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
YES, I WOULD LISTEN TO IT AGAIN! You can never pick up on every detail and nuance in this book in one read. There is so much going on, you want to watch for the clues as they unravel. The author and reader are spellbounding.
The story is presented so well, that you feel as though you are in that bedroom with the girl. You can feel the coldness and almost smell the atmosphere because it is so well written and read.
Too many great scenes to pick just one favorite.
A lot of moments moved me, but I keep remembering the mother in the park, and the desperation in her voice as she is begs the priest to help her daughter. I could feel the torment and frustration she was feeling, while watching her beloved daughter suffering so much.
Saw this movie when it came out years ago with Linda Blair playing Reagan. This book did not lose one ounce of the feeling that came with the movie. If anything, having the writer read it the way he intended for it to sound to us was a welcome addition. He reads it with such exuberance, one can't help but feel every hill and valley right along with him. This was and still is, one of the best books ever written in this genre. Absolutely loved it and cannot wait to read it again!
Narrated by the author, which is usually nice, and Blatty does a good job. Scary book, a good read for anyone who likes the movie.
The Exorcist is a classic movie that follows this book fairly closely. What you don't get in the movie is the human struggle and the interesting historical facts behind "possession" vs. "mental illness" that the author spends a good bit of time on. The author does a great job reading his own work. Really, the Exorcist does not seem to be about a girl being possessed by a demon; rather, it seems to be a story about a struggling priest's fight with his lost faith and his eventual salvation.
When I heard the narrator's sleepy, mellow voice at the beginning of the book. I have to admit that I was worried. However, he really did a nexcellent job. The demon voice really gave me the creeps, maybe just because of the contraast to his rather grandfatherly, telling a bed time story voice. Whatever the reason, by the end of the book I thought I might like to hear other books read by this narrator. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that the narrator was also the writer, William Peter Blatty.
The story was excellent, as you might expect. The movie was a classic for good reason. Any fan of horror will enjoy this thoroughly. Worth both the time, and the credit.
I really enjoy the books I read and hear!
It was great to revisit this great book and highly recommend it. Going to listen to it again in the near future.
This story, both the book and and movie, have been around for quite awhile, yet the book has not lost its original impact and singular spookiness. I never read the book, content at having seen the movie years ago. Seeing the offering on Audible, I bought the recording and started in.
Now, I don't know about you, but I tend to listen to books on Audible that I would probably not read for one reason or another, I listen when I'm doing other things--exercising, paying bills, driving, etc. With this book, however, I found myself plugging my headphones into my phone at night when I was going to bed, snuggling under the covers with my toy poodle, Max, for company, and listening to the author's gruff but not unpleasant voice take me on the disturbing journey of demonic discovery with Father Damien. In the dark, with only Max for reassurance, the Exorcist proved an unnerving, albeit entertaining, experience.
This is a great read...or should I say...listen!
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
Scary as ever
The head twist always got me!
To many to name
I need a old priest and a Young Priest.. Are you kidding me?
This book is a classic! I've seen the movie so many times I could probably tell the story from memory! With this said it was refreshing to hear it read unabridged to me and close my eyes making my own images in my mind.
BEST OF THRILLERS, It scared me as much as the older book and the movie. DON'T MISS
The voices bring out the evil in tone that you cannot get in a reading book.
The little girl and what evil can do
You'll never regret getting this book to re-visit evil!
After watching the movie plenty of times, thanks to audible I finally got to read the book. I really enjoyed it. The author ( William Peter Blatty ) reads his own book and although he wasn't the best reader the experience was enjoyable. I gave it 4 stars and would have given it 5 if the book was narrated by a better reader.
Father Karras, best character in the book. I didn't like all the sexual references, kept thinking how shocking it must have been 40 years ago, but now it just felt gratuitous.
Faith and science. Athough Karras grappled with his faith, he wanted scientific proof. Otoh, Chris had no faith at all, ever, but was willing to buy into the demon possession. Once she did no evidence was necessary.
This is one case where the movie was better than the book
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