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
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
I have actually seen "The Exorcist" several times so I was pretty impressed how well the movie followed the book. It was spot on except a few small detail changes. I will say, I wish that the book was as brief as the movie because I thought it was a little lengthy and too detailed!
The actual story was good and interesting. I think what makes it so scary is that it's real! The story is loosely based off of a real case of demonic possession but a boy was possessed instead of a girl.
I did have some difficulty getting through the book in a timely manner because there were periods where it was heavily detailed. At times, I would zone out and get lost because it would get overwhelming. I understand why William Peter Blatty went so detailed to show how things came to be but I don't think it was needed.
Usually an author does a terrible job of narrating but this author is an exception. He did an amazing job telling an amazing story. His accents were so good and his portrayal of the demon would send shivers down my spine.
I find the movie to be one of the all time best horror movie, and I was not sure if book would live up to the expectation. I have to conclude that book brings depth and detail to the story that complements the movie well. Compare to movie, it seems that book takes a long time to get to the conclusion that an exorcist was needed. The banter between the demon and priest during the vetting process was particularly bone chilling. The intelligence shown by the demon was not particularly this evident in the movie. I did feel the hate of an entity that wanted to destroy life. I can only image what impact it would have had on people when book first came out. Book had several shocking scene that I believe were not in book. Also, I think that profanity and hate was toned down in movie compare to the book. Finally, once the exorcism started, book takes it to another level, and all of this has more impact due to the buildup from the beginning.
This has to be the top narrated book by an author. Narrator was able to depict the malevolence, and hate of the demon as well as gentle care of a mother. I am very impressed with narration. Though, I kept the narration speed at 1.25.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for supernatural horror. Book brings something new even for readers who have seen the movie.
I have seen the movie many times but have not read the book for 40 years. The Audible production was outstanding and the book is superb. So much better then the movie. I highly recommend this classic story about far more then the memorable scenes from the film.
I've seen the movie many times, and decided to listen to the book based on other reviews. I couldn't agree more, William Peter Blatty is an AMAZING narrator. This is possibly the best audio performance I've ever heard. He brings the characters to life and managed to actually be scary, even with a story that I was already well-familiar with.
There were a couple things about the psychiatric theories of the day that were maybe a little dated, but apart from that small quibble it was a great, compelling story that kept me listening right from the start.
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.
Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
Most of us have seen the film version of "The Exorcist" and so a practical question is, having seen the movie will you get a lot of enjoyment from the audiobook? My answer is that it will be hit or miss. Author William Peter Blatty does the reading here and he does a great job, but there is not really anything in the book that is not in the movie. Yet there is a lot to the movie that is not in the book, such as the horrifying experience of having to look upon the transformed Regan in her bed, with her intimidating demonic stare.
The novel takes it's time building up suspense, and having seen the movie (multiple times in fact), I found this section to be tedious. For example, Father Karras goes through a prolonged process of trying to rationalize Regan's possession in then-current psychiatric terms (which are dated by now). This aspect of the novel really drags on and on in my opinion, and I found myself wanting to slap Father Karras, or at least hold him down while Regan's mother slapped him.
Aside from these comparisons between the book and the film, this is a first rate audiobook and I'd certainly recommend it without reservation to anyone who has not seen the film.
The movie version of this book is what--for most of my life-- I've used to judge all other scary movies, however, I had never read the book. I found myself reliving each scene from the movie as I listened along. For the parts of the book that were left out of the movie I was able to use my imagination to visualize how I believed each scene was playing out. Generally speaking, I love the story line, but more so from the idea that very little (aside from the Ouija board) of the possession had to do with the occult. I find it more horrifying to believe that a "demonic predator" would look to corrupt those who are faithful, spiritual, weakened, or in between. I digress...I like that the author narrated this...only he really knows how he wanted his masterpiece to read to audiences. However, I wish that he involved additional narrator's for the various characters. This may be uncommon...but nonetheless preferred. Enjoy!
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This was a long book. and so much more detail then the movie. Even though it would get slow t times, all information was important, and you found out more about it later in the book.
If you are a fan of the movie, I would recommend this book.
I remember seeing this movie very young and never feeling anything for the film. I actually found it pretty funny. Now that I heard the audio book, I much prefer it over the film. there are more detailed conversations between the priest and the demon. Those where my favorite pats. if you want to get creeped out then get this book.
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