A Novel

Donoghue, Emma

Audiobook CD - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A five-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager.

Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 1607886278
Branch Call Number: CD F DON


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Dec 07, 2014
  • Bududo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The narrator is a 5 year-old boy who has been held captive in an 11 foot square room. The mother struggles to protect the boy, keep him active, and advance his education. The boy's language and mathematical skills are advanced because of the attention from his mother but his understanding of the world outside the room is very limited. Unfortunately, the voice of the narrator is uneven in sophistication. The story may have been helped if the mother's voice was added to the narrator's voice.

Oct 31, 2014

Storyline aside, fair warning that I listened to this audiobook for about 5 minutes and then had to return it. The whole book is in the shrill voice of a five year old. I'm going back to reading the ebook, but if you can listen to a high pitched kid's voice for all those hours, you might enjoy it.

Mar 26, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was most impressed by Donoghue's talent for writing in the voice of 5-year-old Jack. For a circumstance that is incredibly depressing (being trapped in a glorified shed for his whole life with his mother, who had been abducted), Jack's innocence, curiosity, and candor provide enough comic relief to help readers get through the darker spots. Ultimately this probably isn't a book I will pick up again any time soon, but I found it fascinating.

Mar 13, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

audio version was well done.

Dec 06, 2013

I liked this book, but I didn't love it. The audio version is great as the characters' voices are very distinctive (on that note I have no idea what kind of accent Noreen is attempting - sometimes it sounds Spanish and at other times Irish, and Grandma's voice sounds far too elderly for someone who is only 59!!). I found the first part of the novel very engaging, intense, and suspenseful. The remainder of the novel became dull and repetitive. Some of it is unrealistic - there is no way that a television journalist would treat a woman who has gone through an ordeal such as "ma" has experienced, in the manner presented. Grandma does not have much patience for someone who only recently has become acquainted with her only grandson who has never been in the outside......just my opinion of course...

Aug 14, 2013
  • TheresaAJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this for the Willa Cather Book Club August discussion. I concur with most reviewers about this being an original novel told from a 5-year-old boy's perspective. The audio version was especially well done with four distinct voices. It should be an interesting discussion in a few weeks.

Jul 22, 2013

five year old jack and a room consisting of only 11 square foot space is the only place he has been in-since he was born. his life has consisted television that is mostly black and white, food and supplies that are brought from a man named old nick..... and has the mentality thinking that this room- is the whole world. his mom has been in this room for a long time but is sick and tired of it... she needs to escape this "prision" but she can't do it..... jack needs to....
is jack capable to help her mom escape or not knowing that there is "another world" out there is what will bring the down

May 11, 2013
  • SuzeParker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'll never forget that I was reading this book during the week that the three young women in Cleveland escaped after having been held captive in a home there for 10 years, and that one of them has a six-year-old daughter. The parallels to Room are eerie. I liked this book very much. Stepping into the mind of five-year-old Jack, from whose perspective the book is written, was a more effective way to understand the story than if it had been told from the mother's perspective. Through Jack's eyes, Emma Donoghue does a great job of conveying Jack's mother's sense of futility early in the book, her growing determination to escape, her struggles to face the outside world again and, throughout, her fierce love for and desire to protect her child. There were some things that didn't ring true (e.g., Jack's quick acceptance that his Ma was no longer going to breastfeed him, or the fact that being "outside" wasn't as traumatic for him as it was for Ma), but overall I found Jack to be a likeable character and Room to be a hopeful book.

Feb 25, 2013
  • mogie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was probably better to have listened to than read. It was REALLY well done! An interesting story with great pacing.

Jul 29, 2012
  • sports21 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

to be honest, the book is 10 times better

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Mar 13, 2014
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jescar82 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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