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A Monster Calls Audiobook

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Laura A. Leib 12-20-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Most powerful book this year"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jason D. Pruitt 08-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bummer"

    Biggest bummer book of all time.
    Great performance though. Extremely sad story, I don't feel too good after finishing this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TVNerd95 09-10-16
    TVNerd95 09-10-16 Member Since 2016

    I listen as I commute everyday and travel for work.

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    "A good "one-timer" for all ages"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elbirtha Watson 03-12-16
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    "Tragically Deep"

    Very well written. When you analyze the story, you really appreciate how well written the story is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ponder 02-02-16
    Ponder 02-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing and touching"

    Scary, funny and poignant. Please read. You won't regret it. Great narration by Jason Isaacs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ilse Matus 11-17-15
    Ilse Matus 11-17-15
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    "Lo mejor del año"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 08-10-15
    Tiffany 08-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely fantastic."

    It is so raw, and real, and beautiful and it will never cease to make my sob like a baby. I can't handle how amazing it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-14-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2016

    Paid reviewers, after two weeks get 4-8 votes and have that power to strike unhelpful against others. Check their history! Your money!

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    "Not all stories have happy endings"

    STORIES ARE IMPORTANT
    In four hours, we and Connor face divorce, cancer, bullies and loss. Uplifting, this book is not. In an interview in the end, Ness says he wrote this for himself and then he says he wrote it for teenagers. He wanted teenagers to get a real understanding of death without the sugar coating they would normally get. He wanted them to know that things don't always turn out alright or happily ever after. He does this through stories told by a monster and through Connors real life. I commend him for this and believe he does a fine job of accomplishing this. The stories the monster tells are interesting and thought provoking. Connor responds like a preteen or a teenager.

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    The story had a little of a 1960's feel to it. I did not understand the big deal that was made out of the divorce of Connor's parents. I understand Connor being mad at his dad, but did not understand the school kids making such a big deal out of it. In this day and age with so many parents divorcing, it is not such a big deal to school kids. I don't believe he would be made fun of and bullied, because his parents were divorced. In order to be dramatic I believe Ness over did it on that issue. I also did not like how the conflict was settled. Ness settled it through violence. I understand that kids have to stand up for themselves, but since Ness wanted to be so realistic, he should not have sugar coated the outcome. I thought we as a society were past, Might means Right or the good guys wear white hats and always win.

    All in all the story was good. I gave it four stars, but I will admit that I was ready for it to end.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    HailBird 11-27-16
    HailBird 11-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Hauntingly Beautiful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's just good literature.


    Have you listened to any of Jason Isaacs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Lovely voice actor! He really made the story come to life! The characters were so real.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I finished it within 2 days.


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    Amazon Customer 11-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Deep story that's deathly truthful"

    This story can be dark for some, but provided many truths that the author was able to explore. Along with great narration, this amazing novel had me in tears by the end. The movie adaptation shall soon follow but it will probably not live it up to the amazing novel. Definite must read! And hear!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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