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The Amityville Horror | [Jay Anson]

The Amityville Horror

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.
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Publisher's Summary

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up.

Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror.

This is the spellbinding, best-selling, true story that gripped the nation - the story of a house possessed by evil spirits, haunted by psychic phenomena almost too terrible to describe.

Jay Anson began as a copy boy on the New York Evening Journal in 1937 and later worked in advertising and publicity. With more than 500 documentary scripts for television to his credit, he was associated with Professional Films, Inc. He died in 1980.

©1977 Jay Anson; published in arrangement with Lesia Anson (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A fascinating and frightening book." (Los Angeles Times)
"This book will scare the hell out of you." (Kansas City Times)

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    JRM 01-26-13
    JRM 01-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Who needs the mall?

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    "Maybe, Maybe Not"
    Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a fast, creepy read. The happenings at the Amityville house have been hotly debated for many years, but I couldn't care less. I loved it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amityville Horror?

    The sick priest and all that befell the colleagues who tried to help him.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely. The narrator brings you into the events like reading alone never could.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I think I managed it in 4 or 5.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 06-17-13
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2010

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Winning author and narrator pair!"

    Not at all comfortable with horror but decided to give this book a listen even if I had to stop and delete it because I became terrified.
    Well-researched book read by a perfect narrator. If I could, I'd abduct this narrator and drop him into nearly every book I've ever read.
    HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-02-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "So good, it’s scary."

    I was never a big fan of the movie but I have to admit, this book scared the hell out of me. Very intense and spooky. In addition, the narrator keeps the listener on the edge of their seat with every word. If looking for a horror book, look no further! Great stuff….

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 03-21-14
    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Scary Fun"
    What made the experience of listening to The Amityville Horror the most enjoyable?

    The detailed account of the John and Kathy Lutz's experience in a home that seemed to be plagued by the devil's minions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace of the story was great. I listen to a lot of true crime with overly redundant writing; so this book was a refreshing change.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I just know he made the book a great audio experience.


    If you could give The Amityville Horror a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A house of horror


    Any additional comments?

    I would really like to know how true this account is?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Dallas, TX 02-18-14
    Catherine Dallas, TX 02-18-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a normal girl, looking for a job and trying to finish a Masters. It's a lot harder than you think. The job hunt especially!

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    "Great Story, Much better than the movies."
    What did you love best about The Amityville Horror?

    I loved getting the whole story, The movies changed so much and the book is actually a lot scarier than the films. I really enjoyed it.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the First time I listened to a book by Ray Porter, and he reads very well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Smail Summerville, SC United States 12-14-13
    S. Smail Summerville, SC United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2013

    A 32 year old with a painfully short attention span. Audio books brought me back to reading.

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    "True story? Fiction? Whatever, it's awesome."
    Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not the best but it's somewhere between the middle and the best. It's a very well done book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amityville Horror?

    Probably the general existence of the red room. I want to know more about that!


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    There wasn't anything I didn't like. For some reason I feel like whenever he read the new chapter titles he sounded really creepy. Maybe it had to do with me being caught up in the story, but either way I loved it.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That pigs can be creepy? I'm not sure if that counts.


    Any additional comments?

    I know that this story is a controversial one, and that people will probably be debating whether it's true or not forever. Personally, I don't care. Enough of it rings of truth that I could believe it, even though at times I found myself thinking that little parts just seemed way too weird. (Hoof prints in the snow? That's bizarre, but it creeped me out.) Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good horror story. Don't get hung up on whether it's true or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joe NASHVILLE, TN, United States 09-04-13
    joe NASHVILLE, TN, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "best telling of the story yet"
    Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its up there. Very spooky. Not as Good as ed and Lorraine warrens books but up there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the priest who was oppressed


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole opening act is great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    its has an overall creepy vibe. The times when the family saw the Pig creature. Its sounds dumb writing it like that, but its pretty scary in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Its such and old book that you can hardley ask for comments but What I will say is that this book needed a followup. Ed and Lorraine Warren wrote a lot of books that audible needs to have made ASAP. At least one or 2 by Halloween. The narrator needs to be the same as this either this book or preferably the Demonologist book. This book was all build up and nothing...or next to nothing of the investigation in the house to get it exorcized that followed. Seriously. The Warrens wrote so much and their story is a box office hit this summer. How can you not have more of their book up here. Its like Audible does not want to make money. Cash in on it now Audible. God knows there will be three Warren films that will come out. You are missing the boat on this. People want to know about these two people, more than they want fictional horror.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony United States 08-16-13
    Tony United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't Listen to This By Yourself At Night!!"

    The first time I actually read this book, I was very young and it scared the "$h1T" out of me. The audible book was no different. This so called "true" story had me shutting all the doors and playing music so I can go to bed at night. This is a must listen for any true horror enthusiast!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CC Lake St. Louis, MO, United States 03-29-11
    CC Lake St. Louis, MO, United States 03-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The Amityville Yawn..."

    I was surprised at how much I didn't like listening to this book. At first I thought that it was because I didn't like the narrator, whose voice barely fluctuated throughout the book, but digging deeper, I truly feel that the writing itself lacked something. It seemed to me that it was just a mere telling of the story that never brought the reader/listener into the world that the Lutz family was living in.

    Normally when I read/listen to a book I am drawn into that world and hate to stop reading/listening. When I do stop, I count the minutes until I can once again enter that world. In this case I mostly thought to myself, "How much longer before this book is over?"

    Disappointed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen MEMPHIS, TN, United States 10-30-12
    Kathleen MEMPHIS, TN, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A wonderful classic that is a must read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its a wonderfully scary book that is definitely in the top one hundred horror books to read before you die!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense is was suspenseful from the very first page to the last.


    Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes he did a very good job and his voice added to the suspense and tension with each character.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The constant reminder that it was based on a true story and the character in the book were real people.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen and is short so if you want it for a short trip or just a quick listen its perfect! Especially around Halloween!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    2/12/12
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    "good"

    i really enjoyed this book, its well worth a listen if you like the paranormal.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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