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The Exorcist Audiobook

The Exorcist

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Father Damien Karras: 'Where is Regan?' Regan MacNeil: 'In here. With us.'

The terror begins unobtrusively. Noises in the attic. In the child's room, an odd smell, the displacement of furniture, an icy chill. At first, easy explanations are offered. Then frightening changes begin to appear in eleven-year-old Regan. Medical tests fail to shed any light on her symptoms, but it is as if a different personality has invaded her body.

Father Damien Karras, a Jesuit priest, is called in. Is it possible that a demonic presence has possessed the child? Exorcism seems to be the only answer...

First published in 1971, The Exorcist became a literary phenomenon and inspired one of the most shocking films ever made. Freshly polished and expanded by the author, including new dialogue, a new character and a chilling new extended scene, this unique fortieth anniversary edition provides an unforgettable reading experience that has lost none of its power to shock - and is poised to terrify a new generation of readers.

©2011 William Peter Blatty 1971 (P)2011 Harper Audio 2011, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks

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    jennifer alfreton, United Kingdom 17/01/2015
    jennifer alfreton, United Kingdom 17/01/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "The Exorcist"

    Well this as always been one of my favourite films, so when the book came on audio I was made up. This was a fantastic listen with the narrator just making it with the horrible demon voice that gave me goose bumps 10 out of 10 for this fantastic narrator. When I finished the book I went out to buy the dvd and was very surprised to find how both were very similar .
    If you enjoyed the film you will love the book.

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    Kindle Customer Scotland 12/04/2017
    Kindle Customer Scotland 12/04/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "it's horror is undiminished"

    This is probably the most terrifying book I've ever read, and I'm not even religious.

    First off, this is an excellent production. I'm not always a fan of the author reading their own work, but Blatty's moody, gravelly voice not only perfectly evokes the content and characters, but also the smoggy, cigarette-ash torpor of the period, when the Vietnam war was still on, the optimistic peace movement had basically ended with the Manson murders, and it was all too easy to believe Satan or some evil force really was taking hold in the world.

    The novel might be forever overshadowed by the film, but there are certain things that give the book an advantage. One thing is the slow burn: the horror develops gradually, increasing the tension largely by suggestion at first. A big part of this is doubt. A priest experiencing a crisis of faith is a central character, and the ritual of exorcism requires that medical and psychological explanations be exhausted first, so much of the novel painstakingly examines the poor girl's symptoms, searching for a rational explanation. Another is the description of smells and odours, which the film can't do. This really brings home the assault on all five senses and the bestial degradation that is so horrific.

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    Amazon Customer Cardiff, Wales 02/02/2015
    Amazon Customer Cardiff, Wales 02/02/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic performance of an amazing story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Exorcist to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I think I would. It's my favourite book and the title I've read most often, but to hear the author, William Peter Blatty, perform the story so well, I got the impression that he could be a frustrated actor! Very well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It barrels along at a great pace, and I seem to get so much out of it every time I read it.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Any of the gripping dialogue exchanges between the demon/Regan and Father Karras.


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

    I think the compassion in the story really came through at the end this time, much more so than when I've read it in the past/watched the movie (which I also love).


    Any additional comments?

    A fantastic performance (not just 'reading aloud') of a brilliant book, I will listen to this again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Saofanatic 16/06/2017
    Saofanatic 16/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "exeptional"

    a must listen to for any horror fan.. so much better than the film was very pleased with this

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    Leicester 04/03/2017
    Leicester 04/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A classic"

    Beyond doubt, one of the best horror novels ever. Stands alone, scary, scary, scary. T

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    K. 04/02/2017
    K. 04/02/2017
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    "Phenomenal"

    I have to say I wasn't really looking forward to branching out and reading other authors after 30 or so straight books by King but wow, this was fantastic. All of the characters felt genuine, the narrator (the author himself) was utterly fantastic! Would not recommend listening to on a night shift however, unsettled me like nothing else ever has.

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    ColonelJames 15/01/2017
    ColonelJames 15/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A great novel and a moving performance."
    Would you listen to The Exorcist again? Why?

    I would. The author's reading was excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Burke Dennings. Obscene, funny, and tragic.


    Which character – as performed by William Peter Blatty – was your favourite?

    Blatty does every character well. But his voice seems particularly well suited to the weariness and wisdom of Father Merrin.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Another remake of an almost perfect classic film. I shouldn't have, but I did."


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    Woosy 05/12/2016
    Woosy 05/12/2016 Member Since 2015

    fabulously flawed

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    "Great read"

    Wish I'd known about the book sooner. Fills in a lot of gaps the film misses out and love the backstory behind the housekeepers.

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    R. Cox Bristol, UK 30/08/2016
    R. Cox Bristol, UK 30/08/2016

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    "Best yet!"

    Phenomenal story read with real intensity - superb! Always enjoy Audible whilst driving but this was by far the most involving storytelling yet, perfect.

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    Gerard 27/08/2016
    Gerard 27/08/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliant"

    scary, and so dark. such a great story, brilliantly read by the author. best audiobook I've heard in ages.

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