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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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    Taylor New York, NY 09-03-15
    Taylor New York, NY 09-03-15 Member Since 2011

    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    reeree 04-27-15
    reeree 04-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "the exorcist"

    I loved it and cried too sad ending awesome book it's a good book on religious beliefs and the different ideas of belief in a higher power

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    Delilah Boston, MA 03-24-15
    Delilah Boston, MA 03-24-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Brilliant Reading of this Classic"

    Worthwhile for any fan of the genre to hear this amazing tale presented by the author.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-16-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "Scary Reviews"

    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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    Shelby 02-18-15
    Shelby 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant!"

    Narrator was amazing, story was scary as hell... What else can I say? I plan on listening again many more times!

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    Bryan ANTIOCH, CA, United States 05-25-14
    Bryan ANTIOCH, CA, United States 05-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost a frightening as the film version!"
    If you could sum up The Exorcist in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, psychological, intense


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to other performances. His voice was exceptional and I'd favor hearing him read again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for the faint of heart, but a classic horror tale that everyone should experience in their lifetime.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 01-10-14
    Mike 01-10-14
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    "Holds Up Well Over Time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    Blatty brings to the characters' conversations intonations that carry additional meaning. The reader might not catch the additional weight of some words.


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    debbie Acworth, GA, United States 01-08-14
    debbie Acworth, GA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2016

    I am a married 54 year old mother of 2 adult kids and 2 yorkies. I love cruises and audiobooks!

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    "Wow! after all these years still terrifying."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Exorcist to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    I always love the beginning when the artifact is found.... you just know something bad is going to happen.


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

    Reagan, she went through so much and was only a little girl.


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    Amy ELGIN, IL, United States 12-22-13
    Amy ELGIN, IL, United States 12-22-13
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    "Legendary!!!"
    What did you love best about The Exorcist?

    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!


    Which character – as performed by William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan – was your favorite?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Prime Time MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 11-19-13
    Prime Time MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Listen in the DARK!"

    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!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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