Room

Room

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful--and attempts a nail-biting escape.
Publisher: [New York] : Hachette Audio, 2010
ISBN: 9781607886280
1607886286
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book

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lilmisslibrary Dec 17, 2010

A little different reading through the innocent eyes of a 5 year old, but this book is fantastic. So well written, you will just fly through this book, mainly because you can't put it down!


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GillyGal Oct 21, 2017

This book took me by surprise. I started listening to the story and found myself intrigued. The narrator chosen for the audio was excellent. I thought the story was well written and suspenseful. I would recommend this book even though it is not an easy read.

AL_SUSANJ Aug 05, 2017

A powerful story highlighting the unbreakable bond between mother and son. How do you make lemons out of lemonade? Ask Jack, the courageous 5 year old who has lived in a room the size of a garage his entire life and has never been outside. This dynamic duo reminded me of what is really important to share with my children...time.

SCL_Leanne Jul 17, 2017

I don't often re-read books but I did with this one. A work of fiction that is so believable. Emma Donoghue has written a fantastic story about a horrible situation.

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cassmazza
May 04, 2017

I read this book for the first time 5 years ago and it is still my absolute favourite!! Everything about this book is brilliant. There is such a beautiful bond between mother and son, despite the brutal circumstances that they are forced to live with. Child innocence is such a big part of this book, specifically because it is narrated by five-year-old Jack. Very very realistic. Loved it!!!!!!!

Also- the movie is nothing in comparison to this book. The movie disregards a lot of important details and drags on near the end. Would definitely recommend the book instead.

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E_Ritchie
Apr 29, 2017

I have never met a book that I have loved more fully from the first word. It is a captivating novel, involving a mother's strength and perseverance, and her son's marvelous ability to make the most out of their situation. Be warned, it is a difficult read, because of the subject matter and the perspective, but well worth it. If you are a fan of different perspectives, or are really interested in how perspectives can influence characterization, this is a book for you. The mind of Jack gives the whole book an imaginative and innocent spin to the novel, balancing the other brutal aspects. And do not worry, there is a happy ending to look forward to.

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BSparkes
Apr 06, 2017

Dreadful book and very hard to read. Not a book if you want light entertaining reading.

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Hvevans
Mar 24, 2017

This novel gives the reader the ability to be transported into 5 year old jacks mind and understand his perspective of the world, which to him is an 11 X 11 room, in which he is raised. Up until he is five, everything not in Room that we know as real is "TV" to Jack. Jack is completely unaware of their horrific situation because being in Room is all he knows, and everything in Room are his friends. It makes the novel easy to read and very difficult to put down.

MVBOOKCLUB Feb 06, 2017

Most people in the book club had already read this book once and because of the difficult subject matter were not able to read it a second time.
Mother's love, strength, and the language used were all great topics of discussion.

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reeread
Jan 31, 2017

Very cleverly done. The author carried Jack's voice and perspective for the entire story. I'd love to read the story from Ma's perspective. I imagine it would be a lot darker.

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Jemmalee
Jan 10, 2017

Writing this novel from the perspective of a 5-year-old was a bold choice by the author, and unfortunately I don't think it paid off. It took a lot of getting used to and by the end of the novel I was quite sick of the speech used and ready to finish the book as quick as possible. However, it had a good storyline and I was able to feel the mother's frustration at their situation. The book did drag on just a bit, and there were quite a few parts that lacked any sort of movement in the plot. Overall, this book captures the horror of what it would be like to be imprisoned as they were and has a good storyline.

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Crheneghan Feb 03, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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mintbutterfly10
Jul 28, 2016

This book is heart-wrenching. A heroic mother caring for her son, whilst held captive in a tiny shed with only a sky light to view the world.

This was a very interesting, disturbing book that, while slow moving at times, kept me intrigued because of how psychologically suspenseful it was.

Jack is the narrator and, at 5 years old, has an interesting voice that varies between young/stunted and much more sophisticated. That is thanks to being raised completely confined to a Room with his mother, who was abducted at age 19 and kept locked up by her captor ever since. Jack and his mother spend every second together inventing games and exercises and such to pass the time and stay healthy. The time comes to make an escape plan, but can they survive in the outside world where Jack is unsure of his spacial surroundings and how to interact with anyone but his Ma?

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