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  • The Original Movie Novelizations Omnibus
  • Written by: Richard Mueller, Ed Naha
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Ghostbusters

Written by: Richard Mueller, Ed Naha
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
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Publisher's Summary

For the first time in a beautiful new edition, this omnibus will collect together the original official novelizations of both Ghostbusters 1 and 2.

Relive the classic Ghostbusters stories with the original movie novelizations republished for the first time since 1980s.

When Dr. Peter Venkman and his Columbia University colleagues are kicked out of their prestigious academic posts, they start a private practice as professional ghost-catchers. Although things do not start auspiciously for the three parascientists, their television advertisements finally pay off when beautiful Dana Barrett contracts them. It seems her apartment has become the entryway for ghastly ghosts and goofy ghouls hellbent on terrorizing New York City. Soon, they’re not just going to her rescue, but trying to rid the whole city of the slimy creatures.

After waging a war on slime that cost New York City millions, the Ghostbusters find themselves out of business until an ancient tyrant, preparing a return to the Earthly domain through his portrait at the Manhattan Museum of Modern Art, sets his sights on Dana Barrett’s baby as the new home for his wicked soul!

©1985, 2020 Ghostbusters © 1985, 2020 by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Ghostbusters II © 1989, 2020 by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

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Very well done!

With subtle variances from the films, these two books offer a refreshing way to experience the classic films.

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Johnny Heller is a hit!

The original two Ghostbusters movies are put down as novels and wonderfully narrated for Audible by the always amazing Johnny Heller. The books are true to the movies, but flesh out some inner thoughts and character backstories that make the experience even better.

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Competent Scene-by-Scene Reconstructions

I disagree with other reviewers that this recording offers anything more than exact replications of the film iterations. There are a couple of inconsequential extra scenes and some character background elements.. but they're amateurish (a highschool English student could do similar work). Rather, Richard Mueller ('Ghostbusters') and Ed Naha ('Ghostbusters II') take the film screenplays and essentially copy them - word for word - while describing *exactly* what was portrayed on the screen.

But honestly? That's fair.

It's precisely what I was expecting when I downloaded the audiobook. The descriptions are adequate - and that's good enough.

Fortuitously, Blackstone Audio enlisted Johnny Heller to read the books: His diction, timbre, cadence, and pacing are typically exemplary.. but Heller's naturally sarcastic tone is absolutely perfect for the text. True, the voice-acting is occasionally subpar, but this is a well above-average presentation.

If you can't spend the time in front of a screen (you're driving or at work or something), this 8.5/10 star interpretation of the movies is a more than acceptable replacement to occupy your time - you can see the scenes in your mind's-eye quite easily.
Getting the audiobook as a 'Plus' option is a genuine bonus.. because it would be worth a Credit if they asked for it. Can recommend.

[Incidentally: I had forgotten just how good 'Ghostbusters' is.. and just how execrably bad the sequel]

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Fantastic

Love Ghostbusters. Phenomenal voice work. Both books together make a great package. The added details from the movie really fill out the story. Especially the homeless guys in the first one. Miss the joke about peck though. He's now spineless.....

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Classic

Exactly what I recall from the movie, with a few tidbits that never came across on the big screen, but very close.

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loved it.

really enjoyed it and recommend this to others as well. liked that there were sens in the book that weren't in the movie. really good

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Who you going to call?

Who you gonna call one of the best movies. I enjoyed listening to this audio book for all the extra little detail said we're up out of the movie I highly recommend it

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Total fun

Even tho it’s a novelization of the films, this was a fun listen and I smiled or giggled multiple times

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