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Psycho Audiobook

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 05-21-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 05-21-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jerrilynn 01-21-16
    Jerrilynn 01-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Ahead of it's time"
    Where does Psycho rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have hundreds so placement does not come easy. I'd say in the top 100.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


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

    Yes. Paul Michael Garcia is one of my favorites. Some books make my wish list because he is the narrator. How does this one compare? It is right up there with all of his other performances.


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

    NA -- As this book has already been a movie and a mini-series, another version would be overdone.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow this book was intense. Honestly I had to remind myself I wasn't enjoying a Stephen King novel. It has all the thrill, excitement, twists, etc. I know, I know, it's a classic and I have no excuse for having not read it before now. It's just when I normally think of classics I think of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and the Bronte sisters. Well, anyway this book is spooky and exciting, and I completely recommend it, especially if like me, you've never bothered to watch the movie. This was an incredibly fun experience for me.

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    CR Frisco, TX 12-26-15
    CR Frisco, TX 12-26-15 Member Since 2002

    I own & listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & hopefully are helpful as well.

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    "Better than the movie - probably"

    I admit, I've never actually seen the whole movie. I just see bits and pieces on TV once in a while. I never sat down and watched more than 10 minutes of it, but I did enjoy the book and it makes me want to watch the whole movie.

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    rich & rita 12-15-15
    rich & rita 12-15-15
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    "Very good"

    Very good we enjoyed it very much guite different from the movie but very interesting

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    Steven 12-07-15
    Steven 12-07-15
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    "Crazy craziness."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Psycho?

    This was very good. I did not expect Norman Bates to be such a relatable character, who doesn't love a psyco you can feel bad for.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    By far the mother.


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    robert 11-25-15
    robert 11-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "way more fun than I thought"

    this was actually pretty excellent. I have watched the movie, so I thought this might be a little repetitive, but no, I loved it.

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    AJ Rivera 11-20-15
    AJ Rivera 11-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "F#@$ing amazing"

    It's no doubt, one of the best audio books i've ever listend to, the story is great and the preformance is just .... Wow

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    whiterabbit 11-18-15
    whiterabbit 11-18-15 Member Since 2013

    harmony

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    "Outstanding Chiller"

    Once every few years one comes across a masterpiece of a book. This is one of those books. Brilliantly narrated by Paul Michael Garcia. Even after watching the movie a few times, the book lends added depth and a macabre beauty that gave me chills. Definitely worth reading even if you've seen the movie. A must read for any horror fan.

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    Amazon Customer New York, NY 11-14-15
    Amazon Customer New York, NY 11-14-15

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Inside Norman Bates"

    On the surface, Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of Psycho is very faithful. But Hitchcock's most significant departure from Robert Bloch's blueprint is most telling -- Hitchcock starts with the second chapter, Marion Crane (Mary in the book) fleeing after embezzling money and ending up at the Bates Motel. This creates a plot structure considered innovative -- a movie focused on a character who is killed off halfway through, shifting to another character who was not even introduced for the first twenty minutes.

    The novel is more conventional -- Norman is the sole protagonist from the start, Mary really no more than a temporary intruder into his world. The novel is also more conventional in dramatizing the internal struggles of Norman -- we see him from the inside, rather than the outside-in view of the movie (although Anthony Perkins does a remarkable job of depicting him from the exterior).

    So even though we know what is going to happen every step of the way, the novel actually offers a much different perspective. Hitchcock was truly a master of suspense and visually virtuosic. While not rising to the same level of all-time masterwork, Bloch's novel is still worth reading for it's psychological examination of Norman (vs. Norma, vs. normal).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon in Spokane 11-13-15
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    "Creepy"

    Block has that power of writing in such a way that you can begin to fear for your own sanity.

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