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)
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
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.
Aspiring author, classic literature scholar, fantasy and horror junkie, all wrapped up in a cute little package.
Robert Bloch is an unparalleled master who writes with unspeakable grit. This book was famously made into a very loyal adaption by Alfred Hitchcock (so I'm told; I've never seen the film, myself). Bloch was inspired to write this tale after the admissions of Ed Gein, who was located near where Bloch was living at the time. Ed Gein has become almost an urban legend into himself because of this telling. I would definitely call this a psychological thriller, and not so much a horror story, because I feel in "reading" this that I have more understanding of how a mad mind works. This work is the best that this genre has to offer and I highly recommend it, as such.
Psycho is one of my all time favorite films and novels and I've read the physical book about 2-3 times but the narrator made the story so much more enjoyable! Highly recommended to all Psycho fans or anyone who just loves a good murder mystery.
An easy and creepy listen, I loved it so much! I'm obsessed with the television show Bates Motel and have always been a fan of the movie I felt like I got to go a little deeper into Norman's mind it was awesome!
While not unexpected, this book is so much better than the film, as film doesn’t allow us to share headspace with Norman. I always read that Norman Bates was based on Ed Gein, but I never really got that from the film. The novel drives that comparison home. Thanks (?), Bloch, for making Gein part of the cultural awareness. The bit with the human drum at the beginning was pure lurid horror comic territory. The two views of the strip tease was simultaneously delightful 50’s cheesecake while pointing out the problems with the male gaze. It’s a fast and fun listen and worth the time.
I should say that I have never seen the movie (unlike most reviewers, I think). But the basic plot line seemed so familiar. Adult son lives at home with a cruel mother. Years of abuse turn him into a monster. I expect Alfred Hitchcock did a lot with this, and that theme was new and cutting edge risque at the time. It feels like an overused theme to me now. None of the characters interested me. I did not even finish this. If you loved the movie and want to relive it through an audiobook, I expect you will like this. Otherwise, you might be bored like me.
This was very good entertainment! Narration was good. I saw the movie multiple times, but never read the book. It was better than the movie!
If you like horror and have no idea how this story ends, this will be an absolute treat. Alas, for those of us who've seen the movie, the big shock is just not that shocking anymore. Still, I was entertained throughout (well, except during the epilogue where a psychologist drones on and on explaining Norman) and the narrator did an excellent job.
Side note: I so identify Norman Bates with Anthony Perkins that it was odd to hear him described as fat in the book.
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