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Publisher's 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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  • Kevin Potter
  • 20-01-2019

Was great until...

I love the narrator! He has great voices, inflections, and tempo. I wish he had done Sanitarium!

Honestly, I was all on board and enjoying the story, the character development, and even the writing (even though the prose and grammar all feel archaic), until...

The plot twist at the end.

I don't give spoilers, so all I'll say is it doesn't happen until literally the very end and it completely ruined the book for me. It's just so out of left field and feels so contrived (and like it was done purely for the sake of having a twist), I just can't respect the book after that.

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  • Kristopher's Korner
  • 12-07-2019

Don't bother

This book is so boring I could not even finish it. Norman's not even in the book after the first couple of chapter and it's all about Norman's psychiatrist and the actors in a movie. Trust me, watch the movie Psycho II its so much better then this book.

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  • D. P. Leis
  • 28-07-2018

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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  • Brandon R.
  • 25-08-2017

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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  • leida
  • 21-02-2021

if only the movie...

had followed this story instead of what actually was fillmed, it would make a great bundle! the story as it is...is a typical yet entertaining sequel. i enjoyed it.

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  • Alex Ziegler
  • 05-08-2019

Suppressing Expectations.

Psycho 2 was an interesting book, it's fun and even suspenseful. The book goes in a different direction than you'd expect but I enjoyed it all the way through.

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  • Andrew Owens
  • 02-03-2018

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.

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  • Andy Batey
  • 21-07-2021

Could not keep my attention

I can’t tell if it was the performance or just the story, but this was not enjoyable. A few times, it was on the edge of being suspenseful, but it never quite got there. I started this some months back and realized I was not paying attention. I started the book over recently and again had trouble paying attention. Full of characters that never really get developed, so no one to root for except Norman I finally finished it today and am just glad it’s over.

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  • Mason Bayliss
  • 13-02-2020

Praise 4 Paul

Paul’s character narration makes me want to listen to whatever project he takes on. Bravo!

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  • Ronda
  • 01-12-2018

Psyskip it....

Narration over the top. Story tried hard to make a point about violence in society and then has a schlock ending.
I am not one to say the film was better, but in this case go with Hitchock's original film and skip the written (and major film) sequels.

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  • GG5667
  • 31-03-2019

Psycho Too

Paul Michael Garcia is an excellent narrator who brings the characters to life in this great sequel to Bloch's classic novel.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 12-05-2013

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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  • MICHAEL S.
  • 22-06-2021

Great

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  • Student of Knowledge
  • 07-04-2021

Graphic violence of women is not entertainment

I didn't enjoy this at all. The story is a bit dull, the storyline is dull alongside the back stories of the characters. I listened to.it because I paid for it. There are several scenes of violence to women, which are absolutely inappropriate in any day and age. it's almost like you can't write a crime story without being violent to women, and then written in such graphic manner just gives an insight to.the author.

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