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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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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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    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-02-16
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-02-16 Member Since 2015

    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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    Adriane C. 05-07-15
    Adriane C. 05-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A difficult listen..."

    It was very hard to get into the story of this book because initially I was very distracted by the narration. It's very grating at times, and outright annoying at others. The grammar of the little boy was hard to listen to, and the little mistakes he made were not consistent. The little boy sucking on the rotted tooth of his mother takes up a lot of the time, and I couldn't get past how gross that was every time it was mentioned.

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    Wendy 01-05-15
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    "Needs better narration"
    Would you try another book from Emma Donoghue and/or the narrators?

    This may be an exceptional book but I couldn't get past the baby voice used for the child's narration


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    Cassandra Mikhail 06-05-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    Would you try another book from Emma Donoghue and/or the narrators?

    The narrator was too much for me. I couldn't continue listening. It may be great in paperback, but I'll likely not buy it after this.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13
    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13
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    "unique book"
    Would you try another book from Emma Donoghue and/or the narrators?

    I don't think so


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the basic story line was good, it is just different from the usual type I read/listen to ... it took most of the book to get used to it.


    Could you see Room being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


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    A Reader West Orange, NJ, United States 10-26-13
    A Reader West Orange, NJ, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "tiring after a while"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    change the perception back and forth perhaps


    Was Room worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    while the story told in the voice of young child is intriguing and interesting at first, it becomes tiresome half way through

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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