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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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    Kent Springfield, VA, United States 01-27-11
    Kent Springfield, VA, United States 01-27-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Somewhat Irritating...but finishable!"

    The overall story was not bad - but could have been written in half (or less) the pages. As it was, and due in great degree to the aforementioned unnecessarily extended storyline, the listener gets pretty darn tired of hearing Jack drone on and on (whining, actually!). This kid is SERIOUSLY in need of an attitude adjustment! Okay - granted he's a kid trapped in a microcosm...but he doesn't know that. In many cases, his mother does give him solid guidance, but later lapses in her parenting skills (consistency!)...and lets Jack get much too bossy! Sure, okay - inconsistent parenting IS a slice of reality, but this depiction just feels especially annoying since this behavior is REALLY inconsistent with Mom's overall character. There's a LOT of this, peppered throughout the storyline, and it's extremely irritating. Mom seems to otherwise be a pretty level-headed parent - despite their unusual (bizarre!) situation.

    The main narrator was pretty good at using multiple voices/tones, but the pitch/volume used for Jack eventually just wore me down - it got too whiney and sing-songy. Oh, and I did have a little problem with the voice of Mom sounding pretty sophisticated and intelligent, but making some pretty stupid decisions. I guess the voice didn't really seem to fit the character profile very well.

    All in all, I'm glad I listened to this book, but if I'd been reading hardcopy, I'd probably have been able to skim over the redundancies (yeah, yeah, yeah - Jack's whining yet AGAIN!), and crank through it faster than the 11 hours of this audiobook narration.

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    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 01-24-11
    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 01-24-11 Member Since 2016

    I'm always looking for that well written gem.

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    "Ultimately, unlistenable."

    Listening to the mind and voice of a child for that long, was simply too much to endure. I could not finish listening to this book.

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    Wendy 01-23-11
    Wendy 01-23-11

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    "Interesting plot"

    An interesting plot, fairly well written. Some parts were longer than they needed to be and some fell short but overall a good listen, very engaging.

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    J. Mcgill Winston 01-23-11 Member Since 2005

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    "the sound of children..."

    it's been a rarity, that the sound of narration in a childs voice hasn't made me skin crawl (most prominently in "the road') and i was a bit nervous going into this, but it was done flawlessly. the ending was the 'right' resolve, but still wanted a bit more.

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    Alexander Sarasota, FL, United States 01-23-11
    Alexander Sarasota, FL, United States 01-23-11
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    "Like nails on a blackboard"

    I can't believe I survived this audiobook. The sing-song little boy character's voice was incredibly annoying. I stuck out the ordeal hoping something would happen. When something does, the author deals with it quickly, to move onto more excrutiatingly dull prose. Here's the summary. Not much happens, something happens, then a lot of nothing happens. The end. Ugh.

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    Ann 01-23-11
    Ann 01-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Emma Donoghue is a Creative Genius"

    This book is so creative, yet so believeable, it doesn't let go of you for a minute. The details of Jack and Ma's situation are well researched and ring true, inside and outside. The narration is outstanding, especially by the reader of Jack's character. One of the best audiobooks I've listened to.

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    Brian GREENEVILLE, TN, United States 01-22-11
    Brian GREENEVILLE, TN, United States 01-22-11 Member Since 2017
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    "gets better as you go..."

    I grew very weary of the book in the first 1-1.5 hours. The narration style and perceived oddities about Jack's speech led me to stop the audiobook for a bit and almost give it up. However, I found myself drawn back to it, and several hours in, could not stop listening without wondering about the next turn of events. It is a painful, disturbing and yet touching and heartfelt exploration of the depths of maternal love. The characteristics that make it annoying to listen to at first become central to Jack's interpretation of his world if stuck with long enough to get caught up in the story. "Room" is a haunting novel well worth a listen.

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    Edda 01-19-11
    Edda 01-19-11
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    "A Favorite"

    I instantly fell in love with Jacker-Jack, the main character. He's the sweetest little boy. I kept listening to the book over and over. I couldn't let go. Jacker-Jack stole my heart. It's hard to believe it's actually a female narrator playing this 5 year old boy. She sure had me fooled.

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    J bird Pittsburgh, PA, United States 01-19-11
    J bird Pittsburgh, PA, United States 01-19-11 Member Since 2016
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    "a great story, but maybe not for listening?"

    Like some other reviewers have mentioned, I found the narrative to be a bit tedious. It was hard listening to Jack's singsongy voice for the entirety of the book. I also found Noreen's Irish accent to be lacking. The story itself was both chilling and heartwarming, and those two things are probably rare together.

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    Linda Fuller Silver 01-19-11

    Registered nurse, retired. A book lover with limited vision due to cancer.nobody does it better than Audible, which I call AWE-DIBLE1

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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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