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
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.
most authors should not read. Batty knows his characters and performs them sldeftly and with passion. I'm horrified and thankful to have the book. so very dark and good.
"If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.
What you need before listening to this book:
- A bible
- Holy Water
- Adult diapers
That demonic voice will haunt you for weeks.
If you think the movie was good, wait until you hear William Peter Blatty narrate this book.
Great book + Stellar narration = Outstanding production.
Author's performance really brought this classic to life. Having listened to this audio version, I don't think I can watch the movie again. This version is so much deeper and intriguing it makes the movie seem like a trailer.
I know it has been said in other reviews but I cannot stress this enough. Do not over look this because it is narrated by the author! Many times they do a terrible job but I cannot fathom anyone else doing as good a job as he did. His accents, cadence and power voice not only paint the picture in your mind, but make you feel like you are in Regan's room when the demon has hold.
This made me want to rewatch the movie. What seemed like a typical horror movie becomes a deep look into faith, hope, loss and regret. It makes you think on a deep level that many hotter writers can never really obtain. It will have you feeling for everyone from Regan and Carris to the lowly housekeepers. Everyone has a story and arc and not one was left unfinished.
This is not a book for the squeamish but if you want a thrilling mystery, one that makes you question what's going on right to the end then by God give this a listen!
Steve Snead: Social Worker 58 years old. Interested in religion, politics, sports, books and ufo/paranormal discussion.
It's better for me. I think the book gets a little slow and is a little dated. You almost have to be Roman Catholic (which I'm not) to get into the printed version.
The detective reminded me of Columbo from around the time this book was written now that I think about it.
Serious, feeling, intense.
Kind of. I didn't but I did want to know what was going to happen next.
The author does a good job although he is a little subdued sounding especially, at the start. The few times you hear the female reader she does a really good job. It's a little like the Shirley Jackson novel "The Haunting of Hill House" in that a skeptic can always say it was psychological. Not likely, but still possible.
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