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The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition | [William Peter Blatty]

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

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.
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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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    Amazon Customer 10-28-12 Member Since 2015
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald East Syracuse, NY, United States 10-10-11
    Ronald East Syracuse, NY, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2015
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 04-07-15
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Book brings the horror and chill to this day"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-16-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Scary Reviews"

    Guess, I will get blasted for this, but someone has got to tell it as it is. Just buy the movie. The movie is scary. This is long and boring. This was more a study in psychiatry then anything else. A lot of the story dealt with the life of the divorced, actress mother. My biggest horror was seeing the rating and the reviews after I read the book. Someone needs to exorcise these reviews.

    Narrator was great. I was expecting to hear complaints about the author reading his own work, but I was with everyone on this one, they guy has a scary voice.

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    Stacy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 06-01-14
    Stacy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I expected...better!"

    I have seen this movie- who hasn't? But I saw it when I was a teenager and didn't remember much aside from the grosser parts of the film. The book was a surprise- not really a horror book at all, sure it was really creepy in parts- and there were lots of gross bits, but more of a character study with a lot of good vs.evil. I thought it was really interesting --very well written and William Peter Blatty did such a great job reading. He really brought the characters to life. So glad that I listened!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan ANTIOCH, CA, United States 05-25-14
    Bryan ANTIOCH, CA, United States 05-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost a frightening as the film version!"
    If you could sum up The Exorcist in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, psychological, intense


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris, the mother. I found her so compelling. It really forced me to think about what I would do if I was put in her situation.


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

    I haven't listened to other performances. His voice was exceptional and I'd favor hearing him read again.


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

    There were a couple times I had to stop listening and take a break for a day or so because it was too much. It's pretty rare for me to have such a strong reaction, but this book gave me chills, thrills, and nightmares.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for the faint of heart, but a classic horror tale that everyone should experience in their lifetime.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 01-10-14
    Mike 01-10-14
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    "Holds Up Well Over Time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Given this novel was written in the early 1970s, the story holds up very well. The key characters are developed well and the suspenseful story unfolds at a satisfying pace. The ending seemed a bit rushed and uninterpreted, which might be what Blatty intended. That said, it was still a fine ending. I would recommend it to anyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Merrin. His calm and confident demeanor arrived at a key time in the story. The insights he shared with Karras put a lot of the demonic chaos in perspective and explained how evil can hide in quieter, more insidious ways in everyone's lives.


    What does William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Blatty brings to the characters' conversations intonations that carry additional meaning. The reader might not catch the additional weight of some words.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    debbie Acworth, GA, United States 01-08-14
    debbie Acworth, GA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2015

    I am a married 53 year old mother of 2 adult kids. I started listening to audiobooks for entertainment while driving to work. I am hooked!

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    "Wow! after all these years still terrifying."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Exorcist to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I read the book years ago, but the narrator made you believe he was Chris, Reagan, the priest and the demon. His narration added to the experience.


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

    I always love the beginning when the artifact is found.... you just know something bad is going to happen.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Exorcist and why?

    Reagan, she went through so much and was only a little girl.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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