The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

  • by David Almond
  • Narrated by David Almond
  • 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

I wos a secrit shy and tungtied emptyheded thing .I wos tort to read and rite and spell by my tenda littl muther & by Mr McCaufrey the butcha & by Missus Malone and her gosts. So I am not cleva, so please forgiv my folts and my mistayks. I am the won that glares into your harts & that prowls insyde yor deepist dremes. Wonce I was The Anjel Childe. Now I am The Monster. Just lissen and take note. Let the words enter yor blud & boans .I am Billy Dean. This is the truth. This is my tale. This is the downloadable audiobook edition of David Almond's striking and original work, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, complete and unabridged and read by the author himself.

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What the Critics Say

"Truly original." (Philip Pullman, Guardian)
"Almond's work, like the best of literature for children, is in fact simply literature." (The Times)
"A master storyteller." (Independent)

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Customer Reviews

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a sensory experience

Extraordinary.Remarkable piece of writing. Stick with it and give yourself over to the world of Billy Dean, it pays off.
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- Kim

Amazing, but i wouldnt give it to an under 16

Someone mentioned this before but do not read this book if it is your first David Almond book. Read a different one first. Also, in my opinion, if youre under 16, wait before reading.
This was a beautifully written story which touched on life, death, after life, God and more. The only problem was that it was really dark, and very sad at times. With all Almond books though you see a light at the end of the tunnel and I feel that I better know how to choose the way to live and love life.
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- Michele

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-09-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd