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The Exorcist Audiobook

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

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Publisher's Summary

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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    James Cleburne, TX, United States 10-20-13
    James Cleburne, TX, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Blatty is a Beast!"

    WPB's narration is awesome. His gravelly, grave, booming voice and perfect reading make this a really good listen. I had seen the movie many times, and though the film is very true to the book, I found so many details in the reading that I never noticed in the film. That said, this book is still punishingly hardcore, far more so than the film could have dared. If you think you've seen it all, you haven't.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Callahan, FL, United States 09-19-13
    Janet Callahan, FL, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I have always loved reading. I have MS now. Reading is not as easy for me. I love audio books. I really love long books with great narrators

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    "In many way for me better than movie."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love the movie and have never read the book this would be a good choice. It did take me a little while to get used to the author's voice. I was able to get into it and follow the story easily.


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

    The scene where the priest that will do the exorcism arrives and in standing under the lamp post. He knows what he is up against but is so calm and has merely come to perform a job. Pure faith, knowing what awaits him.


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

    In many ways listening to this audio book was scarier than the movie. I enjoyed it. The language the demon uses to this day in hard to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene in the hall when father Marin explains that there is only ONE demon. I like that he says that possession is to cause those around the possessed to despair and feel unworthy. That belief in God in not a matter a reason, but of love. I also like the end if you believe in the power of evil, how do you account for all the good in the world ?


    Any additional comments?

    I saw the Exorcist when I was a teenager. It was the only movie I could not quit thinking about for weeks. I gage all frightening movies by The Exorcist. For me it still stands the test of time and continues to have the power to scare me. I am glad I used my credit for this old favorite.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte 05-27-13
    Charlotte 05-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "All Others Fail in Comparison"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Exorcist to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Author is reading the story and his voice is the best!


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the story, you will love this in audio. Then you will have the same problem as I, can't find another to satisfy as well as this one!

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    whiterabbit 06-28-12
    whiterabbit 06-28-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Amazing story... and superb narration by author"
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    Absolutely the most shocking, terrifying and wonderfully written horror story I have ever read, superbly narrated by the author. He renders all the different characters to perfection. Not all authors make good narrators, but William Blatty is wonderful! Thank you for this anniversary edition. Definitely an absolute must have for any horror fan. And yes it is absolutely for adults only!

    This book does not pull any punches and the sense of demoniacal possession is absolutely realistic and chilling throughout. This book actually gave me goosebumps! I look forward to listening to it a second time, once I recover from the first reading. I think the book has a lot more depth than the movie version, though the movie was amazing also. I would put this book right up there with Stephen King's "The Shining", and Tolstoy's "War and Peace", a couple of my more memorable audiobooks, as well as Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House". For sheer demonic violence, however, "The Exorcist" stands alone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Chesapeake, VA, United States 04-07-12
    Robert Chesapeake, VA, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"
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    After listening to Farheit 451 narrated by the author, I tried to stay away from books read by the author but no one could have done a better job than Blatty. He was perfect. The story will always remain one of the scariest there is.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Laguna Woods, CA, United States 02-12-12
    Virginia Laguna Woods, CA, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW! Just as good as it was 20 yrs. ago"
    If you could sum up The Exorcist in three words, what would they be?

    BEST OF THRILLERS, It scared me as much as the older book and the movie. DON'T MISS


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

    The exorcism


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

    The voices bring out the evil in tone that you cannot get in a reading book.


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

    The little girl and what evil can do


    Any additional comments?

    You'll never regret getting this book to re-visit evil!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor New York, NY 09-03-15
    Taylor New York, NY 09-03-15 Member Since 2017

    "If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.

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    "Mother of God!!!"

    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.

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    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 09-17-12
    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Terrific Ride!"

    I saw the movie on television as a kid in the 80's. They cut out a LOT of the story for TV evidently.

    The book is vivid and fast paced. Fun and foreboding. One that you cannot put down. I was most struck by the genius character development of the few players involved in the story. I wanted to know what drove them, what would become of them, and how they all connected by the end. I was expecting pop-horror, and got a well written character driven tale of people in a horrible situation instead. What a wonderful surprise!

    I was dubious of the narration at first. I found it a tad indulgent and overdone, but as the story progressed, it grew on me and by the end I appreciated what the author brought to the track. Listen and ENJOY!

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    Jannita D. Lands-Orman 01-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorites!!!"

    The author narrating the book was PERFECT!!! He's telling his story the way it should be told...LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

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    gardukman 01-17-17
    gardukman 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great listen!"

    loved the story! Blatty's voice is perfect for it too! I don't know what was more creepy, his voice or the story. probably the combination of both.

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