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Publisher's Summary

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up.

Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror.

This is the spellbinding, best-selling, true story that gripped the nation - the story of a house possessed by evil spirits, haunted by psychic phenomena almost too terrible to describe.

Jay Anson began as a copy boy on the New York Evening Journal in 1937 and later worked in advertising and publicity. With more than 500 documentary scripts for television to his credit, he was associated with Professional Films, Inc. He died in 1980.

©1977 Jay Anson; published in arrangement with Lesia Anson (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A fascinating and frightening book." (Los Angeles Times)
"This book will scare the hell out of you." (Kansas City Times)

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 11-02-12

So good, it’s scary.

I was never a big fan of the movie but I have to admit, this book scared the hell out of me. Very intense and spooky. In addition, the narrator keeps the listener on the edge of their seat with every word. If looking for a horror book, look no further! Great stuff….

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Ditto, Flavius

If it was true, it would be scary. It is written as if it is true, yet you know it is not. I have read plenty of made up stories that were scary, see: J.A. Konrath, Stephen King, Blake Crouch or Dean Koontz.
How many times do you have to find your wife floating out the window before you leave the house? For this guy it was more then once. It was very convenient that no one had to go work. Are all priests this big of a coward? What kind of parent subjects their three kids to this for so long?

You want scary seek out the authors listed above.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • Montgomery Village, MD, United States
  • 06-17-13

Winning author and narrator pair!

Not at all comfortable with horror but decided to give this book a listen even if I had to stop and delete it because I became terrified.
Well-researched book read by a perfect narrator. If I could, I'd abduct this narrator and drop him into nearly every book I've ever read.
HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Maybe, Maybe Not

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was a fast, creepy read. The happenings at the Amityville house have been hotly debated for many years, but I couldn't care less. I loved it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amityville Horror?

The sick priest and all that befell the colleagues who tried to help him.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Absolutely. The narrator brings you into the events like reading alone never could.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I think I managed it in 4 or 5.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • brenty
  • United States
  • 11-03-14

Solid and unsettling

It's hard to say for certain since I never read the text myself, but I felt like the writing was a bit dry.

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the narration here. It gave me a sense of the steady escalation of horror experienced by those in the house. It was eerie in the methodical terrorizing of family and visitors. Like they must have, I felt like maybe it wasn't really happening -- as if maybe it was all just a misinterpretation of events as they slowly unfolded.

"The devil's best trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist!" - Baudelaire

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  • daniel
  • Hamlin, WV, United States
  • 04-18-12

Better then the movie or at least the remake

Whether it really happed or not doesn't change the fact its a pretty good story. I like the style the novel was written in. Anson calls it a documentry not so sure about that but its a good story. Some parts gave me chills and made the book well worth the credit.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Smail
  • Summerville, SC United States
  • 12-14-13

True story? Fiction? Whatever, it's awesome.

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's not the best but it's somewhere between the middle and the best. It's a very well done book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amityville Horror?

Probably the general existence of the red room. I want to know more about that!

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

There wasn't anything I didn't like. For some reason I feel like whenever he read the new chapter titles he sounded really creepy. Maybe it had to do with me being caught up in the story, but either way I loved it.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That pigs can be creepy? I'm not sure if that counts.

Any additional comments?

I know that this story is a controversial one, and that people will probably be debating whether it's true or not forever. Personally, I don't care. Enough of it rings of truth that I could believe it, even though at times I found myself thinking that little parts just seemed way too weird. (Hoof prints in the snow? That's bizarre, but it creeped me out.) Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good horror story. Don't get hung up on whether it's true or not.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Flavius
  • Morro Bay, CA, United States
  • 04-02-11

Surprisingly Disappointing

I was excited to listen to "Amityville" because I'd read a small portion of the book as a child, and seen enough of the movies to know what kind of haunted house book this would be--much more "active" than the classic haunted house. In this, the book does not disappoint--there's a good deal of creepy, even scary stuff. I enjoyed that aspect of the book, and there is a great deal of it.

However, the book suffers from trying to portray itself as "true." The writing is detached and investigatory, which would work better if were truly reporting, but as some of the subject matter deals with intimate or personal events which do not bear directly on the ostensibly documentary elements of the story, it doesn't work. Partly because of this "distant" style, the individual members of the Lutz Family aren't remotely realized as characters. Moreover, there's something 'wrong' about them, something that not only doesn't ring true in their characterization, but also in their basic humanity. There's very little likable about these characters beyond that they are also of our species.

