A DNF Report: Audioreview of The Boy Who Drew Monsters

Posted January 3, 2015 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews / 5 Comments

A DNF Report: Audioreview of The Boy Who Drew Monsters

I received this book for free from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
Pages: 273
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audiobook Jukebox

Narrator: Bronson Pinchot

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child comes a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world, whose drawings blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all.

In the tradition of The Turn of the Screw, Keith Donohue’s The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a mesmerizing tale of psychological terror and imagination run wild, a perfectly creepy read for a dark night.

This is the first time that I have gave up on an audiobook especially when I was given it to review. I tried so hard and it had nothing to do with the narrator and all to do with the slowness of the book.

What I thought of this book.

I guess from reading the blurb about this book that I thought it was going to be a cool book about a boy who drew monsters and those monsters would come to life and scariness would insue. All I got was a book about an autistic boy who drew monsters. Now yes there was some sort of naked man from his drawings running around but it was more about how the mother can’t deal with her autistic boy.  It just went on and on about the mothers problems or the fathers problems and in between you had a naked man without a pecker (the exact words of one of the little boys because the boy that drew the monsters didn’t draw him one..that was the only part that made me laugh.)

DNFed at about 4hrs.

The Narrator:

I loved Bronson Pinchot in Perfect Strangers, a TV show from the late 80’s to early 90’s so I was excited to have him be the narrator of this book. My not loving this book had nothing to do with the narrator as he did a really good job. I can’t say that his female voice were great but over all he did a good job. He has a really nice voice to listen too.

I couldn’t find this book on soundcloud but I wanted to let you hear the narrator. This is my first time using Soundcloud so I hope it works. 🙂

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5 responses to “A DNF Report: Audioreview of The Boy Who Drew Monsters

  1. Sounds like a case of not getting what you expected – often very disappointing! The autistic element intrigues me, but it sounds like it wasn’t dealt with all that well – when it could be something that makes a book great. Too bad. Better luck next time!

  2. OH NO! I have this as my reading assignment books I have issues with the way people do autistic kids (having one myself) it must be done right or I get pissed off. I will read this later in the year but I am not happy already 🙁

    • Stormi

      Yeah, I wasn’t real sure but I thought you kid was autistic and so I wasn’t sure how you would take this book. The mother drove me crazy through out the part that I listened too.

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