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The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition | [William Peter Blatty]

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

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.
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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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    Charlotte BLOOMINGTON, IL, United States 05-27-13
    Charlotte BLOOMINGTON, IL, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2002
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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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    Gloria Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 02-17-13
    Gloria Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 02-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Still as exhilarating as ever!"
    Would you listen to The Exorcist again? Why?

    YES, I WOULD LISTEN TO IT AGAIN! You can never pick up on every detail and nuance in this book in one read. There is so much going on, you want to watch for the clues as they unravel. The author and reader are spellbounding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is presented so well, that you feel as though you are in that bedroom with the girl. You can feel the coldness and almost smell the atmosphere because it is so well written and read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many great scenes to pick just one favorite.


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

    A lot of moments moved me, but I keep remembering the mother in the park, and the desperation in her voice as she is begs the priest to help her daughter. I could feel the torment and frustration she was feeling, while watching her beloved daughter suffering so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Saw this movie when it came out years ago with Linda Blair playing Reagan. This book did not lose one ounce of the feeling that came with the movie. If anything, having the writer read it the way he intended for it to sound to us was a welcome addition. He reads it with such exuberance, one can't help but feel every hill and valley right along with him. This was and still is, one of the best books ever written in this genre. Absolutely loved it and cannot wait to read it again!

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    Daniel Atlanta, GA, United States 12-29-12
    Daniel Atlanta, GA, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Scary read"

    Narrated by the author, which is usually nice, and Blatty does a good job. Scary book, a good read for anyone who likes the movie.

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    Mark B 11-22-12
    Mark B 11-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not just a horror story..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Exorcist is a classic movie that follows this book fairly closely. What you don't get in the movie is the human struggle and the interesting historical facts behind "possession" vs. "mental illness" that the author spends a good bit of time on. The author does a great job reading his own work. Really, the Exorcist does not seem to be about a girl being possessed by a demon; rather, it seems to be a story about a struggling priest's fight with his lost faith and his eventual salvation.


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    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 11-11-12
    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 11-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "wow"
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    When I heard the narrator's sleepy, mellow voice at the beginning of the book. I have to admit that I was worried. However, he really did a nexcellent job. The demon voice really gave me the creeps, maybe just because of the contraast to his rather grandfatherly, telling a bed time story voice. Whatever the reason, by the end of the book I thought I might like to hear other books read by this narrator. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that the narrator was also the writer, William Peter Blatty.
    The story was excellent, as you might expect. The movie was a classic for good reason. Any fan of horror will enjoy this thoroughly. Worth both the time, and the credit.

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    Alton Lombard, IL, United States 11-09-12
    Alton Lombard, IL, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2011

    I really enjoy the books I read and hear!

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    "Better than the movie!"

    It was great to revisit this great book and highly recommend it. Going to listen to it again in the near future.

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    Mugs Stump Anchorage, Alaska 10-31-12
    Mugs Stump Anchorage, Alaska 10-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Ye Old Demon Erupts Forth Anew"

    This story, both the book and and movie, have been around for quite awhile, yet the book has not lost its original impact and singular spookiness. I never read the book, content at having seen the movie years ago. Seeing the offering on Audible, I bought the recording and started in.

    Now, I don't know about you, but I tend to listen to books on Audible that I would probably not read for one reason or another, I listen when I'm doing other things--exercising, paying bills, driving, etc. With this book, however, I found myself plugging my headphones into my phone at night when I was going to bed, snuggling under the covers with my toy poodle, Max, for company, and listening to the author's gruff but not unpleasant voice take me on the disturbing journey of demonic discovery with Father Damien. In the dark, with only Max for reassurance, the Exorcist proved an unnerving, albeit entertaining, experience.

    This is a great read...or should I say...listen!

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    Dan Phila, PA, United States 09-17-12
    Dan Phila, PA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "Movie played in my head while listening"
    If you could sum up The Exorcist in three words, what would they be?

    Scary as ever


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

    The head twist always got me!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To many to name


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I need a old priest and a Young Priest.. Are you kidding me?


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a classic! I've seen the movie so many times I could probably tell the story from memory! With this said it was refreshing to hear it read unabridged to me and close my eyes making my own images in my mind.

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    Virginia Laguna Woods, CA, United States 02-12-12
    Virginia Laguna Woods, CA, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2011
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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!

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    Michael BETHEL PARK, PA, United States 11-27-12
    Michael BETHEL PARK, PA, United States 11-27-12
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    "I really enjoyed this book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Exorcist the most enjoyable?

    After watching the movie plenty of times, thanks to audible I finally got to read the book. I really enjoyed it. The author ( William Peter Blatty ) reads his own book and although he wasn't the best reader the experience was enjoyable. I gave it 4 stars and would have given it 5 if the book was narrated by a better reader.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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