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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (204,737 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma Donoghue Narrator: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, Robert Petkoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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To five year old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up, it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five year old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child. Donoghue has crafted a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can’t compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it’s potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory.”

    Michael Cunningham, New York Times bestselling author of The Hours

  • “A novel so disturbing that we defy you to stop thinking about it, days later.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Remarkable…Jack’s voice is one of the pure triumphs of the novel: in him, she has invented a child narrator who is one of the most engaging in years—his voice so pervasive I could hear him chatting away during the day when I wasn't reading the book…This is a truly memorable novel, one that can be read through myriad lenses—psychological, sociological, political. It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year.”

    Washington Post

  • Room is likely to haunt readers for days, if not longer. It is, hands down, one of the best books of the year.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Be warned: once you enter, you’ll be Donoghue’s willing prisoner right down to the last page.”


  • “A bravura performance.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Book Prize for Best Book: Canada and the Caribbean
  • Winner of the Salon Magazine Best Book Award for Fiction
  • A 2010 NPR Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2011 YALSA Alex Award
  • Winner of the 2011 Indies Choice Book Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the September 2010 Indie Next List
  • An ALA Notable Book for Fiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the 2011 Orange Prize Shortlist
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A 2010 Man Booker Prize Finalist
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller for December 2015

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beverly Alexander-tillison | 2/11/2014

    " I like variety and in this novel I got it. Why can't a novel Protagonist be a five year old? Reading this novel from his vantage point allows the reader to remember what life was like when your life only centered on your immediate environment and your mom. Then again I'm a sentimental crybaby. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison Agius | 1/21/2014

    " I loved the viewpoint of this book. Seeing the world through the innocence of a child reminds us of its purity, openness and wonder. The basic premise being "everything is good" is a wonderful reminder of how gently and softly we should mould and nurture our children, but also, conversely, how robust they really are! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny Hawley | 12/25/2013

    " I felt like this book started very slow, and at first I wasn't enjoying it all that much, but a point came when I absolutely couldn't put it down. Ultimately, I found it fascinating, and while the topic - a kidnapped woman held hostage for 7 years, raped repeatedly, to the point of bearing a child, who is also held captive - seems horrible to read about, the 5 year old narrator never allows it to be morose or too disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lena | 11/4/2013

    " Highly enjoyable. Read it with daughter - reading out loud in turns to each other. A lot of funny moments and words that boy can't say properly made us chuckle, a lot of discovering of his 'new world' made us think about the things we take for granted. Some wobbly, scary bits to keep you interested as well. We enjoyed the book tremendously! "

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