Myron Gilbert 10-11-10 Member Since 2002
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    "I gave up after 2 hours into the 2nd part"

    The first part was pretty good. Then it got too "dramatic" for me. Various participants weren't believable. It got to the point that I didn't care how the book would end up.

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    J. Morrison 09-22-10
    J. Morrison 09-22-10
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    "Not Believable Unfortunately"

    All fiction depends upon some "suspension of belief", but this one asks too much. Within the first minute we hear a 5-year old boy musing about his age, counting down from 5 to 1 (not probable), then asking his mother if he was "minus 1" in heaven before that and "minus 2" before that. Negative numbers in decreasing order from a 5 year old? Not remotely probable.

    That, coupled with a narrator's voice that is high-pitched and rather annoying, led me to bail out on this book early.

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-02-16
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-02-16

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "ROOM"

    Savor a fictional story that is as real as the sun. This audio book is an excellent narration that enriches the power of Emma Donogheu’s story.

    The beginning of the book places a listener in the mind of a five-year old (Jack) and his mother (Ma), observing a world that seems off-center, almost surreal.

    As early chapters unfold, a listener is drawn into a labyrinth of a mother’s fear and loathing. The mother’s fear and loathing is contrasted with the joy and wonder of her young son. The listener is puzzled by how and why that contrast exists. As the cause of the difference in perception becomes clear, the listener begins to admire the strength and wisdom of Ma and the naiveté and precociousness of Jack.

    Returning to a normal life after experiencing trauma, whether it is the stress of imprisonment, accident, or war is as harrowing as the trauma itself. Donogheu captures the difficulty of that return. She writes about the fragility that adults like Ma or a war veteran must feel when returning to the work day world. Donogheu shines a bright light on the importance of professional help in recovery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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