Saturday, 25 May 2013

Room

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Let me start with telling you how amazing audiobooks are. Listening to someone tell me a story is one of the great pleasures of my life.
I usually listen to it on my walks or in the car, or when I can't fall asleep (it works for kids, and it also works for me. All you insomniacs out there, try it, it's guaranteed success!).

What makes an audiobook extraordinary is the people who read it to you. And oh boy, does Room ever fit this category. I was completely mesmerized by Jack's voice and story. It is one of my all-time fave audiobooks and I know I will listen to it over and over again for years to come.
Here is a little sample (the actual book starts at 0:45 secs):

Jack is five years old. To him, Room is the entire world. He lives there with his Ma: eating, playing, learning, sleeping -  all in a 11-by-11-foot space. At night Ma locks him in the wardrobe to keep him safe from Old Nick.

Old Nick abducted Jack's mom 7 years earlier and has kept her locked up in this room. Jack is a result of Old Nick's continued rape.
Room is home to Jack, but a prison to Ma. She devises a bold escape plan that relies mostly on Jack - and with a lot of luck and Jack's bravery they manage to get away.

Goodreads put it perfectly: "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."

I adored this audiobook. You can't stop listening, it is utterly beautiful. Emma Donoghue managed to put a positive and hopeful spin on a terrible tragedy - the abduction and rape of a young woman. Jack gives Ma a reason to live and saves her from insanity and giving up. It is an amazing story!

If you want to learn more about Room, click on the link below.
Room

xo Miriam
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  1. each time i go to the library i think about getting one, but i never do! maybe i should :D

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    1. Do it! I find it so soothing, totally love it

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  2. I've been meaning to read this book and maybe I'll finally do it this summer! (If I can pull myself away from reading blogs...haha)
    ~ Samantha

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