I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America by Linda S. Godfrey
Length: 11 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Non-fiction, Monster Lore
Published by TarcherPerigee on August 28th 2014
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Rachel Dulude
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From pre-Columbian legends to modern-day eyewitness accounts, this comprehensive guide covers the history, sightings and lore surrounding the most mysterious monsters in America—including Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and more.
Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and thunderbirds aren’t just figments of our overactive imaginations—according to thousands of eyewitnesses, they exist, in every corner of the United States. Throughout America’s history, shocked onlookers have seen unbelievable creatures of every stripe—from sea serpents to apelike beings, giant bats to monkeymen—in every region.
Author, investigator, and creature expert Linda S. Godfrey brings the same fearless reporting she lent to Real Wolfmen to this essential guide, using historical record, present-day news reports, and eyewitness interviews to examine this hidden menagerie of America’s homegrown beasts.
What I thought of this book.
I really didn’t know what to expect when I decided to listen to this book. I know I wasn’t expecting to find out that there were that many “monsters” in America.
The author takes us through three different over all types with all the monsters and uses some eye-witness testimonies and adds in her thoughts as well. There are the monsters of the sky, the sea and then land.
I honestly didn’t know there were so many different sightings of bird monsters in my life and to be honest, I started to get a bit bored listening about them. Though parts of it was interesting and I think my favorite might be the batsquach, yep you read that right. It’s a furry flying bat-like creature. Honestly, I can’t remember where it was seen but it did catch my attention…lol. There was also mention of Thunderbirds and how they thought some sightings of these large birds were probably turkey vultures, or storks, etc. Oh, I think the Jersey Devil was mentioned in this section along with the mothman. So many creatures!! 🙂
There was actually a lot more sea monsters out there than I thought but then do we really know what is out in the ocean? It’s a large and deep body of water and they are always finding new creatures. There were giant squid and loch ness monster like creatures mentioned among other things. So many I can’t remember them.
So I must admit that really the creatures I wanted to know the most about where the land ones, I love werewolves, the cupacabra, etc. I was a bit disappointed that it seemed the land monsters only seem to have gotten a couple of hours of this 11 hour audio. Of course, we have the sasquachs and windigos in this segment but there was also mention of the pigman, dogman, and goatman.
So like I said there were way more creatures out in the US than I really thought and it was interesting but at the same time a bit boring. I know that is mostly because I have a hard time with any kind of non-fiction, but I am trying to go out of my comfort zone.
The author gives a great run down of monsters in America and has a lot of witness accounts to back things up, but that doesn’t mean that she believes in it all. Though she has had some of her own experiences she still thinks that a lot of things that are seen can be explained away.
Overall, it was interesting and informative and if you’re a hardcore cryptid fan then you might enjoy this.
I have listened to this narrator before and Rachel did a great job with this one.
Audio rating: 4 stars