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 am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.
Scary, psychological, intense
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.
I haven't listened to other performances. His voice was exceptional and I'd favor hearing him read again.
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.
Not for the faint of heart, but a classic horror tale that everyone should experience in their lifetime.
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.
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.
Blatty brings to the characters' conversations intonations that carry additional meaning. The reader might not catch the additional weight of some words.
I am a married 54 year old mother of 2 adult kids and 2 yorkies. I love cruises and audiobooks!
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.
I always love the beginning when the artifact is found.... you just know something bad is going to happen.
Reagan, she went through so much and was only a little girl.
The depth of character development, the symbolism of inner struggles with doubt (all kinds of doubt, not just faith), the amazing blossoming of the story, and the performance of William Blatty. It's all so good, there is no way to decide what is 'best'. I loved it all!
All of them! William Blatty is simply the best! His voice is rich & dark - perfect match to the story - but he somehow is able to pull off the voices of all characters believably! A true actor in every regard!
I would recommend this to everyone age 18 and up. Much more going on in this book than the obvious. A true classic - the book that sets the standards sky-high for the horror genera.
Oh my!! I listened to the 40th anniversary edition read by Mr. Blatty himself. His voice was EXCELLENT for the demon! There was a night when I had to walk to the end of my dark suburban side street to get my mail and it was right at a part where Caris was listening to a recording of the demon and playing it backward. I sort of ran the same way I use to run up our basement stairs when the furnace kicked on!
There are some books that deserve to be listened to as the author intends!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ?
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.
I have never read The Exorcists, nor have I ever seen the movie, so I had no idea what I was getting into. First, I should say this was not an easy story to listen to in that it was at times very disturbing. Mr. Blatty doesn't soften any blows, and since the subject in distress is a child, I found this story very difficult at times. Still, the story itself was so intense and unusual and disturbing I couldn't help but listen without pause. Even though the child was in such distress and her predicament was so disturbing at times. I felt Blatty wrote her and her situation in a way that conveyed great sympathy and empathy.
My favorite part of Blatty's writting was the dialogue. The dialogue is written extremely well. And read extremely well as well. I didn't realize until I got on here to review this audio book that Blatty also narrated it. He did an escellent job. Really well done. The dialogue, the voices, the tones of voices and nuances were perfect. Especially on the detective. The dialogue and narration perfectly conveyed the intriguing combination of shrewdness, cunning, self defacing manner and sympathy that made his such a facinating character and a smart, insightful detective.
The only complaint I have was with the ending. There was this imense build-up, the suspense was almost painful. Then, the exocrcist is brought in, and . . . he's involved for a very short time. And then the resolution somes very, very shortly afterwards, and its rather aburpt. I was left with this feeling like the author built up this crazy amount of suspense and wrote himself to this plot climax where he wasn't really sure how or when or where to resolve it, so he just, well, ended it. I don't think this was really the case as Blatty seems a much better writter than this, but that was the feeling I was left with, and it was a little bit of a let down. I had all this anticipation and adrenaline built up, and I was left thinking "uh, is that it?". Perhaps my expectations were just over blown. However, it was a small complaint. The overall story was so intense and well written, it more than made up for any let down I personally felt at the end.
I highly recommend this listen.
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