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
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 53 year old mother of 2 adult kids. I started listening to audiobooks for entertainment while driving to work. I am hooked!
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.
Since he is the author, I feel that the book is read how it was meant to be read.
The performance by the author, William Peter Blatty, was amazing. He really captured the horrific vibe of the story.
I'm not really sure. I read a lot of horror stories, but this particular book stands alone as a fascinating look at the psychosis of possession.
Any scene where they were discussing the mental and physical conditions that may contribute to Reagan's condition.
I'm a mailman, and I listen to all audiobooks while I'm at work. I would have loved to have listened to this all the way through in one go, but it got me through two work days, which was nice.
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