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A Monster Calls Audiobook

A Monster Calls

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Publisher's Summary

The First novel to win both The Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal

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, from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    @Scattered_Laura NEATH, United Kingdom 09/07/2012
    @Scattered_Laura NEATH, United Kingdom 09/07/2012 Member Since 2013

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    "Beautiful, touching and poignant."

    This was a really touching story. Connor was a great lad and his situation was heartbreaking. His mother, who battles cancer throughout the narrative, was a brave and touching character. Connor's grandmother seemed cold and cruel at times, but was simply a woman trying to remain strong in the face of the inevitability that she would soon have to bury her daughter. Ness subverts expectations with this narrative. He highlights the often sad conclusions of so many real-life narratives, a theme that is all the more poignant given Siobhan Dowd's own untimely death due to breast cancer.

    The eponymous Monster of the book was also a subversion of common conceptions. He wasn't scary in a conventional way. Even Connor wasn't scared of him at first. He didn't eat babies or terrorise villagers. He was scary because he made Connor face up to the unfairness of reality and made him see how frightening the truth can be. Sometimes the scariest thing about tragedy is how happy it can make us when it's over...

    I enjoyed the tales told by the Monster as I've always enjoyed the sometimes dark-morality of fairy tales. Ness' monster captured this tone and atmosphere superbly. Yesterday I mentioned Stephen King's knack for capturing the perfect tone for dark bedtime stories and I have to repeat this praise for Ness today!

    Overall, this was a moving story. It is impressive that such a short tale can have such depth and beauty, and it is also impossible to forget the circumstances that saw it being written. However, great stories live for a long time. It is a touching tribute to the imagination of a strong writer that this tale was given life by the incredible Patrick Ness. His skills breathed life into a tale that might have otherwise been left to dust.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Dublin, Ireland 23/11/2011
    John Dublin, Ireland 23/11/2011
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    "Good - but where's the illustrations?"

    Not for the first time am I little bit annoyed to read a rave review of a book that failed to mention that it's a children's book. But all in all, I still really enjoyed it.

    Apart from the review, the cover really drew me in. I love the cover. I was a bit disappointed to discover that the physical book is chockablock with fantastic illustrations. Why are audiobook listeners deprived of these? Is there still some myth that most audiobook listeners are blind? I would have loved if the images were part of the download. Actually in a perfect world, a digital purchase would get you an audiobook and an e-book in package.

    I also just finished listening to a Mark Kermode book where he said at one point "Look at the image below"!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sally 18/01/2017
    Sally 18/01/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Life affirming and heartbreaking"

    I loved this story and it was incredibly well read by Jason Isaacs. It summed up so well the frustration, anger and helplessness you feel watching someone you love die. Highly recommended.

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    shameenah 18/01/2017
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    "must read"

    amazing and so very emotional it made me cry loved it so heart felt .

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    Clive 13/01/2017
    Clive 13/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional"

    Simply wonderful. Tightly written and very well read. Moving and inspiring. Can't recommend it enough.

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    miss 06/01/2017
    miss 06/01/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Enthralling listen"

    I love the story how it unraveled the thoughts and feelings through the monster. Fabulous.

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    Claire Wood 04/01/2017
    Claire Wood 04/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "i'm crying!!!!"

    this story is so sad. i cryed at the end. it's confusing who the monster is. until the end.

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    nicola 01/01/2017
    nicola 01/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Cried my eyes out."

    Emotional rollercoaster ! Fantastic couldn't out it down looking forward to watching the movie now ! :)

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    Maya 31/12/2016
    Maya 31/12/2016
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    "Beautifully read story"

    Beautiful. I listened to the whole story in one sitting, I couldn't switch off, it was that enticing.
    The narrator was excellent!
    Portrayed each character with different voices and feelings making them come to life

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    landry 24/12/2016
    landry 24/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    My favourite book, I recommend it to everyone. Best book I've listened to on audible so far

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    "hmmmm"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no, not really


    Would you recommend A Monster Calls to your friends? Why or why not?

    no


    What three words best describe Jason Isaacs’s voice?

    good


    Did A Monster Calls inspire you to do anything?

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    i only read it cause i heard so much about and the awards it won but it didn't really live up to the hypes. overall i think it is depressing story and didn't seem to me like he got over his mother sickness or anything. what was the moral of this story again? hmmmm

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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