A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: [Melbourne, Vic.] : Bolinda audio, 2011.
Edition: Unabridged ed.
ISBN: 9781743103876
Additional Contributors: Isaacs, Jason

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 24, 2018

This moving short novel was the winner of many British children’s literature awards. Conor’s mother is dying. Conor knows it but won’t admit it or talk about it. His parents are divorced and his father has moved to America with his new wife. His own depression has led him to become practically a non-person at school, even to his best friend. Conor has been having terrible nightmares about his mother; but one evening they seem to get worse as the giant yew tree in his yard turns into a monster that invades his room and terrifies him. Over several weeks, the monster occasionally shows up, stating that he will tell Conor three stories and then Conor must tell him a fourth story – the truth.

The plot of this novel is simple but the emotional weight is complex and powerful.

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coralsky
Oct 25, 2016

One of the best tales I have encountered in many years. Stellar performance by Jason Isaacs. This is a story for teens and adults. At some point in everyone's life a monster will come calling.

LPL_MeredithW Jul 10, 2016

A haunting, heartbreaking novel guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and re-read. The audiobook, read by Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy!) is a stunning performance, and it's short enough that it won't overwhelm you, even if you're not an audiobook person.

samdog123 Jan 10, 2014

A really great read and one that makes you think about mind over matter. Middle-schooler, Connor O'Malley, copes with his Mother's terminal illness, bullying at school and his relationship with his Grandmother and absentee Father. Psychology and fantasy become one as Connor works through the problems in his life. A short book on compact disc with an excellent reader. Some mature themes here, so best for teens.

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