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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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    Victoria 30/01/2017
    Victoria 30/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing!"

    So many emotions! This book is beautifully written. I couldn't wait to be alone to relax and listen. Narrator did a fantastic job capturing the voice of the monster. Definitely will be listening to this again soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Aysha Suhail
    28/09/14
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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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  • @Scattered_Laura
    NEATH, United Kingdom
    9/07/12
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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
  • John
    Dublin, Ireland
    23/11/11
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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
  • Amazon Customer
    9/02/17
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    "A Monster Calls - my very first audible audiobook"

    Having heard that 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness, has been made into a film just recently, I felt like listening to this first before going to see the film.
    Jason Isaacs who is most recognisable as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, really brought it to life.
    Beautiful story!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nanny Cookie
    4/02/17
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    "enthralling"

    loved this story. it really captured the imagination. well written and well narrated. kept me hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edwin
    25/01/17
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    "Utterly fantastic, well read, great storyline,"

    Utterly fantastic, well read, great storyline. Listened to the lot in x3 one hour 30 min journeys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Newport, United Kingdom
    18/01/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • shameenah
    18/01/17
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    "must read"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clive
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    13/01/17
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    "Exceptional"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    6/01/17
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    "Enthralling listen"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire Wood
    4/01/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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