- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 23, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005OZ4Y6M
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A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd Audiobook – Unabridged
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You know how you come across a book, and after reading it, you feel like EVERYONE needs to read it as well? That is how I felt with this book. As a mother, this book ripped my heart to shreds, and put me in an emotional state as I was reading it to my sons. But it was worth every tear I shed. Guys, if you haven't read this book, Do it! The story, the writing, the illustrations, this book was pure perfection and a total 5 out of 5 stars for me.
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I also loved the prose and look forward to reading more books by Patrick Ness in the future! I loved how this story validated everything that Conor was feeling and the actions he took. This doesn’t mean that Conor always took the best course of action, but the reader can easily see and understand why Conor acts the way he does. Ness did a great job of portraying the desperation Conor felt for life outside of home to resume normally, for school to serve as an escape from his reality at home. This is a powerful story that describes the many feelings that children can feel when experiencing grief and depression, and could be a great tool that helps children from ages 10-14 to understand their own grief when experiencing tragedy.
The trailer itself looked amazing, beautiful, haunting, sad, all at once. I'd never heard of the book, or the movie, but I actually bought the book on Amazon, while I was sitting there in the theater.
The book came today. After dinner I sat down to read it, and just finished it up.
It's a "children's" book, but I'd say older children for sure. I will let my 9 year old read it, but I'm not sure if he's quite old enough to fully understand all of it, and that's okay. I'd say emotionally mature 4th graders and up? (I guess the publishers say 12 and up, or 7th grade)
It was one of those books that even though it had me in tears, I feel better, wiser, happier, after reading it. Very distressing, but very cathartic.
I'd highly recommend reading the book, and I will be very excited to see the movie when it comes out in October.