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The Exorcist Audiobook

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

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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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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 10-01-12
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrifying..."

    I listened to this book while my wife was out of town. Bad idea. I slept with the lights on the whole weekend. I'm 35.

    The author does an unusually phenomenal job of narration, I wish he'd only been a more prolific writer I'd love to hear more of his work and his narration. The book took me to a darker place than I remember when i saw the movie for the first time 15 years ago.

    83 of 88 people found this review helpful
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    Brad B. United States 03-29-17
    Brad B. United States 03-29-17 Member Since 2017

    "Do what you can with what you have, wherever you are."

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    "11 in 13..."

    This wasn’t at all what I was expecting after reading all the positive reviews. I’m not sure if the standards about what constitutes “horror” have changed drastically in the last 40 years, or if I’m not refined enough to appreciate what many people seem to consider a classic. I listened to this in the evenings before going to sleep and instead of giving me the creeps all it gave me was a strong sedative effect.

    In a nutshell, it takes 6 hours of exceptionally mundane back story before someone finally gets around to suggesting that an exorcism might be an option, then another 5 to get around to the actual exorcism. That’s ELEVEN HOURS of a THIRTEEN hour listen before you get to the point of the book. This irritated me so much I feel like restating it just for emphasis... ELEVEN HOURS OF A THIRTEEN HOUR LISTEN. By that point I had lost nearly all interest in the book. I was only sticking it out in the hopes that there would be some awesome pay off in the end to reward my persistence… there wasn’t.

    Overall Mr. Blatty’s reading was low and monotone with sporadic bits of excitement here and there and lacked the range that might have made the story a little easier to listen to. With the exception of Kinderman, Dennings, and the demon all the other characters sounded very similar. This was most obvious when he didn’t adopt a more feminine tone when reading Chris MacNeil’s parts. If my attention drifted (easy to do with this one), it took a few lines to figure out who was supposed to be speaking once I focused back in. This was completely unnecessary as a female narrator was also credited but only read a few lines near the end as a child’s voice.

    Skip it, please… ELEVEN hours of set up isn’t worth the climactic scene.

    Now I know what you’re thinking, mine is one dissenting opinion against an overwhelming positively reviewed book so you may as well get it; odds look pretty promising you’ll like it.

    Seriously though… skip it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-19-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Don't pass this one up. Enthralling."

    I know we all have our Exorcist movie experiences. The movie came out my senior year in high school and even Time Magazine gave it a huge exposé and for years most of us think of it as a mortifyingly realistic horror story. It is much, much more than this.

    This book, especially this audible version read by its author, is a masterpiece of tragedy and mystery. My favorite character is Kinderman, the old, Columbo type detective. He provides the comic relief during the horror, reminding us there is a normal world carrying on during the possession.

    I like that the story reveals the priests as professional, human and loyal to the Church whether their faith is weak or strong. And how accurate he is regarding the Church's official teachings and history. The great emphasis the Church places on science and truth. Finally, how clever he reveals shame and guilt as the powerful entities they truly are.

    A couple of interesting notes if you are interested. You can listen at 1.5 x speed and lose none of the emotional content. Years ago I purchased the director's cut of the movie and watched the version with the director explaining all the shots and angles and just what he was wanting the audience to understand. It was then I grasped the depth of the story.

    This is an easy 5 star experience.

    45 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 03-16-15 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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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.

    51 of 56 people found this review helpful
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    karen 03-15-15
    karen 03-15-15
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    "Wow! Who knew?"

    I'd never read the book -- I did see the film, of course, but now, decades later, I remembered only two scenes, probably the same ones you remember. But this is a fine novel by any standard -- much more complex and nuanced that I ever expected. Back then, I guess I was too engrossed in the green puke and turning heads to realize that there was a real story here, and a good one. The struggles of Father Damien are really touching. Quite a story.

    But really, what made this book among my favorites -- and yes, I will listen to this one again -- is the author's narration. I actually had to go look, to see if William Peter Blatty had acting experience in his background -- and no, apparently not, but wow. He's seriously talented -- famed as a scriptwriter, director and novelist, but apparently he stayed on the other side of the camera. But Blatty as narrator is absolutely excellent -- one of the best narrations of anything I've ever heard. He manages the Irish brogues, the Brooklyn cant, the whole panoply of DC accents with aplomb, worth a listen for that alone, see how a master really interprets a novel. The whole thing, every scene, just comes alive.