The book has a few high points, but I left feeling a bit cheated.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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A wonderful classic that is a must read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, its a wonderfully scary book that is definitely in the top one hundred horror books to read before you die!

What did you like best about this story?

The suspense is was suspenseful from the very first page to the last.

Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes he did a very good job and his voice added to the suspense and tension with each character.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The constant reminder that it was based on a true story and the character in the book were real people.

Any additional comments?

A great listen and is short so if you want it for a short trip or just a quick listen its perfect! Especially around Halloween!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great performance on a horror classic.

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle- it definitely is not life-changing literature, and you do not really grow from reading the book (unless your house is haunted?). However, it was definitely a quick and fun read, and it gives you context to some of the true elements of the book, such as the DeFeo murders and the 28 day stint of the Lutz family. It is up to you to decide what else to believe.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good narrator and I would definitely listen to other books he has narrated. He gave the narration a "60 Minutes" vibe that made the book that much more believable.

If you could give The Amityville Horror a new subtitle, what would it be?

Don't buy a house that was the site of a mass murder, not matter how good the price is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Griff.81
  • 02-12-12

good

i really enjoyed this book, its well worth a listen if you like the paranormal.

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  • Tony O
  • 12-28-15

a real chiller<br />

a very thought provoking and compelling story..surprising powerful in its effects.well delivered by the narrator Highly recommended but maybe not for those of a nervous disposition..

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  • K. Harvey
  • 11-08-15

Loved this book!

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my favourite audio book so far

Any additional comments?

I haven't seen the film and a friend recommended this audio book. I really liked the narrator and thought his voice suited the story well.<br/><br/>I listen to audio books in the car and could wait to finish my appointment to get back in the car to pick up the story again.<br/><br/>If the account t is true then I cannot understand why the family stayed in the house so long at put their kids at risk. The first occurrence would have had me running for the hills!

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  • shane
  • 04-28-15

Awesome

Awesome and very interesting i believe everything happened in that house. ghosta and demons are REAL.

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  • Mat
  • 05-21-17

A little samey.

Overall the story is good but I did find myself a little bored at times as similar things happen over and over again and usually don't have much pay off. Since it's meant to be grounded in "fact" that sort of makes sense but having seen the film interpretation I found this less engaging. Of course the film takes huge liberties with the source material and was written to entertain the masses so this also makes sense. Performer was great often sounding a little like Ray Standz from the Real Ghost busters which was fun.

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  • raditia najmi fathurrahman
  • 12-31-16

voice actor

better use different voice actor for each character. it can give a more in depth feeling of the story

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  • Woosy
  • 12-13-16

A bit boring

Whether it's because I've seen the film, I found this rather dull and boring. It sounds more like someone is reading an article from a newspaper. I wouldn't say this is a novel at all.

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  • Thomas
  • 07-23-16

A competent and solid reading of a horror classic.

All disparaging remarks about "the horror" aside. Blackstone Audio squarely strikes the iron with this near flawless narration of a time tested classic of the genre.

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  • sophie
  • 05-05-16

brilliant

Great story. Couldnt turn it off. Completed in 4 days. Great narrating from ray porter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-15

A version of events

As one might expect this does not serve as proof of the phenomenon at the Lutz home, but it was an interesting reciting of the story. I enjoyed listening to it, the narration was done well.

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  • rosewart
  • 10-27-16

What should have been a wonderful scare...

Has been a major disappointment.
The narration by Ray Porter was so void of voice expression that I actually could not finish listening to the first chapter.
In fact I go further to say that a computer generated voice would have more expression.

I love this story. I first read it over 35 years ago. This narration has stripped it of all the scariness that the book is famous for.

Excessively disappointed. If I had have been able to get a refund I would.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rheannen
  • 04-14-16

Less of a non-fiction - more of a good horror story

I came into this with a fairly open mind as to what happened at Amityville. At this stage I feel relatively unconvinced but entertained by a good story nonetheless.
The writing style of the book doesn't lend itself well to the non fiction category it's in, told in a very subjective first person way. It is an interesting and enjoyable story, however, I found the reading of this story overly dramatic at times.
Overall I enjoyed but am not convinced of it as a nonfiction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful