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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.
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Critic Reviews

"Icily terrifying!" ( New York Times)
"A terribly chilling tale." ( Bestsellers)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 05-14-13

We're All Not Quite As Sane As We Pretend To Be

What a book! This is a great example of a classic horror/thriller novel. "Psycho" will pull you in from the start even if you have already seen the movie and know what to expect. The story is detailed, holds your attention and is easy to follow. The narrator did a great job and really added to the suspense. I admit, I got chills during certain parts. Things just get crazier and crazier as you move along. This is definitely a fun and exciting listen.

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20 of 21 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By sophieinwonderland on 02-22-09

We all go a little crazy sometimes

It's pretty hard to accept the Bates Motel as a great holiday destination after the impact of the film of Psycho. But even if you come to this after seeing the film this is a great listen. It's pulp horror but is surprisingly psychologically minded with well drawn characters, especially when you remember it was written in 1959. I always felt the main difference between the book and the film was in the casting of Anthony Perkins. Norman in the book is a lot less savoury. The narration is excellent and I really enjoyed this. It's also fun to listen to again when you know what's really going on. Highly recommended

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5 out of 5 stars
By bernardo on 04-07-16

Was shaking in my boots !!! Well, a tremble !

Every bit as good as the Movie, suspense and excellently narrated, nearly listened to the full story in one go, a must 😄

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By vicky ross on 01-27-18

great classic

love the storyline well read and written good characters really good book and great classic

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