I would recommend this to certain friends... some people could not handle the blasphemy sections.
William Peter Blatty's voice is perfect for this. Does a wonderful job!
When I write a review, it's fun for me but they are not always considered very helpful.
If you don't believe that "Satan roams through the world seeking the ruin of souls" you might try reading and listening again to this book and with the help of your higher power you may come to believe and be given faith and love and hope to see with new eyes.
This book is scary! It's even more chilling than the movie!
None that I've read. This book is in a class all by itself.
Once the possession really came "out"
The demon...makes the hair on your neck and arms stand up.
I refuse to watch this movie at night and after listening to this I'm positive I wouldn't listen to this audiobook at night either. As he's reading I can see the scenes in the movie...vividly!
Despite watching hundreds of horror movies over my lifetime, The Exorcist remains my all-time favorite horror film and my go-to scary movie that I always pull out this time of year. It scared the hell out of me the first time I watched it and continues creeping me out today, which is something no other movie can do. However, I am ashamed to say that despite seeing the movie more times than I can remember, I never bothered reading the book. After winning a gift card and noticing that the 40th anniversary edition of the book was only $2, I thought I’d give it a go.
I bought the book on a Thursday and due to other reading commitments, I couldn’t get to it until Friday. About 20 minutes in, I was bored half to death. Really. The Grim Reaper was standing over me smiling, just waiting for me to get a little more bored so he could take me to…well, where I am going is no one’s concern but my own.
Let me explain, I’ve seen the movie. A lot. The beginning part of the film bores me too, so it is no surprise that the first part of the book made me want to sleep since it is longer and more drawn out than the film. I trudged through the scenes in Iraq, but it just wasn’t doing it for me.
I went on Audible and was excited to learn that The Exorcist was an audiobook, but devastated when I found out the author narrated the book. Let’s face it, authors narrating their own books instead of hiring a professional usually turns out badly.
I had a credit to use and figured what the hell? I bought the audiobook, began listening to the author, William Peter Blatty narrate the book, and was completely blown away. Blatty does a remarkable job narrating each character and the voice he uses as the demon was terrifying. My favorite character narration was that of Lieutenant Kinderman. As you listen, you forget you’re hearing a story and feel like you’re standing there in the middle of a conversation with Kinderman and the other characters. It’s really quite incredible.
As I listened, I realized that Blatty is a natural. It’s too bad he only narrated a couple of books because I would pay good money to hear him narrate many more books that I would otherwise pass up, Although he’s not my favorite narrator, he adds incredible depth to the characters along with a palpable sense of terror and dread. For a truly spellbinding and scary listen this Halloween season, check this one out.
Why did I feel like this was religious propaganda? Also, the tone and speed of the author's voice, along with the overuse of the words "like," "oh," "yeah," and "um," makes me think this should have been a 6 hour read instead of a 12 hour one.
Kudos to the narrator! that voice is still in my head. The book was great, I've seen the movie several times yet, still enjoyed listening to the book. So glad I did! its a must read/listen.
Never heard such great fiction narration by author himself. Very dark and spooky. Enjoyed the movie and this audiobook was definitely worth getting back into the scary moments!
most authors should not read. Batty knows his characters and performs them sldeftly and with passion. I'm horrified and thankful to have the book. so very dark and good.
I find the movie to be one of the all time best horror movie, and I was not sure if book would live up to the expectation. I have to conclude that book brings depth and detail to the story that complements the movie well. Compare to movie, it seems that book takes a long time to get to the conclusion that an exorcist was needed. The banter between the demon and priest during the vetting process was particularly bone chilling. The intelligence shown by the demon was not particularly this evident in the movie. I did feel the hate of an entity that wanted to destroy life. I can only image what impact it would have had on people when book first came out. Book had several shocking scene that I believe were not in book. Also, I think that profanity and hate was toned down in movie compare to the book. Finally, once the exorcism started, book takes it to another level, and all of this has more impact due to the buildup from the beginning.
This has to be the top narrated book by an author. Narrator was able to depict the malevolence, and hate of the demon as well as gentle care of a mother. I am very impressed with narration. Though, I kept the narration speed at 1.25.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for supernatural horror. Book brings something new even for readers who have seen the movie.