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
Good book... I think the movie went too far... I remember riding this many years ago...
Despite watching hundreds of horror movies over my lifetime, The Exorcist remains my all-time favorite horror film and my go-to scary movie that I always pull out this time of year. It scared the hell out of me the first time I watched it and continues creeping me out today, which is something no other movie can do. However, I am ashamed to say that despite seeing the movie more times than I can remember, I never bothered reading the book. After winning a gift card and noticing that the 40th anniversary edition of the book was only $2, I thought I’d give it a go.
I bought the book on a Thursday and due to other reading commitments, I couldn’t get to it until Friday. About 20 minutes in, I was bored half to death. Really. The Grim Reaper was standing over me smiling, just waiting for me to get a little more bored so he could take me to…well, where I am going is no one’s concern but my own.
Let me explain, I’ve seen the movie. A lot. The beginning part of the film bores me too, so it is no surprise that the first part of the book made me want to sleep since it is longer and more drawn out than the film. I trudged through the scenes in Iraq, but it just wasn’t doing it for me.
I went on Audible and was excited to learn that The Exorcist was an audiobook, but devastated when I found out the author narrated the book. Let’s face it, authors narrating their own books instead of hiring a professional usually turns out badly.
I had a credit to use and figured what the hell? I bought the audiobook, began listening to the author, William Peter Blatty narrate the book, and was completely blown away. Blatty does a remarkable job narrating each character and the voice he uses as the demon was terrifying. My favorite character narration was that of Lieutenant Kinderman. As you listen, you forget you’re hearing a story and feel like you’re standing there in the middle of a conversation with Kinderman and the other characters. It’s really quite incredible.
As I listened, I realized that Blatty is a natural. It’s too bad he only narrated a couple of books because I would pay good money to hear him narrate many more books that I would otherwise pass up, Although he’s not my favorite narrator, he adds incredible depth to the characters along with a palpable sense of terror and dread. For a truly spellbinding and scary listen this Halloween season, check this one out.
"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.
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.
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