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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

Critic Reviews

"[ 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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Awful narrator

The book would be improved with a better narrator. She mispronounced several words, to the point of being a distraction. Her tone sounded sarcastic (an attempt at wry humor). Definitely a case where the poor narration detracts from the enjoyment of the book.

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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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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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Must read for those interested in USA crytids

I learned about a lot of different monsters that I have yet to hear about. She does a good job telling the story while still going over necessary details. It’s a good introduction to various Cryptids.

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Not so sure.

Although some interesting classic stories are retold well, the majority of the book amounts to "I read this story from a stranger in an email " I can't put doubt aside.