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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,033 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Ness Narrator: Jason Isaacs, Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. 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 monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd—whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself—Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s no denying it: this is one profoundly sad story. But it’s also wise, darkly funny, and brave, told in spare sentences, punctuated with fantastic images and stirring silences. Past his sorrow, fright, and rage, Conor ultimately lands in a place—an imperfect one, of course—where healing can begin. A Monster Calls is a gift from a generous story­teller and a potent piece of art.”

    New York Times

  • “Profoundly moving, expertly crafted…A singular masterpiece…Tackles the toughest of subjects by refusing to flinch, meeting the ugly truth about life head-on with compassion, bravery, and insight.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A brilliantly executed, powerful tale.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Ness twists out a resolution that is revelatory in its obviousness, beautiful in its execution, and fearless in its honesty.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A nuanced tale that draws on elements of classic horror stories to delve into the terrifying terrain of loss…Ness brilliantly captures Conor’s horrifying emotional ride as his mother’s inevitable death approaches…A poignant tribute to the life and talent of Siobhan Dowd and an astonishing exploration of fear.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A masterpiece about life and loss that will stay with the reader long after the final page.”

    Library Media Connection (starred review)

  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Teen Fiction 2011
  • Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • A 2012 ALA Top Book Nominee for Teens
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chelsea Mcbride | 2/12/2014

    " This was a quick read, but enjoyable. I wasn't entirely sure which direction it was taking the story, but I was pleasantly surprised by the end message. It's a good life lesson, and pays to remind ourselves that our minds will doubt all our thoughts, from every angle, but you can't let that destroy you... and that actions speak louder than words. I LOVED the illustrations in this book. I went out and bought it after reading it (from the library the first time)! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sabrina Selk | 2/5/2014

    " Emotionally wrenching, but ultimately satisfying novel exploring the themes of death, dying, and grief. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda | 1/27/2014

    " I thought this story very useful, to explain children's feelings through the death of parents. I wish this book was available for my son when my father-in-law died. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martha van Zyl | 1/25/2014

    " This is such a sad and moving story. Beautifully written. "

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