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 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 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.
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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 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 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.
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.
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