Friday, June 29, 2018

[Audiobook Review] Room by Emma Donoghue

I read this book for the first time back in April of 2016. When it was picked for my book club, I couldn't wait to give it another read!

I checked the book out from the library, but unfortunately I just didn't have the time to pick it up...

Two days before we were scheduled to meet up to discuss the book, I snagged the audiobook from Libby and listened to it for hours one afternoon on a sped up option, and then finished it up the next day.

Let's dive in!

Room by Emma Donoghue
Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren

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...not for her or for him. 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, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

My thoughts:
The story itself is absolutely incredible, and listening to it rather than reading the physical text is a very different experience!

I loved that Jack, the five-year-old, was the narrator because hearing the storyline through his POV was very powerful. However, it did take some time to get used to the narration of Jack's voice. At first it was quite annoying, to be totally honest. But I got used to it soon enough.

My favorite passages:
I’m not in Room. Am I still me?

I yawn so huge it nearly knocks me over.

In the world I notice persons are nearly always stressed and have no time. Even Grandma often says that, but she and Steppa don’t have jobs, so I don’t know how persons with jobs do the jobs and all the living as well.

My final thoughts: 
I definitely recommend this one! The story is just so intense, but because it is through the POV of a child, the innocence of the child will break your heart. And while I enjoyed the audio version, I definitely preferred reading the actual text more than listening in this case.

Thanks for reading!


  1. I read this one back when I was in college and I loved it. I bet it would be great on audio. I was pretty impressed with Jabob Tremblay's performance in the film adaptation even though it didn't pack quite the punch (I don't think it was marketed the rifht way).

    1. That's so interesting! I actually thought the movie was just slightly better than the book (which hardly ever happens for me!). But I agree with the bad marketing, because I wasn't interested in the movie when I first heard about it. But then I read the book!

  2. I love audiobooks when I am driving, but if the voice of the narrator is annoying it makes it hard work! I have been wanting to read this book, I am glad you enjoyed it though.

    1. Definitely! It HAS to be a great narrator for me to get passed a few minutes.

  3. This book is so popular, especially with the movie that came out - I might have to check it out!

  4. I liked this one too. I read it years ago. Good to know the audiobook wasn’t very good. If I ever reread it I’ll stick with the print book.

  5. I loved this book when I read it too. It was so intense and reading it from the point of view of a child just gutted me emotionally.

  6. I absolutely love this book. I imagine an audio version would be so good, too! Glad you loved it. You should definitely watch the movie, as well - it's incredible :)

    1. I LOVE the movie!! I actually like it more than the book! :)