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Summary

You remember Norman Bates, the shy motel manager with the fatal mother fixation. Now, years after his horrific bout of butchery, Norman is at large again. Breaking free from the psycho ward, he cuts a shocking swath of blood all the way to Hollywood—where, it so happens, they are making a movie about Norman’s life and crimes. A movie that suddenly and terrifyingly becomes a lot like real life.

©1982 Robert Bloch (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“Perhaps the finest psychological horror writer…and never in finer form.” (Stephen King)

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He's Back

Nothing like the film, and that's what makes it even better!

Norman Bates manages to escape his psychiatric lock down by murdering and impersonating a nun, as you do! His psychiatrist takes a leave of absence to track him down, and don't you know it, just as all this is happening, Hollywood is filming Norman's life story.....could he be heading out there for a guest appearance?!

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  • Brandon R.
  • 25-08-17

Really really bad.

Paul Michael Garcia is my new favorite narrator. in fact his narration was the only thing that helped me keep listening. i really struggled to finish this. I had read Hitchcock, about how the original Psycho book was adapted. then i read the original psycho. I LOVED both books and will listen to them again. so when i saw this sequel i was SO EXCITED! It starts like a b horror movie sequal. but that didnt bother me. i actually really enjoyed the begining. but then it pulls an Alien 3. (that's all ill say, so i dont spoil anything.) then goes full on stephen king. bad stephen king. too many side characters. too much pointless back story. randomly bizarre, perverse, and perverted scenes. a convoluted plot. a story that breaks numerous, basic "how to tell a good story" rules. just bad. through all of this, the great narration and entertaining opening chapters convinced me i should stick with it. I hoped there would be a redeeming ending that would make it all worth it. I never guess an ending, but this time i did. in the middle of the book, i briefly guessed an ending, but immediately pushed the thought aside. I thought, "No way the author would do that. it's just too silly..." Then that ending actually happened. PARTS of the ending actually surprised me. however, the final payoff left me angry and wishing i could go back in time and re-read the first book instead. Like i said, this book started good , but pulled an Alien 3. by this, i mean that it moved away from characters and elements i enjoyed about the previous book, and actually ruined a lot of them. There is actually a third (maybe fourth?) book in the psycho series, which i had planned on reading. after this disappointment, i doubt i'll read them.

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  • Gary Duffey
  • 17-10-18

This is trash.

This has very little to do with Norman and everything to do with a pointless story of a film. Straight smut.

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  • D. P. Leis
  • 28-07-18

Not my Psycho

With all due respect to the man who created the franchise, Robert Bloch, this book in no way inhabits the world that attracted the world to Psycho in the beginning. It is more social commentary and a dissection of Hollywood than it is a story about horror, suspense or psychology. Filled with characters that I have no interest in... How can you make a Psycho story where Norman Bates is absent throughout almost the entire piece? The movies did a great job at continuing the Psycho story, but unfortunately this book does not.

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  • Andrew Owens
  • 02-03-18

Great Sequel

I read Psycho having not seen the movie or knowing what happens. In that book the twist became apparent to me. This great sequel is as fun to read with many more twists and turns. Paul Michael Garcia does a great job narrating this thrilling book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the psychological thrill genre or the original Psycho novel.