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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.


    16 of 16 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!

    11 of 11 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….

    10 of 10 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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 09-26-14
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2012

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "Cool story for the season"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Amityville Horror to be better than the print version?

    Yes, ray porter is awesome
    He has a serious tone and fits perfectly, he made 14 by clines great to


    What did you like best about this story?

    Imagining it happen at my house, my family lives on LI,
    I wouldn't of lasted a week


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

    14 by clines
    He is in elite company as far as I'm concerned


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

    Scaring your pants off wherever you are


    Any additional comments?

    Fast good read
    I researched some the events and some were impossible to happen, but that just makes the mystery more real, right?

    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?

    2 of 2 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.


    2 of 2 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.

    5 of 6 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dirk K. 06-08-14
    Dirk K. 06-08-14 Member Since 2012
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHESTERFIELD, United Kingdom
    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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