Apr 272017
 

Room by Emma Donoghue
Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 10 hours and 52 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Audible.com Release Date: September 13, 2010

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.

What I Thought:
Wow! This book kept me in it’s grasp from start to finish. I didn’t want to stop listening for a minute.

I can’t imagine being held captive like that. For Ma, the horror was being in Room. To Jack, it was all he knew. Ma made sure he had as normal a childhood as he could. Teaching him, making sure he got excersise, playing games, watching tv. But she wanted to get them out of there. When she planned their escape, I was scared for Jack. I didn’t know if he could do it. But he did! Then I wondered if he’d be able to lead the police to Room, and he did!

They were finally free, but that’s when the truth hit Jack. Everything he thought was only in tv or Room, was actually out in the world too. And there was so much more out there. He saw and felt the sun for the first time. He talked to someone other than Ma for the first time. He saw a real dog, tree, cars….

This book was amazing. I thought it ended too abrubtly, and was wanting more. I wanted to know how Ma and Jack did in the following years. Still, I loved this book. It was so sad, but had a few funny parts. It shows that there is always hope. There was one part concerning Ma that shocked me. I still struggle with it. If you haven’t read this book, you’re missing a good one. I’m glad I listened to the audio version. All the narrators did a great job.

I loved ROOM!

  22 Responses to “Audiobook Review:
Room by Emma Donoghue”

  1. I have this book on my Kindle…and would have read it by now, I think, if I hadn’t already seen the movie. Afterwards, the need to grab it seemed to fade, which is strange, since I loved the movie…and will probably enjoy the book.

    Thanks for sharing…and reminding me that I must read this one!

    • I read the book first and then watched the movie, which I plan on reviewing soon. I thought the book was so much better. Of course they had to take some of the book out due to time limits.

  2. I loved this one as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Loved your review. I loved the book too!!

  4. I read this when it was first released and liked it. Never saw the movie though.

  5. Vicki, I loved this book, too, even though I didn’t finish reading it. I think this would work very well as an audio book. Terrific review!

  6. Now you need to see the movie.

  7. I was afraid this book would be too depressing but I love your review. Ok, it goes on the list!

  8. I was hesitant at first about a child’s voice for narration, but ended up loving it, too!

  9. I haven’t read the book, but the movie was good.

  10. I’ve avoided reading this book because I thought it sounded creepy. You convinced me this might be a book I could really get into. I’ll give it a try. Thanks Vicki.

  11. Oh gosh I too never read this one. Now I really want to. I’ll listen to the audiobook!

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