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Publisher's Summary

The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world.
It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five.
Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma, and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....
Told in Jack's voice, Room is the story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible. Unsentimental and sometimes funny, devastating yet uplifting, Room is a novel like no other.
©2010 Emma Donoghue (P)2010 Hachette Audio US
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Critic Reviews

"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)
" Room is one of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time. Jack moved me greatly. His voice, his story, his innocence, his love for Ma combine to create something very unusual and, I think, something very important.... Room deserves to reach the widest possible audience." (John Boyne)
"I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before." (Anita Shreve)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Marcie on 03-05-11

Like a car crash you cannot look away from

I have rarely heard a better production made with more care. This book is an excellent narrative told from the viewpoint of a child born into the captivity of a 12 x 12 room. It also makes us look at the superficiality of our culture and the extraordinary things that ordinary people can achieve if beset by hardship. In this case a woman who is kidnapped and forced to live in captivity for 7 years. If I get snowed into my house for 2 days I start freaking out, so I do not really want to imagine what this character has had to endure before we end up meeting her and her wonderful son Jack.

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5 out of 5 stars
By C. Whigham on 10-16-12

absolutely loved it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

after listening to this version i have chosen this book for my book club to read i could not put it down, it even inspired me to go running so i could keep listening!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

i loved jack such a stoic wee boy!

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

the narrators were great they made the story really come to life

If you could rename Room, what would you call it?

i woudlnt, and i love that its just 'room' and not 'the room' you need to read it to understand why

Any additional comments?

fab read it!!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Caroline on 01-29-11

reasonable

It took a while to get over the irritating Ralph Wigham ( from simpsons) voice, and to get into the situation the characters were in.

Once into it, the story was quite interesting and exciting how the characters were coping with the situation, the simplicity of existing.

So, all in all, a reasonable listen, just that irritating voice...listen to the preview before buying

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-15-11

Good listen

I wont review the book in great detail as others have done this. What I will say is that it is certainly a good story written cleverly from a child's perspective. It is however, let down by the narration. The 'childs' voice is grating to begin with, although I did get used to it as I got more into the story. The Irish and Australian accents were probably the worst I've ever heard - laughably so, which detracted from my enjoyment of the book. Don't let this put you off though - they only made brief appearances.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Thuvaraka on 04-19-16

A decent listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Room to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version but did watch the movie. I believe the audio version to be superior to the movie.

What did you like best about this story?

Exploration of the subject matter from the POV of a 5 year old child gave it a new layer.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator appeared to perfectly capture the essence of the 5 year old boy. The voice actor for the mother sounded somewhat disinterested, however overall I was pleased.

Any additional comments?

** spoiler alert **

I decided to listen to this book upon recommendation from a friend of mine who had thought it best that I begin without any clue to the plot. And so I began this book without any expectation of content or quality.

I found myself to be pleasantly surprised and I can understand why this was recommended to me given my line of work in mental health. As Jack slowly begins to describe his day to day life, there is a clear insight into how limited his world is. I have read negative reviews complaining about the constant child-like language and yet ability to pronounce difficult words like "hippopotami" but this is to be naturally expected with a young boy denied of social development and skills who has been taught to play "parrot". Life as he knows it does not exist beyond the walls of the room. The enmeshed relationship between mother and son are viewed as clearly pathological and yet I found this to be quite interesting. Similarly, due to his limited world, Jack was never taught about the perils of "stranger danger" and this is clearly noted in his interactions and lack of understanding regarding boundaries. Having said this, it appeared far too easy for Jack to overcome his separation anxiety, simply for the sake of plot movement. Similarly, his miraculous escape from the room did raise some eyebrows and I find it very strange that a paranoid kidnapper would not look at a supposedly deceased body to confirm this.

I felt that much was able to be gained from the mother's interactions with the boy. Despite the storytelling occurring from his point of view, I was able to connect with her own feelings of despair and frustration through her responses. Even through a simple repetition of her words by Jack, with no interpretations on his part, her defiance and associated guilt where easily communicable if attention is paid. Despite her acting as a sounding board, she was still able to fleshed out to a reasonable degree. I would have liked to get a better understanding of her true conflictual feelings for her son as even though she repeatedly states that Jack is her saviour, it is hard to believe that there were no warring emotions about her saviour being the son of her abuser and the subsequent paradox of her shining light as a constant reminder of her trauma.

Overall I would give this book 4 stars. It wasn't so engrossing that I felt compelled to read it all in one sitting. I did not find it suspenseful nor chilling. Rather I found it fascinating to consider the impact of social isolation on a child from birth and the subsequent struggles with assimilation into society.

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5 out of 5 stars
By deb on 02-08-16

I laughed and I cried! Artfully told by author and narrator.

Everything about this audio production and novel is excellent. How the author sustained the perspective of Jack throughout the novel is truly an art. The narrator of the audio had me both in tears and laughing. I'm not sure I will be able to be in public when I watch the movie as I found the story emotionally challenging. A truly extraordinary novel that comes to life in this audio version.

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