The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.... This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.
Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.
©2011 Patrick Ness (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Compelling ... powerful and impressive." (Philip Pullman, author of the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy)
“Brilliant and elegant, with all the thrills and ambition you would expect from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy." (Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning author of Millions and Cosmic)
“Haunting, lyrical, powerful, and true. Patrick Ness has crafted a masterful story about grief and loss, love and hope that lingers in the heart like a ghost.” (Libba Bray, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Going Bovine)
"Exceptional ... this is storytelling as it should be - harrowing, lyrical, and transcendent." (Meg Rosoff, author of the Printz Award–winning novel How I Live Now)
Patrick Ness has written a book that will stay with me for a very long time. The human condition is so well depicted, our vulnerability, our capacity for self-deception, and our lack of seeing beyond the situation directly in front of us. Isaac's narration kept me enthralled, wanting to know what was next, all the while knowing what the final outcome would be.
I listen as I commute everyday and travel for work.
This book is definitely on my “one-timer” list. A “one-timer” is a good or great book that I will only read once because it is too emotionally draining or intense for me to handle. I admit I don’t usually read/listen to these types of stories because of the emotional drain they cause. I know some folks find them very therapeutic or cathartic but that is not me so I had force myself through this one.
That being stated it doesn’t mean this book isn’t good because it is actually a very well done story with a great buildup of tension and emotion. The relationship between Connor and the Monster didn’t seem forced or unrealistic and there was a natural flow to the story. Even though you know the ending is coming, the force of it isn’t lessened because of the good job the author did of building the emotional ties to the characters of Connor and his mom.
Jason Isaacs did an absolutely fabulous job with the narration in this book. Then again as far as I am concerned he could read the phone book and I would be happy. It was very interesting though as he voiced each of the characters I created a very vivid image in my head of how each character appeared and that was due to his great ability.
Este año leí, mejor dicho escuché 5 audiolibros y sin duda este fue el mejor, no solo por la historia, la cual es muy buena y toca el tema de la pérdida y la muerte de forma interesante, si no también por la grandiosa narración de Jason Isaacs, sus cambios de voz, la entonación todo fue perfecto, juro que nunca había escuchado un libro narrado con tanta fuerza.
Honestamente que Isaacs fuera el narrador de esta grandiosa historia le agregó muchísimo valor, pues estoy segura que no habría disfrutado el audiolibro del modo que lo hice si lo hubiera narrado alguien más.
Definitely! This is a wonderful story with rich characters.
The narration brought the story to life.
Highly recommend to anyone above the age of 10.
I listened to this while driving to work and back every day. Every time I'd sit in my car not wanting to leave Connor on his journey. This book was beautiful and made me feel sad but at peace all at once. Would recommend to everyone.
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