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Psycho Audiobook

Psycho

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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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    Eleanor 12-08-14
    Eleanor 12-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as scary as the movie but equally as good"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Psycho?

    The final scene where mother completely takes over.


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

    Definitely the mother character!


    If you could take any character from Psycho out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    No one? The characters are fascinating and enjoyable to read but I don't think I'd like any of them in person!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 05-21-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 05-21-13

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kirsty130 02-20-14
    kirsty130 02-20-14

    I like horror fiction , crime, mystery some chic lit. I like audiobooks but the narrator has to be right. great you get to sample first

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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


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Haskins 04-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book was great! I had already seen the movie so I knew more or less how the story would end. Even though I had an idea how the book would end it still held my interest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Psycho?

    I enjoyed getting to know Norman more. I've seen the movie and the Netflix series Bates Motel it was nice to have more Norman in my life.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job reading. I really enjoyed his voice and found it very soothing, he also did a great job with different character voices.


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

    Norma(n)?


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    Justin Lowmaster Oregon, USA 07-29-16
    Justin Lowmaster Oregon, USA 07-29-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Saw movie first"

    It's quite interesting to listen after seeing the movie. Don't skip the book if you've seen the movie.

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    Amazon Customer 07-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "classic"

    I've seen the movie a long time ago, classic, but wanted to read the book because of the new show "Bates Motel". I wasn't dissepointed.

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    Ashley 06-30-16
    Ashley 06-30-16
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    "Best Psycho experience I've had"

    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.

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    Kristianne Mora 06-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I love Norman <3"

    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!

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    Fenrix 04-24-16
    Fenrix 04-24-16
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    "Better than the film (of course)"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 03-25-16
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 03-25-16 Member Since 2010

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    "I was bored"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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