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3.00004407033626 out of 53.00004407033626 out of 53.00004407033626 out of 53.00004407033626 out of 53.00004407033626 out of 5 3.00 (22,691 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Dean Myers Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9781400085880
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BONUS FEATURE: Afterword read by the author

A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that 16-year-old Steve Harmon served as the lookout. Was he involved or was he simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? An amateur filmmaker, Steve transcribes his trial into a movie script, showing scene by scene how his life was turned around in an instant.

FADE IN: INTERIOR: Early morning in CELL BLOCK D, MANHATTAN DETENTION CENTER.

Steve (Voice-Over): Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady prosecutor called me...Monster.

FADE IN: INTERIOR COURT. A guard sits at a desk behind STEVE. KATHY O’BRIEN, STEVE’s lawyer, is all business as she talks to STEVE.

O’BRIEN
Let me make sure you understand what’s going on. Both you and this King character are on trial for felony murder. Felony murder is as serious as it gets….When you’re in court, you sit there and pay attention. You let the jury know that you think the case is as serious as they do….

STEVE
You think we’re going to win?

O’BRIEN (seriously)
It probably depends on what you mean by “win.”


“The production is recorded as a full-cast dramatization, and it's difficult to imagine how it might have been accomplished more effectively. A superb recording of an intriguing work.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner


Coretta Scott King: Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Literature for Young Adults
National Book Award finalist
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee, Best Young Adult
Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting novel…Myers leaves it up to readers to decide for themselves on his protagonist’s guilt or innocence. The format of this taut and moving drama forcefully regulates the pacing; breathless, edge-of-the-seat courtroom scenes written entirely in dialogue alternate with thoughtful, introspective journal entries that offer a sense of Steve’s terror and confusion, and that deftly demonstrate Myers’s point: the road from innocence to trouble is comprised of small, almost invisible steps, each involving an experience in which a ‘positive moral decision’ was not made.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2000 Michael L. Printz Award
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2000 Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book
  • A 2005 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • A 2000 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 1999 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • A 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction
  • A 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/19/2014

    " If I could give this book 2 and a half stars, I would. I usually don't come up against a book that I don't really appreciate. I typically at least like the style of the writing or the voice, or something. The quality that stuck out for me about this book that saved it from a lower rating was the ending. I had a hard time reading the book because of the style of writing: courtroom, movie script, and journal inclusive. After the first 160 pages I would have stopped if I hadn't had to read it. I found it almost tedious, and may be should have attempted to read it in more than one sitting. This work does prompt a good many questions and allowing the reader to draw conclusions from the ending is good as well. While it was rough for me to read the entire book, once you've read the whole thing it allows the ending to have the impact that I believe the author intended it to. The ending of the "movie" is brilliant and the end of the journal is very well done, especially for the adolescent lit genre. You are able to see the main character's struggle to find who he is as he processes through what he perceives as how other people (who are important to him and have a considerable amount of "power" to influence him) perceive him. Steve's struggle with being in jail and not feeling like he belongs there, and that he's lost his reality is very relate-able to those going through some sort of major life change of a dramatic, or unexpected variety. Overall the ending and the types of struggles and the problem presented were what I appreciated about this book. The last thing I will mention is the premise of the book itself. I'm not sure if this story is actually realistic or not. Maybe I'm just not familiar with the court system, but it seems to me that this case would not have actually proceeded through the courts. Allegedly, Steve was a lookout man for a robbery. After checking the drugstore for customers and cops, he left and never went back and never received any of what was stolen. After Steve left, the robbers went in, the clerk pulled a gun, there was a struggle, and one of the robbers shot and killed the clerk. Now Steve, a 16 year old minor with no priors, is being charged with felony murder and tried as an adult. If convicted of being the lookout, he could receive the death penalty. Or at the least 25-life in prison. I have trouble with believing that this 16 year old boy could be given the death penalty for casing a drugstore, then leaving. Especially when two others involved in the robbery are not facing major consequences because they ratted first and are testifying as witnesses. That just sounds a little too fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Bartlett | 1/30/2014

