The Amityville Horror

By: Jay Anson
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,837 ratings)

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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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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….

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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!

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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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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.

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Murder for profit profited on by scam artists

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This is a thoroughly debunked tale sold as a true story. An actual murder was used by the scam artists behind this book, clearly using the popularity of the Excorcist film released in 1973, to sell a haunted house story. Even if you don't research the facts, the human reactions to supernatural events in this book are completely unrealistic. "Hey, unseen hands keep grabbing me & I saw a pig head in my kids room... Hmmmm, I wonder if something is wrong with the house? ... Nah!"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tame listen but not bad

I know this book is based on a true story, maybe, but it has been retold so many times that the liberties Hollywood takes makes this story much more exciting. I enjoyed hearing the truer accounts and while I enjoyed the book as it kept me wanting to keep listening, I did find it as the more pg-13 version of the story.

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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!

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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

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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.

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.

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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  • DM
  • 06-02-19

Hmmm

Well-narrated but the book itself is tiresome rather than frightsome. Often it feels like ten hours of a man running round his house in the dark closing windows which have spookily opened themselves. The style aims at authoritative reportage but none of it feels real and I never engaged with any of the characters in it. It's like a written account of every bad horror film you've ever seen - unsurprising since it inspired a bunch of them.

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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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  • Indre
  • 07-12-20

wonderful

truly loved this book, didn't know much of the story only watched a horror movie, but it was a good book and I would recommend it to somebody who like horror type of stories

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  • Goth Cougar
  • 03-27-20

An interesting listen

I have been hearing all about the Amityville house for as long as I can remember. I listened to this audiobook more out of curiosity even though I have found out that this whole event was probably a massive hoax. It was still an interesting listen nonetheless as it always good to hear all sides of a story.

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  • Rose
  • 01-21-18

As gripping as possession

I loved this book. From start to finish it gets to the point. It doesn’t preach or attempt to sway opinion. It simply states the fact as presented to the author by those involved including independent witnesses to the amitybille horror. It tells the truth with no exaggerations and dispenses wwith all the sensationalism of Hollywood movies made on the subject. it’s harrowing and scary. I’m not a believer and this book has not altered my point of view but still, if you want horror without the pornographic bedtime thrills of stephen king which is in bad taste a the best of times then try this one. At least Jl ansen doesn’t have a background in Playboy and doesn’t write rubbish to entertain the masses as King does. That’s just my opinion mind, I know some people like King and that’s good for them bu I prefer my horror straight and not some girlie magazine article trying not to be and this fits the bill, hits the spot as it were.

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  • Manda N
  • 01-16-18

A classic in its own hoax like way........

So this is the novel which it is well known now was a great hoax undertaken by the family at the time. It’s brilliant fun to listen to though even knowing the more recent facts about what actually happened in the house. The back story is even more interesting I think that the actual hoax but this is definately worth a listen and it’s a good presentation too.

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  • Steve
  • 12-27-17

The amityville horror

I have loved reading these book as I am a strong believer of hurntings it is a very good reed

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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.

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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.

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