A Monster Calls

Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd
CD - unabridged
Audio (4 discs)
Product Number: BN10723
Released: Sep 27, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781531824112
Narrator/s: Jason Isaacs
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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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 nightmare 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, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults. "Compelling . . . powerful and impressive." - Philip Pullman, author of the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy "Exceptional . . . this is storytelling as it should be - harrowing, lyrical, and transcendent." - Meg Rosoff, author of the Printz Award-winning novel How I Live Now "Brilliant and elegant, with all the thrills and ambition you would expect from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy." - Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning author of Millions and Cosmic "Haunting, lyrical, powerful, and true. Patrick Ness has crafted a masterful story about grief and loss, love and hope that lingers in the heart like a ghost." - Libba Bray, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Going Bovine

Author(s): Patrick Ness
Awards:New York Times Bestseller

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Professional reviews

"When his mother falls ill, Conor is visited by a monster in the form of a walking yew tree. Jason Isaacs portrays the troubled teen in a deep voice that hints at the dark nature of the story. He injects sarcastic and suspicious tones into Conor's voice as the boy battles the feeling of invisibility brought on by his "special circumstances" as his mother's health continues to decline. The eerie growl of the monster is haunting as he tells tales of the past and as he causes Conor to act out. Isaacs's narration highlights the agitation and fear of a boy who is losing everything he holds dear. In the CD edition, Jim Kay's illustrations are included. E.N (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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