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The Amityville Horror Audiobook
The Amityville Horror
Written by: 
Jay Anson
Narrated by: 
Ray Porter
The Amityville Horror Audiobook

The Amityville Horror

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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.


    19 of 20 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 2013

    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!

    18 of 19 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 2010

    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….

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-28-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "Ditto, Flavius"

    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.

    4 of 4 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

    34. Married. Cats. Lizards. Disney. Ghostbusters. TMNT. Rifftrax. 20,000 Leagues. Nail polish. Fibro sufferer. Likes bees. A lot.

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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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 04-02-11
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 04-02-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprisingly Disappointing"

    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.

    10 of 13 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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    daniel Hamlin, WV, United States 04-18-12
    daniel Hamlin, WV, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a D-Bag.

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    "Better then the movie or at least the remake"

    Whether it really happed or not doesn't change the fact its a pretty good story. I like the style the novel was written in. Anson calls it a documentry not so sure about that but its a good story. Some parts gave me chills and made the book well worth the credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    brenty United States 11-03-14
    brenty United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Solid and unsettling"

    It's hard to say for certain since I never read the text myself, but I felt like the writing was a bit dry.

    That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the narration here. It gave me a sense of the steady escalation of horror experienced by those in the house. It was eerie in the methodical terrorizing of family and visitors. Like they must have, I felt like maybe it wasn't really happening -- as if maybe it was all just a misinterpretation of events as they slowly unfolded.

    "The devil's best trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist!" - Baudelaire

    1 of 1 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 2016

    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 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Griff.81
    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tony O
    Nottm UK
    12/28/15
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    "a real chiller
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    a very thought provoking and compelling story..surprising powerful in its effects.well delivered by the narrator Highly recommended but maybe not for those of a nervous disposition..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K. Harvey
    UK
    11/8/15
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    "Loved this book!"
    Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favourite audio book so far


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't seen the film and a friend recommended this audio book. I really liked the narrator and thought his voice suited the story well.

    I listen to audio books in the car and could wait to finish my appointment to get back in the car to pick up the story again.

    If the account t is true then I cannot understand why the family stayed in the house so long at put their kids at risk. The first occurrence would have had me running for the hills!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • shane
    4/28/15
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    "Awesome"

    Awesome and very interesting i believe everything happened in that house. ghosta and demons are REAL.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    7/23/16
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    "A competent and solid reading of a horror classic."

    All disparaging remarks about "the horror" aside. Blackstone Audio squarely strikes the iron with this near flawless narration of a time tested classic of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sophie
    5/5/16
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    "brilliant"

    Great story. Couldnt turn it off. Completed in 4 days. Great narrating from ray porter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/9/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DEE
    11/30/14
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    "fascinating and addictive listening"
    Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its a great book I couldnt turn it off


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

    most of it


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

    Well read and a good performance


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

    Its pretty scary although i know most of it is probably fiction


    Any additional comments?

    top read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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