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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:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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