I have always loved reading. I have MS now. Reading is not as easy for me. I love audio books. I really love long books with great narrators
If you love the movie and have never read the book this would be a good choice. It did take me a little while to get used to the author's voice. I was able to get into it and follow the story easily.
The scene where the priest that will do the exorcism arrives and in standing under the lamp post. He knows what he is up against but is so calm and has merely come to perform a job. Pure faith, knowing what awaits him.
In many ways listening to this audio book was scarier than the movie. I enjoyed it. The language the demon uses to this day in hard to listen to.
The scene in the hall when father Marin explains that there is only ONE demon. I like that he says that possession is to cause those around the possessed to despair and feel unworthy. That belief in God in not a matter a reason, but of love. I also like the end if you believe in the power of evil, how do you account for all the good in the world ?
I saw the Exorcist when I was a teenager. It was the only movie I could not quit thinking about for weeks. I gage all frightening movies by The Exorcist. For me it still stands the test of time and continues to have the power to scare me. I am glad I used my credit for this old favorite.
I have never read The Exorcists, nor have I ever seen the movie, so I had no idea what I was getting into. First, I should say this was not an easy story to listen to in that it was at times very disturbing. Mr. Blatty doesn't soften any blows, and since the subject in distress is a child, I found this story very difficult at times. Still, the story itself was so intense and unusual and disturbing I couldn't help but listen without pause. Even though the child was in such distress and her predicament was so disturbing at times. I felt Blatty wrote her and her situation in a way that conveyed great sympathy and empathy.
My favorite part of Blatty's writting was the dialogue. The dialogue is written extremely well. And read extremely well as well. I didn't realize until I got on here to review this audio book that Blatty also narrated it. He did an escellent job. Really well done. The dialogue, the voices, the tones of voices and nuances were perfect. Especially on the detective. The dialogue and narration perfectly conveyed the intriguing combination of shrewdness, cunning, self defacing manner and sympathy that made his such a facinating character and a smart, insightful detective.
The only complaint I have was with the ending. There was this imense build-up, the suspense was almost painful. Then, the exocrcist is brought in, and . . . he's involved for a very short time. And then the resolution somes very, very shortly afterwards, and its rather aburpt. I was left with this feeling like the author built up this crazy amount of suspense and wrote himself to this plot climax where he wasn't really sure how or when or where to resolve it, so he just, well, ended it. I don't think this was really the case as Blatty seems a much better writter than this, but that was the feeling I was left with, and it was a little bit of a let down. I had all this anticipation and adrenaline built up, and I was left thinking "uh, is that it?". Perhaps my expectations were just over blown. However, it was a small complaint. The overall story was so intense and well written, it more than made up for any let down I personally felt at the end.
I highly recommend this listen.
Reading this was like watching the movie over again in the car LOL. Line after line was the same. I wonder why they can't follow the book in so many other movies. This was a great book so why change the movie version? In this case they didn't and it was great. I was also surprised W P Blatty was such an awesome narrator. As soon as the book started it felt like no other person would have made it justice. I loved it and was sad when it was over.
Absolutely the most shocking, terrifying and wonderfully written horror story I have ever read, superbly narrated by the author. He renders all the different characters to perfection. Not all authors make good narrators, but William Blatty is wonderful! Thank you for this anniversary edition. Definitely an absolute must have for any horror fan. And yes it is absolutely for adults only!
This book does not pull any punches and the sense of demoniacal possession is absolutely realistic and chilling throughout. This book actually gave me goosebumps! I look forward to listening to it a second time, once I recover from the first reading. I think the book has a lot more depth than the movie version, though the movie was amazing also. I would put this book right up there with Stephen King's "The Shining", and Tolstoy's "War and Peace", a couple of my more memorable audiobooks, as well as Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House". For sheer demonic violence, however, "The Exorcist" stands alone.
After listening to Farheit 451 narrated by the author, I tried to stay away from books read by the author but no one could have done a better job than Blatty. He was perfect. The story will always remain one of the scariest there is.
I saw the movie on television as a kid in the 80's. They cut out a LOT of the story for TV evidently.
The book is vivid and fast paced. Fun and foreboding. One that you cannot put down. I was most struck by the genius character development of the few players involved in the story. I wanted to know what drove them, what would become of them, and how they all connected by the end. I was expecting pop-horror, and got a well written character driven tale of people in a horrible situation instead. What a wonderful surprise!
I was dubious of the narration at first. I found it a tad indulgent and overdone, but as the story progressed, it grew on me and by the end I appreciated what the author brought to the track. Listen and ENJOY!
Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
Most of us have seen the film version of "The Exorcist" and so a practical question is, having seen the movie will you get a lot of enjoyment from the audiobook? My answer is that it will be hit or miss. Author William Peter Blatty does the reading here and he does a great job, but there is not really anything in the book that is not in the movie. Yet there is a lot to the movie that is not in the book, such as the horrifying experience of having to look upon the transformed Regan in her bed, with her intimidating demonic stare.
The novel takes it's time building up suspense, and having seen the movie (multiple times in fact), I found this section to be tedious. For example, Father Karras goes through a prolonged process of trying to rationalize Regan's possession in then-current psychiatric terms (which are dated by now). This aspect of the novel really drags on and on in my opinion, and I found myself wanting to slap Father Karras, or at least hold him down while Regan's mother slapped him.
Aside from these comparisons between the book and the film, this is a first rate audiobook and I'd certainly recommend it without reservation to anyone who has not seen the film.
Absolutely. While the novel itself is terrific, I must recommend this for William Peter Blatty's performance. I have never heard an author do such a tremendous job! Definitely a must-listen.
This book is an emotional train ride, that takes you from fear, to sadness, to compassion. The narrator in the audio book, uses changes in voices perfectly. The quotes in this book are also fantastic.
So much, i don't think there is just one thing I loved.
His alternate use of voices, tone, and pace.
The point at which the priest feels compassion for Regan, and then saves her from the Demon, by taking the possession and jumping out the window.
I am a rural mail carrier so I spend a lot of time in my car everyday. Audible has made me look forward to going to work each day!
This has to be in the top 5 audiobooks that I've listened to. Awesome!
The demonic scenes are gripping and very creepy.
WPB gave an absolutely amazing performance! I thought several times during the story about what a talent it is to be able to tell a story and bring it to life in the manner in which he was able.
Yes, absolutely if I had the time to listen in one sitting but I listened over the course of three days on my mail route.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I've never seen the movie and am not sure that I want to see it now that I have completed the book. I've formed images of each of the characters in my head and I think watching the movie would ruin it for me.