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.
"A fascinating and frightening book." (Los Angeles Times)
"This book will scare the hell out of you." (Kansas City Times)
Who needs the mall?
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.
The sick priest and all that befell the colleagues who tried to help him.
Absolutely. The narrator brings you into the events like reading alone never could.
Yes, and I think I managed it in 4 or 5.
Why ever would I do that?
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!
Addicted to Audible since 2009
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….
A 32 year old with a painfully short attention span. Audio books brought me back to reading.
It's not the best but it's somewhere between the middle and the best. It's a very well done book.
Probably the general existence of the red room. I want to know more about that!
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.
That pigs can be creepy? I'm not sure if that counts.
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.
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.
I was excited to listen to "Amityville" because I'd read a small portion of the book as a child, and seen enough of the movies to know what kind of haunted house book this would be--much more "active" than the classic haunted house. In this, the book does not disappoint--there's a good deal of creepy, even scary stuff. I enjoyed that aspect of the book, and there is a great deal of it.
However, the book suffers from trying to portray itself as "true." The writing is detached and investigatory, which would work better if were truly reporting, but as some of the subject matter deals with intimate or personal events which do not bear directly on the ostensibly documentary elements of the story, it doesn't work. Partly because of this "distant" style, the individual members of the Lutz Family aren't remotely realized as characters. Moreover, there's something 'wrong' about them, something that not only doesn't ring true in their characterization, but also in their basic humanity. There's very little likable about these characters beyond that they are also of our species.
The book has a few high points, but I left feeling a bit cheated.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
If it was true, it would be scary. It is written as if it is true, yet you know it is not. I have read plenty of made up stories that were scary, see: J.A. Konrath, Stephen King, Blake Crouch or Dean Koontz.
How many times do you have to find your wife floating out the window before you leave the house? For this guy it was more then once. It was very convenient that no one had to go work. Are all priests this big of a coward? What kind of parent subjects their three kids to this for so long?
You want scary seek out the authors listed above.
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
Yes, ray porter is awesome
He has a serious tone and fits perfectly, he made 14 by clines great to
Imagining it happen at my house, my family lives on LI,
I wouldn't of lasted a week
14 by clines
He is in elite company as far as I'm concerned
Scaring your pants off wherever you are
Fast good read
I researched some the events and some were impossible to happen, but that just makes the mystery more real, right?
Its up there. Very spooky. Not as Good as ed and Lorraine warrens books but up there.
the priest who was oppressed
The whole opening act is great.
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.
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.
Yes, its a wonderfully scary book that is definitely in the top one hundred horror books to read before you die!
The suspense is was suspenseful from the very first page to the last.
Yes he did a very good job and his voice added to the suspense and tension with each character.
The constant reminder that it was based on a true story and the character in the book were real people.
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!
i really enjoyed this book, its well worth a listen if you like the paranormal.
"A version of events"
As one might expect this does not serve as proof of the phenomenon at the Lutz home, but it was an interesting reciting of the story. I enjoyed listening to it, the narration was done well.
"fascinating and addictive listening"
Its a great book I couldnt turn it off
most of it
Well read and a good performance
Its pretty scary although i know most of it is probably fiction
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