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Publisher's Summary

For the first time in a beautiful new edition, this omnibus will collect together the original official novelizations of both Ghostbusters 1 and 2.

Relive the classic Ghostbusters stories with the original movie novelizations republished for the first time since 1980s. 

When Dr. Peter Venkman and his Columbia University colleagues are kicked out of their prestigious academic posts, they start a private practice as professional ghost-catchers. Although things do not start auspiciously for the three parascientists, their television advertisements finally pay off when beautiful Dana Barrett contracts them. It seems her apartment has become the entryway for ghastly ghosts and goofy ghouls hellbent on terrorizing New York City. Soon, they’re not just going to her rescue, but trying to rid the whole city of the slimy creatures. 

After waging a war on slime that cost New York City millions, the Ghostbusters find themselves out of business until an ancient tyrant, preparing a return to the Earthly domain through his portrait at the Manhattan Museum of Modern Art, sets his sights on Dana Barrett’s baby as the new home for his wicked soul!

©1985, 2020 Ghostbusters © 1985, 2020 by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Ghostbusters II © 1989, 2020 by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

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I personally loved it.

A lot of reviewers didn’t like the reader. Personally I thought he did great. He doesn’t have the same amount of sarcasm some of the lines had in the movie. That doesn’t bother me, because it’s still funny. My favorite part is it gives you more back story on the guys. There is more ghost encounters, and some we know from the movies are different in appearance. If you love the ghostbusters give it a chance.

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A Fun Trip Down Memory Lane

I grew up watching and loving Ghostbusters. I watched both movies countless times, enamored by the spectacle of both feature films — replete with stunning visuals, quirky humor, and panache. This led to me also watching the animated cartoon and playing the Ghostbusters video games on my Nintendo Entertainment System, which were, admittedly, horrible and insanely difficult, but when you’re a kid you don’t know any better and appreciate things for what they are, not what they aren’t.

When I saw that Audible had a novelization of the first two films as part of one audiobook collection, I knew I had to give it a go. Back when these movies came out, novelizations of films was a regular occurance. I’ve always enjoyed novelizations, whether they be of movies or video games, because they provide fans with a more detailed account of the stories we love.

Johnny Heller narrates both of these books, and he does so masterfully. I especially like his portrayal of Rick Mornis’ character because I think he nails his voice perfectly. Even when he’s not trying to do a specific voice, the narrator’s sound is unique and powerful, creating a pleasing listening experience.

At nearly eight hours in length, this audiobook is long enough to be satisfying but not so long that it intimidates. As with the movies, the first one is better than the second. However, both have plenty of good times to offer. These stories are essentially an audio form of the films, but with additional details that help paint a more vivid picture. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Ghostbusters I & II through this excellent Audible audiobook.

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Whiny sounding

Great books, bad narration. Voices are horrible and don't reflect on the characters at all.

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Love the story

Love the story but it’s read entirely to fast at times it sounds like the fine print on a commercial being read

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A must have for any Ghostbusters fan.

I really enjoyed listening to both novelization of the movies. there's little back stories and alternative scenes throughout. The narrator does a good job but he does lack slightly on the dramatics of the story.

highly recommended.

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Johnny kicked ass

A great movie, yes
A great novella, yes
But with Mr Heller..... he came, he saw, he kicked it's BUTT

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loved it

I am a huge Ghostbusters fan. I've seen both movies no less than 250 times and have many parts memorized in both English and German. this novelization is done very well. There are some scenes from the movie that have been altered in the book but no differently than when book details are changed for films. the narration was done well, my only complaint is there are moments in the movie where a certain tone is portrayed, an influx in excitement ( example being when Gozer shouts " then die!!") whereas with the narration it was very flat and in comparison.

Overall I am excited to have such a wonderful audiobook in my collection. I recommend anyone who enjoys the franchise to add this to theirs as well

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Who are YOU going to call?

It's the best rendition of the movie and I'm a huge fan of Ghostbusters! It's super easy to follow along especially at work.

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classic

I wish there were more to the set of Ghostbusters!. great books as well as great movies. I loved these when I was growing up.

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  • 04-05-22

Better than original book 1, adequate book 2

I have the original book of the film from back in the day and this book 1 is staggeringly better. The characters get back stories, inner monologues, there are side details and funny narrator characters. Glorious.

Book 2 is much more a simple retelling of the events of film 2. Ok but nothing amazing.

The narration is pretty poor. I would say the narrator lacks ability to do pacing not emphasis but he does on a rare occasion. Similarly no accents except a few. Most of the sentences just get read without emotion. The narrator feels like he would be suited to gritty noir detective stories -- he has that slightly bored continuous tone.

So yeah, get on sale for book 1. Worth it for a fan.

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  • headfullofstraw
  • 08-05-21

Fleshes out the movies even more!

I do love a novelisation and this one is very good. The narrator does a good job although he is very fast. Thank god you can reduce the speed on the app. I’d recommend 0.8/0.9 setting for better enjoyment!

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  • Nidge
  • 09-03-20

i Aint afraid to talk a little slower

Now the novelization of the both Ghostbusters 1&2 is really good but as in all audiobooks it's in the reader and this reader is just too damn fast, and yes you can slow it down to x.75 but it's still not as good and throws it off somehow. Some of the sarcasm is lost and very low level cuss words are missing. Just wish it was read by someone whom was reading and performing as well and not by someone who seems to be late for his dinner and wanting to go home.

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  • Ryan Corven
  • 05-28-21

Classic stories, poor performance

The stories themselves are great, though a little different to what one might remember from the movies as they were based on early drafts of the scripts.

The performance, however, is not so great. Johnny Heller rattles through them as though he were in a hurry to beat the traffic, which really detracts from the experience.

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  • rejected reader
  • 10-21-21

what's the Rush

If I was new to Ghostbusters after listening to this would have no compulsion to watch the films. He was so quick talking (no enjoyment from the voice)

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  • S. Browne
  • 02-04-21

Narrator speaks too fast.

Great classic books but make sure you slow down the speed of the narrator it makes it much more enjoyable!

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  • Dionne Rowland
  • 12-02-21

Narration is terrible

Ok I love the movie and thought it would be fun to listen to the audiobook, but the narrator is just terrible. Felt like he was just speed reading through it as fast as possible to get it over with

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-21

who you gonna call?????

I love these films and discovering the audio versions was an unexpected delight.

absolute gems. the narration is supurb, I highly recommend you giving it a listen.

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  • Isla
  • 08-04-21

Very poor narration

The story is great but I just couldn’t stand to listen to this narrator. His voice drones on and really spoils the experience.

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  • WinonaForever
  • 12-14-21

Some extra fun details.

It's like having an extended version of the films go through your head. Comic timing and line delivery is all missing though, so it's kind of flat and not very funny.

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  • Michael
  • 05-08-22

really enjoyable

a nostalgic trip, enjoyed the stories even though I know them really well, well read funny too

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  • 03-23-22

Great story. Poor narration.

Ghostbusters is one of my favourite movies of all time and I have lost count of how many times I have seen it. So, I was very excited to discover this title on Audible. As much as I wanted to listen to this recording though, I struggled to get through the first couple of chapters. The story was great, but the narrator ... aarrgghh. He would be better suited as a horse race caller or an auctioneer. Needless to say, it wasn't enjoyable to listen to.