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Editorial Reviews

In this episode of Symphony Space’s Thalia Book Club, best-selling author Michael Cunningham hosts an insightful and thought-provoking conversation with Emma Donoghue, author of the award-winning and much-acclaimed 2010 novel Room, which tells the story of a young boy and his mother being held together in captivity.

Cunningham is a sharp and funny interviewer, and his conversation with Donoghue is both illuminating and entertaining. Donoghue is open and extremely forthcoming, sharing insights into the process of her novel’s construction, and engaging in a lively dialogue with Cunningham about her authorial intentions. A must-listen for fans of Donoghue’s spellbinding book!

Publisher's Summary

Emma Donoghue discusses her extraordinary new novel with author Michael Cunningham (The Hours and By Nightfall). This wondrous book is told from the point of view of a five-year-old boy who lives with his mother in an 11-by-11 foot room. Performance playlist: Reading by Michal Friedman, a conversation between Emma Donoghue and Michael Cunningham, and a discussion with the audience.

Listen to Room.
©2010 Symphony Space (P)2010 Symphony Space

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  • stephanie
  • Commerce, GA, United States
  • 09-27-11

BE CAREFUL

Be careful when clicking on this product!! I thought that I was getting the audio book but got some sort of commentary/discussion instead. I wasted my money and don't even have the book to listen to ;0( So disappointed!!!

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Maria
  • Hope Mills, NC, United States
  • 06-05-13

This is NOT the book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is exactly why people get frustrated with this type of service. This is not the book but a discussion between the author and another author. I am sure the discussion is fine. I wanted the book read to me.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Gibby
  • BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States
  • 01-05-14

This is not the full book

Would you try another book from Emma Donoghue and/or Michael Cunningham?

This is not the audible book and should be renamed something that describes what it is exactly. I'll now go buy the Kindle book and read it. I thought I scored finding an audible book for less then the kindle book. I feel ripped off for what I paid.

What other book might you compare Thalia Book Club: Emma Donoghue's 'Room' to and why?

the real book

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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Any additional comments?

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Discussion

I must admit that I thought I was purchasing the actual book and was rather perturbed that it was a book discussion. Clearly, I was rushing and didn't read the details. My bad.

Coming from a position of disgust to thoroughly enjoying this book discussion is indicative of how great the presenters were. I am excited to purchase the actual book to read. And, I will have far more insight and understanding of what I'm listening to.

HIGHLY recommend this discussion either before or after you read the book, "Room."

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Yes this is NOT the BOok!

This is a discussion of the book not the book itself. Well worth a couple of bucks more if you enjoyed the book. All of the idiots who didn't pay attention to what they were buying and posted one-star reviews should be disregarded.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not the book

Amazon said I was buying the book. This is nothing. Only small bit of the book actually read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sara
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 04-27-15

Not the full book

What disappointed you about Thalia Book Club: Emma Donoghue's 'Room'?

I thought this was the full book.

What could Emma Donoghue have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I thought this was the full book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I thought this was the full book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, I thought this was the full book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Shame on Amazon!! Misleading!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is NOT the audio book... Advertised as a discounted audio book and is actually an interview??!! We PAY for an interview and cannot return when realized. Won't be reading the book now!

What could Emma Donoghue have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not a book.

What didn’t you like about Michael Cunningham’s performance?

Not a book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger - not a book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful