The Monstrumologist

  • by Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by Steven Boyer
  • 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Rick Yancey has captivated young adult readers with his popular Alfred Kropp novels, the first of which was named a Best Book for Children by Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. Now Yancey begins a gripping new series with The Monstrumologist. Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who tracks and studies real-life monsters. Assisted by his 12-year-old apprentice, Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop discovers a pod of Anthropophagi and launches a hunt to destroy the foul beasts.

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What the Critics Say

"[The] best horror novel of the year." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Enjoying this but...be warned!

I am 1/2 way through listening to this book and actually enjoying the homage to Lovecraft.

I knew when I bought that it was about monsters. I even did some research and found the author writes both adult and youth books. Not a problem I quite like that genre if it is done well and the author is an excellent writer. This book was published on the youth side of things and so I expected something a little different than what I found.

So far in the 5 hours I have listened (and without giving anything away I hope) I have been through at least 3 heavily gore encrusted scenes, murder, illegal activities, evisceration, sever (and detailed) sepsis and some fairly high end psychosis involving abandonment issues.

In my opinion this is not a book that should be targeted to youth - unless they tend toward wearing a lot of black and too much eyeliner I would recommend parents listen along with their 'young adult'.

You are warned - it is gory - very Lovecraftian, well written - but gory.
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- Mark

can't make up my mind

This is well written by Yancey and well read by Boyer. I have to repeat what a prior reviewer said that this is *definitely* not a youth novel. I think they only mention Yancey's youth novels in the synopsis as a way to convey he's a good writer as evidenced by his awards in that genre. What I can't make up my mind about is whether I will listen to the next book (the end makes it plain there will be more). I'm really interested to know what happens next, but the story can convey such hopelessness throughout that I sometimes had a hard time continuing to listen. There is no doubt as to the "lovecraftian" nature of the book (forboding, dark, horrifying, graphic, gruesome, hopeless).
Guess I'll have to wait and see what the next book holds.
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- Magpie "You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books