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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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  • Aysha Suhail
    28/09/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    "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
  • Will
    18/11/16
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    "There's something about it."

    Listened nearly non stop over a couple of days, really touching story with great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Miller
    12/11/16
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    "An Amazing Story"

    A real tear jerker, reaching into the heart of the child in all of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Matthewman
    UK
    21/02/16
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    Performance
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    "Leaves you a trembling mess"

    The story of Connor, a boy who is struggling to cope with his mother's cancer, is brought to evocative life here. The supernatural twist, the monster who calls on Connor each night, works as both a literal and figurative bogeyman. Jason Isaacs' interpretation of each character is superb, none less so than <very slight spoilers> in Connor's cries of anguish during a climactic nightmare sequence.

    It left me in bits. A superb, superb work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/02/16
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    Performance
    Story
    "Depressing"
    Would you try another book written by Patrick Ness or narrated by Jason Isaacs?

    In no way I found it most depressing with an obnoxious main character and an obvious ending that seemingly took weeks of listening to arrive at.


    Has A Monster Calls put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What does Jason Isaacs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Very well read and I'm sure if the story in any way appealed to me I would have appreciated his performance even more.


    What character would you cut from A Monster Calls?

    Most


    Any additional comments?

    Quite the worst and most depressing audio or hard copy book I've ever encountered. It took me a considerable time to finish it as I could only stad 5 minutes or so at a time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon
    9/02/16
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    "A simple story well told."

    This book was recommended to me by my 14yr old daughter. It is a beautiful story and Jason Isaacs' reading is a perfect match. An instant classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhonda Stanger
    29/09/15
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    "Fabulously moving"

    Well written and read, makes sense to all of us who have gone through this

    Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kmcca5
    Deepest Darkest Yapton, West Sussex
    21/09/15
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    "I enjoyed the setting, the characters and the way"
    Where does A Monster Calls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    Have you listened to any of Jason Isaacs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Simply awesome!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book climaxed just as I was setting out Sunday dinner for my family and I had to take a moment to compose myself as it left me in floods of tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy this book and listen to it, now, what are you doing? Have you not bought it? GET A MOVE ON!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catarina
    24/02/15
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    "Moving and is very true"

    Such a wonderful moving tale, full of real emotions and a big human heart. A book to read and cherish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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