I am a married 53 year old mother of 2 adult kids. I started listening to audiobooks for entertainment while driving to work. I am hooked!
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!
WPB's narration is awesome. His gravelly, grave, booming voice and perfect reading make this a really good listen. I had seen the movie many times, and though the film is very true to the book, I found so many details in the reading that I never noticed in the film. That said, this book is still punishingly hardcore, far more so than the film could have dared. If you think you've seen it all, you haven't.
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!