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A Monster Calls Audiobook

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

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.
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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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    "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.

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

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    "Amazing and touching"

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

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    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.

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    Tiffany 08-10-15
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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.

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    Maria Rosas 04-07-16
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    "A surprising and sad story"

    I couldn't have predicted what the Story would really be about based on the title. I was very moved by the events that took place. Being a Mother myself this story really hit home for me...making me wonder if I too could be as strong as the main character's Mother.

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    "Powerful story, masterfully read."

    An excellent book about grief and the fear of loss. Powerful! Wonderfully read by Jason Isaacs

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    Sara 01-19-16
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    Jason Isaacs is fantastic, as usual. This story was fantastic, heart-wrenching, haunting. It delves into the complex emotion of grief in an inspired and very real manner.

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    Rodrigo 12-09-15
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    "an amazing scary story"

    A scary story about an atrocious monster we all encounter at some point in our lives.

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    Claudine ESCONDIDO, CA, United States 09-16-15
    Claudine ESCONDIDO, CA, United States 09-16-15
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    "Good story but a bit Heavy Handed"

    The story was good and very relatable to anyone who has gone through the loss of a loved one. The audio version allowed it a depth (with voice acting) that probably paper back readers would miss out on. The only issue I had with it is that the metaphoric style was pretty heavy handed. You could see the ending coming a mile a way. Perhaps this is because it is young adult fiction. In any case it is a good story.

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