This classic horror novel, which inspired the famous film by Alfred Hitchcock, has been thrilling people for 50 years. It introduced one of the most unexpectedly-twisted villains of all time in Norman Bates, the reserved motel manager with a mother complex, and has been called the "first psychoanalytic thriller."
©1959 Robert Bloch; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Icily terrifying!" (New York Times)
"A terribly chilling tale." (Bestsellers)
It's pretty hard to accept the Bates Motel as a great holiday destination after the impact of the film of Psycho. But even if you come to this after seeing the film this is a great listen. It's pulp horror but is surprisingly psychologically minded with well drawn characters, especially when you remember it was written in 1959. I always felt the main difference between the book and the film was in the casting of Anthony Perkins. Norman in the book is a lot less savoury. The narration is excellent and I really enjoyed this. It's also fun to listen to again when you know what's really going on. Highly recommended
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What a book! This is a great example of a classic horror/thriller novel. "Psycho" will pull you in from the start even if you have already seen the movie and know what to expect. The story is detailed, holds your attention and is easy to follow. The narrator did a great job and really added to the suspense. I admit, I got chills during certain parts. Things just get crazier and crazier as you move along. This is definitely a fun and exciting listen.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I can't believe it took so long for me to read this "classic" book. It's better than I expected, and perhaps a bit less dramatic than the movie (hard to be gory in this era I suppose).
It does not have any "surprises" but, that's probably due to the storyline being part of our modern culture... there's not much odd about transvestites or murderers or schitzos in our current day and age but, for its time, these concepts were probably extra-shocking.
I disliked the "epilogue" - way too lecturey, like the author needed to explain all the threads from the story rather than let us figure it out on our own - like we didn't realize Bates wasn't *really* his mother. Well, until the final moments anyway... hehehe
The narrator was very good.
this was very good. the narrator is really very good so that makes it so much more enjoyable - don't like a bad narrator. loved hearing more to the story than the movie i know so well - worth listening to for a classic scary story!
This is definitely one of those "Like the movie, love the book" type books. It is an easy listen, well read and well written. The story is easy to follow and the characters are easy to imagine... although while listening I couldn't get the original music to the 1950's movie out of my head.
The book teaches you that any one can be a pyscho because of a terrible situation that happened you
Yes it did. U keep wondering is Bates really mad and is his mothers dead or alive . Loved it
Yes he did. The privateer detective was the best. Everyone Sounded different
We all get a little crazy sometimes
The book actually teaches you about psychology and personality disorders and its different forms.
Hitchcock was pretty loyal to the book, other than casting -- Norman is a different age and body type than Anthony Perkins, and Martin Balsam plays Arborgast considerably different than the book's character. It's so difficult to not "see" the film while listening to the book, but, fortunately, they pretty much follow the same path.
The performance is very good. The reader makes subtle changes in voice, just enough to let you know it's a different character.
I loved listing to this story. It was done
I listened to this very fast over two days. I didnt want to turn it off.
Great book. I knew the story but it would have been increadable to read it and not know what was going on.
This story is just as scary as the movie and with every single detail in the audiobook gave me chills! Now, I'm scared of Norman Bates more when I listen to this book! Great narration! Love it!
Honestly, I can't decide if movie was better than audiobook, but I'm inclined to favor the book. Your imagination can create pictures you haven't seen in the movie, especially when listening to what's going on in his mind.
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