    Not to be missed, this one.

    33 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 04-28-17
    Adam 04-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Tedious with Bits of True Horror Mixed In"
    What disappointed you about The Exorcist?

    It had its moments but took too long getting to them. Certain sections were hard to get through but I could see how at the time it was written it would have been very tense to read.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was scary at points in time.


    Any additional comments?

    I might recommend skipping this if you are tight on credits.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Reademandweep 11-01-16 Member Since 2017

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "? I'm confused about the positive reviews!"

    I'm confused by a few things. For one thing I can't believe the positive reviews. What am I missing? The reader is soooo slooooow and speaks in such monotone that it's painful. Why oh why do Writer's read their own books? It's an insult.
    Also painful is the rambling on and on about a multitude of random thoughts that have nothing to do with the story - but you don't know that - so you can't fast forward. It's torturous.
    I can't believe I'm saying this but the movie is better. Big disappointment..

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 10-05-12
    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 10-05-12
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    "Add 3 Hours&40 Years&Let Simmer Till Very Dark"

    Sometimes its great to be old. It is great to remember sitting in a packed house watching, "The Exorcist," when it was first released, even if it meant I had to sit their with my mother. Odd that "The Exorcist," should form some sort of consistent source of entertainment or inspiration, throughout my life, having read it in print a couple of times, having watched the film, in one form or another, at least once a year, since owning a film became a doable thing, I have listened to the original book, also read by the author, three or four times, and now I have had the great pleasure of listening to that same author, reading an updated and expanded version.
    Okay, so I have more than just a wee fascination with this story and this topic. I love Mia Farrow reading, "Rosemary's Baby," and I wish Audible offered Malachi Martin's, "Hostage to the Devil," and Thomas B. Allen's, "Possessed," a case study of an exorcism taken from a Jesuit's diary, and the case that "The Exorcist," is said to be based on.Well, they are not available, but what a treat it is, after all these years, to have a new version of "The Exorcist,", so easily available, and, best of all, read once again, by the author. I don't think there is a narrator out there who is any scarier sounding than William Peter Blatty. His voice has those dark, ominous tones, and the voice of the demon is, to my ears, anyway, always lurking. I guess that is why I did like having the young girl reading Regan's voice on the tape that her mom loans to Father Karras. I appreciate her pure, sweet voice, that contains nothing dark...not one shadow of Captain Howdy. It worked for me, as did the whole book.
    I think there are around three more hours in this version than the original audio book, and that time is divided up in expanded conversations and entirely new conversations and scenes, as well as more psychiatric descriptions and indecision, and more descriptions of the particulars of possession. If you are interested in the topic, you will probably find it as fascinating as I did. Personally, I love being able to hear what has been percolating inside William Peter Blatty's mind, , all these years. I appreciate Audible and the author making it possible. Thumbs up!!

    54 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    Lacy WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 10-10-16
    Lacy WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 10-10-16 Member Since 2012

    I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!

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    "Good story with too many details"

    I have actually seen "The Exorcist" several times so I was pretty impressed how well the movie followed the book. It was spot on except a few small detail changes. I will say, I wish that the book was as brief as the movie because I thought it was a little lengthy and too detailed!

    The actual story was good and interesting. I think what makes it so scary is that it's real! The story is loosely based off of a real case of demonic possession but a boy was possessed instead of a girl.

    I did have some difficulty getting through the book in a timely manner because there were periods where it was heavily detailed. At times, I would zone out and get lost because it would get overwhelming. I understand why William Peter Blatty went so detailed to show how things came to be but I don't think it was needed.

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    Michael Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-13-11
    Michael Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-13-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the dowload"

    Overall, I thought this was a great download. I tried to read the original, and thought it was a little slow after seeing the movie and being terrified. This audio version solved that. William Peter Blatty does a fantastic job! I agree with the other reviewer that his voice is made for narration. I too am leery of any author who reads their own work, but I can't imagine a better narrator.

    I was a little confused with the addition of the little girl voice three-quarters of the way through the book. It was disconcerting to hear after we have been hearing Blatty's voice for so long, but it really didn't make much sense to me since Blatty also does Regan's voice before the possession so suddenly hearing her as a little girl seemed unnecessary.

    Overall, a creepy, great autumn listen!

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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