    " A discretion to parents to know that this book is about a teen on trial for murder. While part of the story is told as a movie script, it includes a very realistic writing approach, with both poor and proper grammar used appropriately for each character. The photographs contribute to making the story realistic. There is some rough material such as characters are beaten up, the rape of inmates is implied, and Steve is terrified of being sent to prison. I thin that this story will appeal to even reluctant readers. I think the reader will enjoy debating whether Steve's guilty or not.I recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra Jennelle | 1/14/2014

    " A bit difficult to get into because of the screenplay style with minimal introduction. I thought it was hard to keep some of the characters straight and I don't know that I would have been able to do it without the narrative sections sandwiched between scripts. Style aside, the content of Monster is sad and tense, and the book's ending has haunted me since I finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Strong | 12/15/2013

    " Myers creates a unique story which details the struggles of a young teen fighting for his life in jail. Steve Harmon has been charged with felony murder and is on trial for his life. This novel details as Steve might say "the true happenings of a teen fighting to stay out of jail and for his life". Myers really captures the emotions and actions of the story within a uniquely written novel. Monster is written within a screenplay form akin to TV shows such as Law&Order. Through this perspective readers of Myers' novel can almost feel as if they are viewing the story. The novel is very visual. Myers creates a spellbinding picture of Steve Harmon's life. Complex themes as well as complex feelings are revealed in a convincing teenage voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 11/18/2013

    " In Monster, I really want to find out what would happen to the main Character. I got a little confused with which character is which because there are so many. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thecowman32 | 11/18/2013

    " Seventh graders love it, and it's great to teach. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/15/2013

    " I was left somewhat unsatisfied by this novel. I was expecting to be wowed by the story... why not, it has won a few awards, so surely I should end up loving the story? Sadly, no. I admit, I was intrigued by the author's choice to tell the story as if it were screenplay, but it felt skeletal... more flesh, meat and gristle should have been present to bring that rawness and lucidity I craved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan B.(: | 10/7/2013

    " This book was ok. I liked it because it was a cool case, but it dragged on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Wieber | 10/4/2013

    " I don't like reading screenplays - its distracting, but the storyline was okay "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Da Riiich | 8/5/2013

    " This book was fun at the beginning of the book and at the end of the book it got boring because the only thing they was trying to get that boy in jail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney Anderson | 11/30/2012

    " fast read. very engrossing story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 11/29/2012

    " I really enjoyed it! My one friend had it with her, and while I was waiting for my ride, I read the whole thing. I loved the format: a mix of prose and script. I thought it was very original. All the while, I was hoping for him to be innocent. A very good read1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanna Young | 9/21/2012

    " good book- writen as a movie script. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylie | 7/14/2012

    " I liked this book because it was interesting and it kept me on my toes of what happened and what will happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jazzy | 6/18/2012

    " It was cool read it in seventh grade "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pema,lhamo | 1/9/2012

    " i know im going to like this book because i love all of walter dean myers books.i only finished one chapter and its about a 16 yrs old boy whos on jail.i think he murdured someone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed the style this book was written in, like a screenplay of a movie. Everyone always says that they feel like they are watching a movie of what is happening, well Myers portrayed that emotion perfectly. A very interesting and eye-opening read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Billy | 5/11/2011

    " I liked the screenplay format. Good text to study racism (which is bad). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 5/11/2011

    " I have to read this book for school and its not the type of book that I would pick out to read. It's not horrible but it's not a favorite of mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Analisa | 5/10/2011

    " Interesting...this book is written in the form of a movie script...tells "close-up of, cut to, voice over, reaction shot" etc. It was a quick and easy read. The story line made me want to read on, but I was disappointed at the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zimmerman8493 | 5/6/2011

    " Its was an okay book i didnt really enjoy it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 4/29/2011

    " Excellent use of the screenplay format to tell a story that is extremely well paced, with developed characters, solid dialogue, and and ending that allows for different interpretations. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers (1937–2014) was the acclaimed author of over fifty books, primarily for young adults. His notable works include Fallen Angels, Monster, Crystal, and Scorpions. He won numerous awards for his works, including five Coretta Scott King Awards for African American authors. He also won the first Michael L. Printz Award for his book Monster. In January of 2012 he became the Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.