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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (205,065 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emma Donoghue Narrator: Michael Cunningham Publisher: Symphony Space Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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Emma Donoghue discusses her extraordinary new novel with author Michael Cunningham (The Hours and By Nightfall). This wondrous book is told from the point of view of a five-year-old boy who lives with his mother in an 11-by-11 foot room. Performance playlist: Reading by Michal Friedman, a conversation between Emma Donoghue and Michael Cunningham, and a discussion with the audience.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayleigh | 1/23/2014

    " I found it extremely difficult to read, as Jack was not empathetic towards his Ma at all. He constantly made her do things she didn't want to do, and I know he maybe didn't know better, but I thought Ma had done an excellent job in raising him in Room. The sophisticated, complicated vocabulary Jack sometimes uses would suggest he is more intelligent then the average five year old boy, but sometimes he gets simple vocabulary wrong, despite his Ma correcting him often. For example, he kept saying "brung" instead of "brought" and at times like these I felt as though it was just Emma Donoghue trying to act like a five year old boy, it wasn't natural. Overall, I thought the story was good, and it tackled issues that are still present today, but the way in which it was told did not make me feel much for Jack, although I felt a lot of emotions for Ma. I gave this book three stars, because it wasn't as awful as some people say it is, but it is definitely overrated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pammie | 1/18/2014

    " I found this book difficult to get into right at first; the writing is excellent, the point of view of a five-year-old who has never been outside of an 11x11 room is compelling; however, the subject of slavery and abuse was very, very tough. Once I got past the initial revulsion (although there are no graphic descriptions), the tale of Jack and Ma took hold of me. So much to think about in terms of our perceptions of parenting, of social interaction, of television and media in general...I still have a lot of questions about what will happen to these two, but it does make me more aware of my own life and relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Schmitz | 1/17/2014

    " I couldn't stop reading, even though this was distrubing on such a deep level for me. To even imagine the hell that this woman and child were put through.....and yet the boy knew nothing else. The mother in this story reminds us what lengths we will go to in order to protect our children! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantelle Brigden | 1/15/2014

    " I found this book hard to get into at first (it's told from the perspective of a five-year old). However, I'm really glad I stuck with it: it was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martina Muller | 1/11/2014

    " One of the best books to discuss with your BOOKCLUB! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 1/10/2014

    " I highly suggest that you listen to the audiobook. I started to read the book and got frustrated with the format. The audiobook had me hooked immediately and the dialogue became tolerable by the second chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danette V | 1/8/2014

    " I loved it...it was so different, and shocking, but also tender and sweet. I went through many emotions as the story unfolded and it has always remained one of those books I won't every forget. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Knock | 12/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's not an easy read at times given the subject matter, but it's told in such a compelling and vivid way that you cannot help but enjoy it. I found the ending especially insightful and surprising. Highly recommeneded "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 11/27/2013

    " That was uncomfortably good. The first 50 pages or so I was ready to write the whole thing off because the style was a little off-putting, but I finally got used to it. The discomfort continued, but in a challenging way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie Webb | 11/9/2013

    " I did not enjoy reading this - too creepy. Hated the point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Grassmick | 11/5/2013

    " If told from any other perspective this would be a ripped from the headlines type of book. But told from the voice of a five year old born to a woman held prisoner in a bunker for 5 years, it is altogether engaging, uplifting and heartbreaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollyberry | 8/5/2013

    " WOW, what a read! I loved this book, I have never read anything like this. Such an interesting perspective, and gives you huge insight in to the mind of a 5 year old, and how they view this world, and it really opens your eyes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manjot | 4/23/2013

    " Could not put this book down! It was amazing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette Mathern | 12/23/2012

    " sometimes imaginative but mostly just tedious reading. i realize that's partly the point--their utter boredom--but it was tiring to stay in the 5-year-old's vocabulary for the whole book. not sorry i read it but, hmmm, certainly glad it's over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Smith | 12/9/2012

    " This book was heartbreaking and just an amazing read. It was a little difficult at first since it's from a child's point of view, but once you get into it you just can't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 8/27/2012

    " Ended up really enjoying the story that I thought would be sad and hard to read. Great perspective, loved the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexandra Stanbrook | 6/24/2012

    " Finding it hard to get into this one! Hard to read as it is written from th point of view of a four year old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cill Milam | 5/29/2012

    " Creepy to be out in the child's head and how he views the world. Good quick read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie Mcmanus larocco | 5/10/2012

    " It was very interesting! I was actually frustrated when it ended! I wanted more! I wanted to know if Jack ended up normal or if it really affected his long term life. I want a sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shana | 4/10/2012

    " Best read I have had in a while. I would read it again and again and again. Just a brilliant book!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 3/6/2012

    " w e i r d "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tootsie | 1/22/2012

    " A rather dark read but kept my attention. Overall a very good book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judith | 7/9/2011

    " I actually can't say I read this book because I couldn't get past the first 10 pages. So many people were riveted, and so I can't help but think if I picked it up at a different point in my life I might have a different experience. So, maybe I will try again. "

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About the Author
Author Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue, born in Dublin in 1969, is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction whose novels include the New York Times bestseller Room, as well as the bestselling Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter, Landing, Life Mask, Hood, and Stirfry. Her story collections are The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, Kissing the Witch, and Touchy Subjects. She also writes literary history and plays for stage and radio.

About the Narrator

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. He lives in New York, and teaches at Yale University.