Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.
©2011 William Peter Blatty (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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Holy crap! I can remember watching this as a kid in the dark. I loved being so freaked out and so scared and curious about the world and if this kind of thing can actually happen. Not much has changed in those twenty years! I'm still really curious and still love being scared, which is why I jumped at the chance to review the audio version of The Exorcist!
Not only am I excited that this is in audio but I'm super excited that the author is narrating this! He has a really interesting voice that adds to the drama of the story itself. A sense of hypnosis happened while listening to his voice which again, just adds to the zen before the horror starts. I think it's also great when authors narrate their own stories. They are the only ones that know exactly where they want the anticipation to heighten or when to add in a softness that other narrators may not pick up on.
Overall this was amazing. There are a few differences if you compare the book and the movie. Firstly is being able to get into the thoughts of the characters more. I was able to completely understand how the mother is really into making sure that Reagan is ok after her parent's divorce. She is very into Reagan's life and in the beginning of Reagan's "illness" she is trying to take Regan to everyone she can think of to get Reagan better. She even has a career opportunity that she gives up for Reagan and I don't remember any of that coming through in the movie. Being able to hear how solid and secure she is and then watching her entire self get slowly chipped away was a huge thing that I think wasn't in the movie. Chris is completely flabbergasted and at her wit's end! I could feel her tension in every part of the book, even when it seems like nothing is going on that is that crazy.
Also, there is Father Carries. He is completely unable to believe in God or Demons which creates another huge amount of tension. He's a normal guy that is just faced with some real questions in life. Something we ALL go through.
So, I was loving the story, three hours in the intensity goes from ok, this is creepy to HOLY CRAP!! IT has started!
Going back to how the narration is done I am in love with William Peter Blatty's voice. He has an almost guttural quality, or a scratchiness that totally lends itself to this type of book. At times his voice could be soothing and welcoming or sounding completely insane! He easily transformed between the two. The only downside is that the second narrator, Eliana Shaskan, only had small parts. I think it may have added even more if she voiced more female parts but it didn't really take away from the story because (yet again I'm gushing here) William Peter Blatty was amazing!
As the story intensifies I did notice quite a few of the scenes were in the movie. I was pleasantly surprised because these became the iconic scenes and statements. Like when Linda Blair's head does a 360, or when the demon is calling Regan a sow. All of the gruesomeness that I loved in the movie was there, and more! It's a lot to pack into a two hour movie but just enough for a book. The intensity does ratchet up quite a bit but there are some down times to the plot. Kinderman is trying to figure out the crime while the priest is trying to be a psychiatrist, and the people in the house are dealing with this gruesome being that used to be a sweet little girl.
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Yes, this is a testament to the power of a narrator to bring the listener in the room.
I felt the characters were individual and very real as a result of the narration.
The possession, but alas this is another fabulous book.
I think Stephan King is a genius
It scared me!
The voices of the demon!
The way the sound was quiet and then boomed loud like a monster popping out of your closet!
Classic, Classic, Classic
Father Karras, his insight and attention to detail make him a fantastic narrator, while his weaknesses make him a perfect hero.
Yes, it was hard not to, but sleep is inevitable.
William Peter Blatty's voice was made for this book!
Often I cringe at the idea of an author narrating his own work, but Mr. Blatty reads his book very well and he has a rich voice that seems to have been made for narration. I read the book when I was a kid and mostly remember the story from the film, so I cant speak to what was "revised and expanded" although I think I recall an interview with Blatty where he said that for the film he added a lot of the more shocking language at the request of the Director, so maybe thats it, as Regan is quite potty-mouthed here.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. It's such a classic and I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to reading it.
Very well read.
Good book... I think the movie went too far... I remember riding this many years ago...
Despite watching hundreds of horror movies over my lifetime, The Exorcist remains my all-time favorite horror film and my go-to scary movie that I always pull out this time of year. It scared the hell out of me the first time I watched it and continues creeping me out today, which is something no other movie can do. However, I am ashamed to say that despite seeing the movie more times than I can remember, I never bothered reading the book. After winning a gift card and noticing that the 40th anniversary edition of the book was only $2, I thought I’d give it a go.
I bought the book on a Thursday and due to other reading commitments, I couldn’t get to it until Friday. About 20 minutes in, I was bored half to death. Really. The Grim Reaper was standing over me smiling, just waiting for me to get a little more bored so he could take me to…well, where I am going is no one’s concern but my own.
Let me explain, I’ve seen the movie. A lot. The beginning part of the film bores me too, so it is no surprise that the first part of the book made me want to sleep since it is longer and more drawn out than the film. I trudged through the scenes in Iraq, but it just wasn’t doing it for me.
I went on Audible and was excited to learn that The Exorcist was an audiobook, but devastated when I found out the author narrated the book. Let’s face it, authors narrating their own books instead of hiring a professional usually turns out badly.
I had a credit to use and figured what the hell? I bought the audiobook, began listening to the author, William Peter Blatty narrate the book, and was completely blown away. Blatty does a remarkable job narrating each character and the voice he uses as the demon was terrifying. My favorite character narration was that of Lieutenant Kinderman. As you listen, you forget you’re hearing a story and feel like you’re standing there in the middle of a conversation with Kinderman and the other characters. It’s really quite incredible.
As I listened, I realized that Blatty is a natural. It’s too bad he only narrated a couple of books because I would pay good money to hear him narrate many more books that I would otherwise pass up, Although he’s not my favorite narrator, he adds incredible depth to the characters along with a palpable sense of terror and dread. For a truly spellbinding and scary listen this Halloween season, check this one out.
most authors should not read. Batty knows his characters and performs them sldeftly and with passion. I'm horrified and thankful to have the book. so very dark and good.
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