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Monster Audiobook

Monster [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me: Monster.

FADE IN: INTERIOR COURT. A guard sits at a desk behind STEVE. KATHY O'BRIEN, STEVE's lawyer, is all business as she talks to STEVE.

O'BRIEN
Let me make sure you understand what's going on. Both you and this King character are on trial for felony murder. Felony murder is as serious as it gets....When you're in court, you sit there and pay attention. You let the jury know that you think the case is as serious as they do....

STEVE
You think we're going to win?

O'BRIEN (seriously)
It probably depends on what you mean by "win".

©1999 Walter Dean Myers; (P)2000 Random House Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Steve Harmon, 16, is accused of serving as a lookout for a robbery of a Harlem drugstore. The owner was shot and killed, and now Steve is in prison awaiting trial for murder. From there, he tells about his case and his incarceration. Many elements of this story are familiar, but Myers keeps it fresh and alive by telling it from an unusual perspective. Steve, an amateur filmmaker, recounts his experiences in the form of a movie screenplay. His striking scene-by-scene narrative of how his life has dramatically changed is riveting....It's an emotionally charged story that readers will find compelling and disturbing." (School Library Journal)

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    karen 08-13-15
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    "Dramatic yet Intriguing"

    I struggled to read this book since it was assigned for summer but it actually better than I thought it was. Reading with the audio make it a hundred times better than reading itself. Narators bring out the story and make it sound like a movie. This book gives you a taste of what is happening in our society and how the jury can sometimes be broken because of bias. I recommend the book to all.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 11-05-12
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    "This story is worth the time to listen."

    I loved the play written and acted out as a play. Very dramatic, and it made me think like a filmmaker.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cari Brampton, Ontario, Canada 05-20-11
    Cari Brampton, Ontario, Canada 05-20-11
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    "A wonderful book -- weak audio cast"

    This book is amazing. I am currently reading it with my grade 8 class and everyone loves it. HOWEVER the voices on this audio book were disappointing. The main character's voice was fine, but the other characters sound stiff and artificial--like the script was read with an audience of second language learners in mind.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Véronique 12-16-15
    Véronique 12-16-15
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    "Monster"

    I liked it, it's good, nice job on the book, very well done.

    I think it was a very inspiring book that almost made me wonder about how people can have the nerve to be so offended by dumb things like"shut up" when other people are busy in crime.

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    J S. 05-22-16
    J S. 05-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    i loved it
    really shows and tells the emotions of the characters
    loved the different people
    liked the extra thing at the end

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    Jolene Martin 07-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fabulous Book"

    This audiobook brought the story to life. I was able to feel the conflict and stress on the main character. The audio was very clear and made it easy to follow the story.

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    Christina CHICAGO, IL, United States 08-06-12
    Christina CHICAGO, IL, United States 08-06-12
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    "Great reading!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am a teacher. I would recommend this book as a high interest/lower level book for struggling readers. It would especially be good for students with reading disabilities to read along with.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" champaign, IL, United States 09-29-11
    "unknown" champaign, IL, United States 09-29-11
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    "to the author"

    i enjoyed this book alot. i could really relate to the main character and some of the struggles he dealt with. it was interesting to the the reactions of the main character to certain situations.

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    Michael - Audible 06-10-16 Member Since 2016

    Editor at Audible -- I like self-dev, Sci-Fi, and Fiction that leans a little bit, but not all the way, towards literary.

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    "Perfect Execution"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster to be better than the print version?

    Definitely, the full cast here adds so much to this title and really makes you feel like you are watching a movie of the courtroom drama. This is definitely nitpicking (possible slight spoiler) but there was one thing I didn't like about the recording: the way the main character says the last few words was a little too casual for my taste. I think it ends so powerfully and so succinctly I just wish the tone was different in those last few words. Other than that it was truly an excellent performance. I'm really coming to love full cast productions.


    What other book might you compare Monster to and why?

    I don't think I've read many courtroom drama type books, but the corutroom stuff is only one aspect of this title and it is definitely something of a coming-of-age tale. So, in that respect I might compare Monster to "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao", or a book I just read recently: "Where All Light Tends to Go"


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

    Yes I just listened to "Echo" a few weeks ago, which shares a similar 'teen' audience. I really liked "Echo", but I think "Monster" is a more interesting title and isn't as hokey as "Echo" can sometimes be.


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

    Yes, it's quite easy to seeing as it's only about 2.5 hours long.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I listened!

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    Rita 01-03-16
    Rita 01-03-16
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