A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness audiobook

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

By Patrick Ness
Read by Jason Isaacs  and Nick Podehl

Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
3.98 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781531824112

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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 nightmare 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, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults. “Compelling...powerful and impressive.” —Philip Pullman, author of the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy “Exceptional...this is storytelling as it should be—harrowing, lyrical, and transcendent.” —Meg Rosoff, author of the Printz Award–winning novel How I Live Now “Brilliant and elegant, with all the thrills and ambition you would expect from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy.” —Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning author of Millions and Cosmic “Haunting, lyrical, powerful, and true. Patrick Ness has crafted a masterful story about grief and loss, love and hope that lingers in the heart like a ghost.” —Libba Bray, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Going Bovine

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Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal for Literature

A 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Literature

A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

A 2012 ALA Top Book Nominee for Teens

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Teen Fiction 2011

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 nightmare 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, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

“Compelling...powerful and impressive.” —Philip Pullman, author of the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy

“Exceptional...this is storytelling as it should be—harrowing, lyrical, and transcendent.” —Meg Rosoff, author of the Printz Award–winning novel How I Live Now

“Brilliant and elegant, with all the thrills and ambition you would expect from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy.” —Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning author of Millions and Cosmic

“Haunting, lyrical, powerful, and true. Patrick Ness has crafted a masterful story about grief and loss, love and hope that lingers in the heart like a ghost.” —Libba Bray, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Going Bovine

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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)

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Author Bio: Patrick Ness

Author Bio: Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is best known for his books for young adults, including the Chaos Walking trilogy and More Than This. Twice in a row—for Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls—he won the Carnegie Medal, the oldest and most prestigious book award for children’s writing in the UK. A Monster Calls was also the first book ever to simultaneously win the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. Ness has taught creative writing at Oxford University and is a literary critic for the Guardian. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.98
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English