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Publisher's Summary

Costa Award winner and Guardian Prize winning author Patrick Ness delivers an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss.

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 one 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 is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

©2011 Patrick Ness (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Lty

Critic Reviews

"A Monster Calls fuses the painful and insightful, the simple and profound. The result trembles with life." (The Indpendent)
"Exceptional.... This is storytelling as it should be - harrowing, lyrical and transcendent." (The Guardian)

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  • Joshua
  • 01-18-17

Was I impressed?.

I had to take a second to reflect once I'd listened to this to decide whether I had enjoyed it, I then remembered I'd started the book at 8am in the car on the way to work and had finished it by 9pm that night...the TV hadn't gone on once...so it's safe to say I was pretty glued to it.

I liked the underlining metaphor that the story portrayed, the relationships between the characters was descriptive and encapsulating at times. Honestly there were times where I felt bad for Connor and times where I was getting fed up of his brattish behaviour.

I took a look at the cast for the film once I'd listened to this to see if the characters in my head matched up visually....I'd say they did apart from his grandmother...Sigourney Weaver (are they alright?) and the dad who is played by Toby Kebell (who is way too cool to be playing the part) atleast in my head. Ultimately the story will keep you engaged, it is exactly how it was meant to be...which is a message that when it comes to death you've just got to tell the truth.

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  • James
  • 01-02-17

I'd rather hear this than see the movie

An intensely emotional story. The perfect voice to read it. I don't recommend reading the last few chapters while driving, however. For safety's sake I had to pull over to dry my eyes.

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  • Ian
  • 12-26-16

Amazing book, very powerful and emotional.

I am going to start by saying what a fantastic book this was, the narrator Jason Isaacs really brought the book to life the way he betrayed the monster especially was excellent and his talent really shone through especially with this character. I am not going to say much but the book itself as I do not want to give anything away for future readers, although I am going to say is that I would highly recommend this book to anyone whether you are an adult or not, I know This book is officially meant for younger readers but I think adults can enjoy this book equally. I gave it a five star for everything because I felt the story it was good and handle a real situation in a compassionate way also the narrator was fantastic and displayed exactly the right emotions, overall I felt this book was very powerful and well worth the read. As a visually impaired listener, the narrator really brought it to life in the mind as specially at the end, I felt I was there with The main character, throughout the whole story.

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  • paula tomlinson
  • 09-06-17

Skilfully done

Loved the thoughtful and clever way this story was told about a child coming to terms with the inevitability of his mothers death from cancer, read beautiful with great skill by Jeremy Isaac's

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-17

Would recommend to the youth

This was a very good book I enjoyed it. Definitely would recommend this to other's

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  • Carien
  • 06-03-17

The monster is not a monster

The fears and realities of children, in moments of death, are often so similar but also different from adults.
This interesting view is tearjerking but honest and well narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-17

so amazing

such an amazing story very close to personal experiences, hearing it from another point of view helps

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  • Rak
  • 04-13-17

Touching and superbly narrated.

Finished this in two days. Brilliant narration and a clever and superb story. The film was also excellent. Read this and then watch the film.

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  • Mel
  • 02-19-17

Brilliant a must read!

I loved this book the way it was written and narrated was beautiful almost poetic while at the same time incredibly sad but yet hopeful! I recommend this book to everyone, so glad I read it! The performances in the audible app also were great especially the monster! We all have that fear but as much as we don't want it we need it.