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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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    CC 03-29-11
    CC 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.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    karen 01-07-15
    karen 01-07-15
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    "Seriously scary..."

    Not my usual genre, but I remember the whole issue, if not the book, from the 1970's. I don't think I ever saw the film. Maybe I read the book, but if I did, it surely didn't affect me as much as having had it read to me now by Ray Porter, who really does an outstanding job. His voice alone lends credibility to the horrendous tale -- really fine narration.

    As I recall, back in the '70's, I was an uber-confident young toots who thought she knew pretty much everything -- silly, but that's what being young and pretty successful does to you. I'm reasonably sure I would have poo-poo'ed this story back then, written it off as pure fiction. Laughed at it, maybe -- enjoyed it, without ever seriously considering that it might be true.

    Today, I'm older and wiser and I don't know nearly as many things as I did, back then. So now? I'm more inclined to believe it than not. In the ensuing years, I've seen a lot of things I never would have thought were possible -- not angels, demons, UFO's or anything like that -- just things that I would have pronounced "impossible" back then, that I now understand to have actually happened. I've learned a lot in coming to understand how little I know.

    Which made this book all the more troublesome -- in the sense of frightening -- to me. Twice, I had to stop listening, go do something else, before I could return to it. If you allow yourself to offer even the tiniest bit of consideration that it just might be true, you're in for a heck of a ride.

    Whatever -- it's a great listen, not to be missed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dirk K. 06-08-14
    Dirk K. 06-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Classical Horror Piece"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. With so much public attention, believe this is a crucial case to know the circumstances surrounding these events.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The males in this story/house. I would like to know why men were the only ones who were the focus of this affliction.


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

    The knowledge of pacing, proper reading, tone and not becoming over dramatic when making a case or reading an exciting chapter.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Given my past experiences, my biggest reactions were to those scenes Jody made appearances. It is beyond creepy that this presence was bound to a pigs body and this is who the child was playing with. I experienced much as a child and adult and it still makes me uncomfortable that these impacts and experiences are made.


    Any additional comments?

    I am curious if the original Dafeo is possessed in prison. If that is the case, if this demon has made any attempts to transfer itself, to escape, if a suicide attempt will be made or what the individuals prison conditions are like.

    2 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?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 02-18-14
    Catherine 02-18-14 Member Since 2012

    Love to learn, cook, bake, garden and always love a great book.

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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.


    2 of 3 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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jaymei Winston, GA, USA 04-08-10
    Jaymei Winston, GA, USA 04-08-10
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    "A bore."

    I thought this book would be scary, or at least a little creepy since all I've ever heard about the series was good things, and the movies were also good. But I don't know if it was the narrator or the book itself, I just couldn't get into it. It seems to me to be more of a drama than something that's meant to shock or scare. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who was looking for a good scare.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kari Briggs 05-13-15
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    "I thought it would be more scary"

    I was able to get into it, as a story, but I wasn't as scared as I thought I'd be. That was a little disappointing.

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    Robert Brandenburg, Ky, USA 04-22-15
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    "i love this book, just not the voice reading it. "

    The book is amazing. It is one of my absolute face and I have searched for a long time to get a audio form of it.

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    Edward 04-21-15
    Edward 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "at points funnier than scary"

    "I'm coming unglued!!!" --- George Lutz

    decent story, but I wish it had been scarier. the priest scenes were too divorced from the main plot. generally okay and better than the movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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