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.
"A fascinating and frightening book." (Los Angeles Times)
"This book will scare the hell out of you." (Kansas City Times)
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..
This is my favourite audio book so far
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!
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.
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.
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.
Its a great book I couldnt turn it off
most of it
Well read and a good performance
Its pretty scary although i know most of it is probably fiction
"Maybe, Maybe Not"
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.
The sick priest and all that befell the colleagues who tried to help him.
Absolutely. The narrator brings you into the events like reading alone never could.
Yes, and I think I managed it in 4 or 5.
"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….
"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!
"True story? Fiction? Whatever, it's awesome."
It's not the best but it's somewhere between the middle and the best. It's a very well done book.
Probably the general existence of the red room. I want to know more about that!
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.
That pigs can be creepy? I'm not sure if that counts.
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.
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.
"A wonderful classic that is a must read"
Yes, its a wonderfully scary book that is definitely in the top one hundred horror books to read before you die!
The suspense is was suspenseful from the very first page to the last.
Yes he did a very good job and his voice added to the suspense and tension with each character.
The constant reminder that it was based on a true story and the character in the book were real people.
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!
"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.
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.
"Great performance on a horror classic."
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.
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.
Don't buy a house that was the site of a mass murder, not matter how good the price is.
"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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