My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
Guess, I will get blasted for this, but someone has got to tell it as it is. Just buy the movie. The movie is scary. This is long and boring. This was more a study in psychiatry then anything else. A lot of the story dealt with the life of the divorced, actress mother. My biggest horror was seeing the rating and the reviews after I read the book. Someone needs to exorcise these reviews.
Narrator was great. I was expecting to hear complaints about the author reading his own work, but I was with everyone on this one, they guy has a scary voice.
The movie version of this book is what--for most of my life-- I've used to judge all other scary movies, however, I had never read the book. I found myself reliving each scene from the movie as I listened along. For the parts of the book that were left out of the movie I was able to use my imagination to visualize how I believed each scene was playing out. Generally speaking, I love the story line, but more so from the idea that very little (aside from the Ouija board) of the possession had to do with the occult. I find it more horrifying to believe that a "demonic predator" would look to corrupt those who are faithful, spiritual, weakened, or in between. I digress...I like that the author narrated this...only he really knows how he wanted his masterpiece to read to audiences. However, I wish that he involved additional narrator's for the various characters. This may be uncommon...but nonetheless preferred. Enjoy!
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This was a long book. and so much more detail then the movie. Even though it would get slow t times, all information was important, and you found out more about it later in the book.
If you are a fan of the movie, I would recommend this book.
I remember seeing this movie very young and never feeling anything for the film. I actually found it pretty funny. Now that I heard the audio book, I much prefer it over the film. there are more detailed conversations between the priest and the demon. Those where my favorite pats. if you want to get creeped out then get this book.
I'd read the book already, years ago, so I already knew the story. What made this so special was the fact that it was an audiobook, so I got treated to demonic voices and stuff right in my ears, and not just as writing. It was scary enough to read, it got cranked all the way to 11 as an audiobook.
The part that really stays with me it the past when Karras is listening to the tape of Regan's voice played backwards and realizes that the gibberish she was speaking wasn't gibberish at all, but english, spoken perfectly backwards. So very, very creepy.
Nope never have. I was rather impressed with Blatty's performance, too. He really gave it his all.
I wouldn't dream of it. It's such an iconic title, there's no way I'd change it, even if I could.
There's really not much else to say. It's perfect. Just the right amount of thrills and even some gore, but still manages to not go over the top, as is so easy to do with this type of story. 10/10.
Scary, psychological, intense
Chris, the mother. I found her so compelling. It really forced me to think about what I would do if I was put in her situation.
I haven't listened to other performances. His voice was exceptional and I'd favor hearing him read again.
There were a couple times I had to stop listening and take a break for a day or so because it was too much. It's pretty rare for me to have such a strong reaction, but this book gave me chills, thrills, and nightmares.
Not for the faint of heart, but a classic horror tale that everyone should experience in their lifetime.
Given this novel was written in the early 1970s, the story holds up very well. The key characters are developed well and the suspenseful story unfolds at a satisfying pace. The ending seemed a bit rushed and uninterpreted, which might be what Blatty intended. That said, it was still a fine ending. I would recommend it to anyone.
Merrin. His calm and confident demeanor arrived at a key time in the story. The insights he shared with Karras put a lot of the demonic chaos in perspective and explained how evil can hide in quieter, more insidious ways in everyone's lives.
Blatty brings to the characters' conversations intonations that carry additional meaning. The reader might not catch the additional weight of some words.
I am a married 54 year old mother of 2 adult kids and 2 yorkies. I love cruises and audiobooks!
Yes, I read the book years ago, but the narrator made you believe he was Chris, Reagan, the priest and the demon. His narration added to the experience.
I always love the beginning when the artifact is found.... you just know something bad is going to happen.
Reagan, she went through so much and was only a little girl.
The depth of character development, the symbolism of inner struggles with doubt (all kinds of doubt, not just faith), the amazing blossoming of the story, and the performance of William Blatty. It's all so good, there is no way to decide what is 'best'. I loved it all!
All of them! William Blatty is simply the best! His voice is rich & dark - perfect match to the story - but he somehow is able to pull off the voices of all characters believably! A true actor in every regard!
I would recommend this to everyone age 18 and up. Much more going on in this book than the obvious. A true classic - the book that sets the standards sky-high for the horror genera.
Oh my!! I listened to the 40th anniversary edition read by Mr. Blatty himself. His voice was EXCELLENT for the demon! There was a night when I had to walk to the end of my dark suburban side street to get my mail and it was right at a part where Caris was listening to a recording of the demon and playing it backward. I sort of ran the same way I use to run up our basement stairs when the furnace kicked on!
There are some books that deserve to be listened to as the author intends!