Room

  • by Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, Robert Petkoff
  • 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Marcie "Not Guildford! NYC, and damn proud of it. My mother's tongue used to cleave to the roof of her mouth from reading to me, now i pay others."

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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- C. Whigham "caz"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2010
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.