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The Exorcist Audiobook

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

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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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    Amanda DOVER, NH, United States 10-26-14
    Amanda DOVER, NH, United States 10-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Holy s@%&!!! Way creepier than the movie!"
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    I really think what pulled the whole audible experience together was the gentlemen who read it... He was SUPERB. The story itself is creepy, disturbing, and thought provoking for present day, let alone for the early 70's!I highly recommend this book. It truly keeps the reader's attention, and truly brings the reader into suspension of disbelief. The author does a fantastic job of dancing between the clinical world of psychology, and the little known world of the supernatural and preternatural phenomena.If you liked the movie, you will LOVE the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-01-14
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-01-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "This was a seriously intense horror"

    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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    Amazon Customer 10-28-12
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    "Stands the test of time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a testament to the power of a narrator to bring the listener in the room.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt the characters were individual and very real as a result of the narration.


    Have you listened to any of William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could rename The Exorcist, what would you call it?

    The possession, but alas this is another fabulous book.


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    talyn Paw Paw, MI, United States 10-10-12
    talyn Paw Paw, MI, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I think Stephan King is a genius

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    "Perfect for Halloween season!"
    What did you love best about The Exorcist?

    It scared me!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Exorcist?

    The voices of the demon!


    What about William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan ’s performance did you like?

    The way the sound was quiet and then boomed loud like a monster popping out of your closet!


    If you could rename The Exorcist, what would you call it?

    The possessed.


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    Robert 10-01-12
    Robert 10-01-12
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    "Wow!"
    If you could sum up The Exorcist in three words, what would they be?

    Classic, Classic, Classic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Father Karras, his insight and attention to detail make him a fantastic narrator, while his weaknesses make him a perfect hero.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was hard not to, but sleep is inevitable.


    Any additional comments?

    William Peter Blatty's voice was made for this book!

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    Ronald East Syracuse, NY, United States 10-10-11
    Ronald East Syracuse, NY, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Familiar Story, Excellent Narration"

    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.

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    kymberly 08-22-16
    kymberly 08-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as bone chilling as described"

    I've seen the exorcist many years ago. I was hoping that the book would be better (as most books are that have gone to film). In his case, the book and movie stayed pretty closely aligned, which is good, but for me the movie was boring and so was the book. I do understand that the book was written in a different era when we weren't so desensitized to things of this nature.

    Overall I'd say it was ok for staying true. However I was not moved by the performance or the book overall.

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    Kyle 08-19-16
    Kyle 08-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Scariest book you will ever read!!!"

    Read it in one night and couldn't sleep without a light! If you're looking for a story that will keep you up, read this book! The story is amazing, and it is beautifully written. Will definitely be re-reading.

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    juan estevez 08-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely narration by Blatty"

    Having the voice of Blatty really enriched what could probably be the most chilling story ever. Worth the listen for sure.

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    JIABOGADO 08-06-16
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    "very different from movie"

    the book is very different than the movie and that is a good thing because I think the focus on Father Damien shows a genuine struggle for faith.
    In examining Regan he exhaust all scientific possibilities.

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