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Psycho | [Robert Bloch]

Psycho

It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates Motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty, but clean, and the manager seemed nice, if a little odd.
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It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates Motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty, but clean, and the manager seemed nice, if a little odd.

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.

What the Critics Say

"Icily terrifying!" (New York Times)
"A terribly chilling tale." (Bestsellers)

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    sophieinwonderland Australia 02-22-09
    sophieinwonderland Australia 02-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "We all go a little crazy sometimes"

    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

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew NJ 05-14-13
    Andrew NJ 05-14-13 Member Since 2012

    So Many Books!

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    "We're All Not Quite As Sane As We Pretend To Be"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark A. Bentley Northern Virginia, United States 04-09-13
    Mark A. Bentley Northern Virginia, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Has anyone not seen the film?"
    What did you love best about Psycho?

    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.


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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-12-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-12-11 Member Since 2007

    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)

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    "Finally got to read this classic"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Iron Station, NC, United States 04-09-10
    Diane Iron Station, NC, United States 04-09-10
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    "great classic story and great narrator"

    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Norman Bates was the best thing in this book"

    This book was disappointing in all areas apart from any parts with Norman Bates. Bloch did a great job of portraying the character of Bates and any parts with him present completely held my attention. Unfortunately the other characters were very lack lustre. The famous shower scene was much more effective and chilling in the film.

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    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 04-12-14
    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2011

    I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.

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    "15% more detail than the movie, maybe."

    Reading a book based on a movie that's already in my top-ten thrillers of all time; it just seemed like a great idea at the time.

    But here's the problems. The book didn't just inspire the movie, it was the movie. The only parts missing were probably left out to keep the movie under 2 hours; in that, they weren't that vital to the story, and they only added little bits of insight to the already fantastic story.

    So, if you've seen the movie? If you've seen the movie a lot of times, and watched the sequels, and the Vince Vaughan remake? The book will probably shine very little light onto what you already know about the tale.

    The narrator did a good job, good enough. Lila, (Lily?) sounded like the biggest whiner in the world, which I initially thought was just the way this narrator thought women talked, but, after reading a few reviews on Goodreads as well, nope, it's not him, it's totally that the character is a whiny lady.

    Also - if you're in search of as many cliches as possible, specifically in characters, dialog, and tropes, this is the book for you. (Of course, it's entirely possible that the book, written in 1960, quite possibly set the standard for a lot of those things.)

    So - long story short, if you loved the movie so much that you became almost obsessive over it, this book will shed very little light on anything... and actually drags in some areas, even though it's a relatively short novel.

    Last thing - the ending, or last chapter, or epilogue - wow it just goes on and on forever, like Bloch got tired of writing the story and just put together some bullet points to wrap the story up. I didn't make it all the way to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kirsten GLASGOW, United Kingdom 02-20-14
    kirsten GLASGOW, United Kingdom 02-20-14
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    "not a crazy buy !"
    Where does Psycho rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    probably about the best audiobook I,ve bought. I listened to it constantly till it was finished.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    easy to listen to and narrator had exciting and professional voice


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    haven,t heard any of his other books but will buy books narrated by him again


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 05-21-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 05-21-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Blows the Movie Out of the Water!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    don-angillo kingston, Jamaica 04-30-13
    don-angillo kingston, Jamaica 04-30-13
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    "a ride of craziness"
    What did you love best about Psycho?

    The book teaches you that any one can be a pyscho because of a terrible situation that happened you


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did. U keep wondering is Bates really mad and is his mothers dead or alive . Loved it


    Did Paul Michael Garcia do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes he did. The privateer detective was the best. Everyone Sounded different


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We all get a little crazy sometimes


    Any additional comments?

    The book actually teaches you about psychology and personality disorders and its different forms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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