A Monster Calls

  • by Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by Jason Isaacs
  • 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.
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- @Scattered_Laura

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!

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- kmcca5

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-06-2011
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd