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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
  • 18-01-2017

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
  • 02-01-2017

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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  • Chris Gerrard
  • 22-10-2018

Wasn't planning on crying today.... <br />

I read this for work, now I'm genuinely worried about crying while I'm teaching it.

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  • ian mcnamara
  • 26-12-2016

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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  • chris hall
  • 10-11-2018

A Monster Calls!

I bought the film on a whim, it looked rather interesting. It brought a few tears to my eye while watching it, beautifully done, the actors and actresses were brilliant and the storyline was a very imaginative lesson of coming to terms with loss and changes of personal circumstances.

I recently decided to try audiobooks, while scrolling through to find something appealing I came across A Monster Calls! I thought it would be interesting to see the similarities between the book 's and the film's storyline and as I fell in love with the film I thought it's the perfect story as my first audiobook.

I listen to this book most nights, Jason Isaac has a wonderful reading voice! He takes on the roll of each individual character brilliantly! The story itself is something everyone can relate to with a powerful message and an imaginative flair.

I have and will continue to recommend this book and film to family members, friends and others who are looking for something new and exciting to read and watch.

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  • Garry F Maclean
  • 09-11-2018

Wasn't even sad.

I didn't even cry, not once. One day I might face my truth like Connor 🤔

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  • Chris
  • 07-10-2018

beautiful story wonderfully told

an important and wonderful tale for people of all ages. the beauty of acceptance wonderfully encapsulated

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  • Katey Kooks
  • 06-09-2018

Wonderful story, beautifully executed

A delightful, poignant story that would be enjoyable for adults and children alike. I felt quite emotional at the end, which is the sign of a good book! A splendid reading by the author. His ‘monster’ voices bring it to life.

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  • clare mitchell
  • 01-09-2018

Excellent

Heartbreaking subject. Beautiful story. I defy anyone to listen to this story and not shed a tear.

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  • Lily
  • 25-08-2018

powerful. beautiful. moving. artfully performed.

powerful. beautiful. moving. artfully performed. a wonderful story about processing pain and grief. so glad I listened to it.