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Audiobook Reviews - Room, The Secret Life of Bees, and The Glass Castle

Updated on May 30, 2015

The Audiobook Review

The Audiobook Review is a series of articles posted for anyone looking for good audiobooks to read. Each issue will contain three reviews. For this first issue I chose three audiobooks that were exceptionally well written and narrated.

Audiobook Review: Room, by Emma Donoghue

They were locked in a garden shed... for years.
They were locked in a garden shed... for years. | Source

Room, by Emma Donoghue

Room: A Novel
Room: A Novel

Room, by Emma Donoghue, is a wonderful and memorable audiobook ... one I very much enjoyed listening to!


Audiobook Review: Room, by Emma Donoghue

Five-year-old Jack has never been outside of room. He likes room well enough - it's his entire world! Everything on TV is unreal; nothing there really exists because those things aren't in room like table, and rug, and skylight... and Ma.

Jack's paradigm is about to shift, because Ma desperately wants out of room and is going to ask Jack to make it happen, now that he's five.

The entire story is told from Jack's point of view. The readers were perfect in every way; there are four of them: Michael Friedman as Jack, Ellen Archer as Ma, plus Robert Petkoff and Suzanne Toren as supporting characters. Every one of them reads superbly! There were no flaws in the narration.

I wondered if a book meant for adults but narrated by a child would work. I mean, would it hold an adult's attention? Would it become irritating after a while? I can say, for me, it was no problem at all, and I very much enjoyed the entire reading.

Though this book's main character is a child, it definitely is not a children's book as there are mature situations you probably wouldn't want your children to read about.

Room - book trailer

Next audiobook: The Secret Life of Bees

Listen to the bees.
Listen to the bees. | Source

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

I've listened to the audiobook and seen the movie. This is one of those times where I can honestly say I liked the book better.

The movie was lovely, and I thought the acting was perfect, but seeing the women and everything in action took away a lot of the mystery and mood engendered by listening to the audiobook. Let's just say I'm glad I listened to the audiobook first; after that, the experience of the movie was sheer gravy.

Fourteen-year-old Lily longs for a mother she barely remembers. Her father's misery drives her away, so she sets out in search of her mother's home town with only her nanny, Rosaleen, as company. There she meets three sisters whose livelihood is honey, and discovers great secrets about her mother, and about herself.

Jenna Lamia is the narrator; she does an excellent job. Her voice is perfect for the part and I remember listening to this audiobook as an extremely delightful experience.

The Secret Life of Bees, movie trailer

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Welch ... she lived in Welch, West Virginia, on Hobart Street as a child

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls had a terrible childhood, punctuated by moments of sheer beauty. Her father was an enthusiastic, idealistic adventurer with alcoholic tendencies. Her mother was an artist who seemed to have problems with attention deficit disorder. How these two stayed together, it is hard to imagine, but somehow they did, and raised three children. Jeannette was the younger of two girls, plus they had a younger brother.

Living at times in an old car, and at other times in substandard housing, somehow she grew up with enough of a vivid memory to relate to us exactly what happened. You don't get any whining or complaining in this autobiography; she sticks with the bare facts which are often shockingly unpleasant.

This audiobook is narrated by the author.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, book trailer

The SanDisk Sansa Fuze

SanDisk Sansa Fuze 8 GB Video MP3 Player (Black)
SanDisk Sansa Fuze 8 GB Video MP3 Player (Black)

My choice for listening to audiobooks: the SanDisk Sansa Fuze.


Thank you for coming by to visit this hub: Audiobook Review #1: Room, The Secret Life of Bees, and The Glass Castle!

More Audiobook Reviews:

Audiobook Review #2: Leviathan, Anthem, and Water for Elephants

Audiobook Review #3: Hillinger's California, Siddhartha, and St. Iggy

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      Mike 5 years ago

      I used to have a bee farm and they are really very organized insects.

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      al thmre 5 years ago

      Bee nice / Kaabi

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      DebbieDC 5 years ago

      I loved this book.

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      Barbara Stickly 6 years ago

      I love audiobooks. So glad I can listen to so many on my ipod now. Always looking for new titles. You're so right, the narrator really does make the experience. A good actor can make or break the story and there are so many very very good audio actors. I'll listed to just about anything narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt- she can make the phonebook sound interesting!

      I agree with you about "The Secret Life of Bees". I hesitated to see the movie at first because I loved the book so much. The movie was lovely, but you just can't carry all the nuances of a book into a movie. I'm glad I saw it, but the book is better.

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      suejanet 6 years ago

      I have read Secret Life Of Bees, and The Glass Castle and enjoyed both of them. The Room may be next on my list, thanks.