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Publisher's Summary

Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and thunderbirds aren't just figments of our overactive imaginations - according to thousands of eyewitnesses, they exist, in every corner of the United States. Throughout America's history, shocked onlookers have seen unbelievable creatures of every stripe - from sea serpents to apelike beings, giant bats to monkeymen - in every region.

Author, investigator, and creature expert Linda S. Godfrey brings the same fearless reporting she lent to Real Wolfmen to this essential guide, using historical records, present-day news reports, and eyewitness interviews to examine this hidden menagerie of America's homegrown beasts.

©2014 Linda S. Godfrey (P)2016 Tantor

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"[ American Monsters] will prove a handy encyclopedia for enthusiastic cryptozoologists of all ages." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great collection of sightings

This has been a fascinating listen! Rachel Dulude does a great job narrating. The stories captured are done so with a justifiable amount skepticism and while not overly "scary" are fascinating because of their plausible nature.

I would recommend not visiting Wisconsin (these creatures seem to love it there) but I would recommend this book to anyone curious about the monster lore in America.

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was expecting more folklore... got monster quest

the book is passable is your a firm believer of the whole cryptozoology thing... but it becomes cringey with some of its thin attempts to look objective.

there are a few bits of good interesting folklore, but the psudo-science "what if" kinda mucks up the interesting bits.

And the author often tried to equate one social standing/job with credibility. like a cop or a banker never lied....

not a bad book, but it was a chore.

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Informative

It is an interesting topic and does cover more than I thought it would. This is the sort of material to read if you are interested in Cryptoids.

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good over view of monster lore

I liked the book and performance it dragged in a few areas but over all I enjoyed it . this is a book I will listen too again

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Good Entetainment, But A Bit Distracting

What about Rachel Dulude’s performance did you like?

Clear, precise delivery, However, there were several distracting mispronunciations in the first section, which interrupted my absorbing the material.

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great author. great stories. BAD narrator

I love Linda. She has the best stories. She needs to have this whole audio book redone by a narrator with talent. This put me to sleep it was so monotonous.

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pretty poor

while offering some unique stories within cultural mythology. this book comes off as confused as to the explanation of some of these stories while also trying to make it seem as if it is as truly neutral, which it is not. The very few points were tries to make it seem like it's in neutral standpoint come off as if it's just trying to make it self seem neutral rather than really being so.

what results is I cannot take any of these stories seriously which is the intent of the book rather than being just a good story like some of the other cryptozoological works I've read this one wants to convince you but fails to do so.

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One of the best!

This book was thorough and well done. I am glad it showed various opinions instead of stating “this is the only way to see this”.

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listenable

its ok. its ok. It's bla let ya to see them a after the

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Meh

really disappointed with the lack of truly American monsters discussed we rehash old monsters that most people already know

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