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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2010: In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue's Room is rife with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time. --Lynette Mong
Starred Review. Five-year-old Jack and his Ma live and eat and play and sleep in one room--an 11×11-foot space that is their prison--captives of the terrifying man Jack calls Old Nick. But as Jack grows older and more curious, it becomes clear that the room will not be able to hold him and Ma forever. Michal Friedman shines as Jack; her narration is haunting and compelling in its every inflection and tone. The voice she creates for Jack is so convincing, listeners may even mistake her for an actual child. Her powerful performance is complemented by Robert Petcoff's sinister Old Nick, and Ellen Archer's portrayal of resourceful Ma, whose gentle voice is infused with patience, terror, and hope. The chemistry between the players creates a gem of an audiobook that will haunt listeners long after the story's end. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, July 12). (Sept.)
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Amazing and unique story. The fact that the whole story comes from Jack's point of view gives the story a different kind of perspective and makes their situation as endearing as it... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Well Read Red Head Reviews
One word comes to mind when thinking about this book: amazing.
An incredibly heart wrenching story as told by a 5 year old boy, which makes the story even more touching and,... Read more
When I first started this book, I was very surprised by the way the word were mixed up. I mistakenly thought I would not like this book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by toni regula
The best book I have ever read. I've never had a book make my heart race so fast and draw me in so much. Absolutely amazing. Must readPublished 1 day ago by Nico
Couldn't put this book down. As a new mum I felt for the characters all the way.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Unusual--very hard to read sometimes. I was disappointed that main character almost gives up, especially after everything she has been through; this does not fit the character she... Read morePublished 2 days ago by yodasister2
Room is well written and tells an interesting story. The problem for me, is that if you know anything about the Fritzl case in Austria, it's pretty clear she is telling a modified... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Manjushri
So disappointed! First off it took many pages of boredom, trying to find the flow as the story is told by a five year old. My 2 year old spoke in complete sentences... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer