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A Monster Calls

By: Patrick Ness
Narrated by: Jason Isaacs,Patrick Ness
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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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Heartbreaking.

I've only just stopped crying enough to write this review. What a touching story of loss and letting go.

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sad but lovely

I was an adult when I lost my mum & can still relate, as I'm sure plenty of others can also. beautiful story and wonderfully read

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Wow.

Well, that story was gut wrenching. Very interesting way of telling a tale of grief and fear, but such a short book easily has a lot of impact. Also, Jason Isaacs does an incredible job of narrating this book.

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Not bad

A good novel for the young adult who I suspect this was written for. The performance was good and the story was both emotional and entertaining.

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my heart feels both broken & soothed.

I would recommend this to everyone as a grief & loss story that helps show how the pain feels in a very innocent and honest way.

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Great story

Great narration and voice. The story is great and entertaining while trying to sleep comfortably.

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This book is AMAZING .... made me cry!!!!

This is a powerful story told by an amazing writer. Jason Issacs read it beautifully!!!!

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Damn good

Left me almost in tears with the emotive writing. Interplay of characters is gobsmackingly awesome and Mr Isaacs voices are impeccable

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Best Audio Book So Gar

Loved it. Was a beautiful story preformed amazingly.
Defiantly recommend listening to it. So worth it.

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Exceptional

Amazing story with a great way of making an important point .Great narrator really drives the story home

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