Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

  • by Stephen Rebello
  • Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is a gripping, behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker Psycho - and the creative genius who revolutionized filmmaking.
First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it.
Stephen Rebello brings to life the creation of one of Hollywood’s most iconic films, from the story of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to Hitchcock’s groundbreaking achievements in cinematography, sound, editing, and promotion. Packed with captivating insights from the film’s stars, writers, and crew members, Hitchcock is a riveting and definitive history of a signature Hitchcock cinematic masterpiece.
Stephen Rebello is a screenwriter and author of several nonfiction books, including Reel Art: Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. He has written feature articles for numerous major publications, and his celebrity interviews have drawn out provocative revelations from countless stars. He is currently a contributing editor at Playboy magazine.

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What the Critics Say

"Meticulous history…helps the reader comprehend the original shock of the film." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Rebello talked with virtually every surviving participant in the filmmaking. The result is a book that will inform cineastes and indulge Psychomanes." (Washington Post Book World)
"Fascinating." (Newsweek)

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Fascinating listen if you love movies!

Would you consider the audio edition of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Alfred Hitchcock. You learn a lot about him and his quirky character in this title.


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

See the above answer.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but too long to listen to in one sitting.


Any additional comments?

I'm going to watch Psycho again after listening to this entertaining title. I recommend this book with no reservations!

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- Bill

"Good Evening......"......soapy look at Hitchcock~

Plot: soapy look a the Master of suspense.

1959 and cinema is changing. Studios are looking for cheaper budgets that bring in huge profits. Alfred Hitchcock is looking for his next "project"....and comes across a book about an early serial killer from Wisconsin. The then 'shocking' murders combined with sex and transvestite behavior is all unheard of. So Hitchcock acquires the "right" the murder bio of serial killer Ed Gein. the studios do not want to make this movie....refuse to finance it so Hitchcock takes the huge gamble to finance it himself. He swears the actors and film crew to secrecy about the excellent plot and soon starts to film the classic horror movie Psycho. This goes behind the scenes and gives us details of Hitchcock and his wife and often behind scenes partner Alma. As the methodical shots and plot are given "the masters touch" he also battles for the first time some nudity and blood and yes even a toilet for the first time in film. this is a very good book. You have to like Hitchcock to enjoy it. The plot is most entertaining and gives us look into 1960s life and mentality. His over the top marketing of the film that made him RICH and put this movie as one of the best horror movies ever. I give it 4 STARS.....
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- Molly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.