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
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.
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.
It barrels along at a great pace, and I seem to get so much out of it every time I read it.
Any of the gripping dialogue exchanges between the demon/Regan and Father Karras.
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).
A fantastic performance (not just 'reading aloud') of a brilliant book, I will listen to this again.
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.
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.
I would. The author's reading was excellent.
Burke Dennings. Obscene, funny, and tragic.
Blatty does every character well. But his voice seems particularly well suited to the weariness and wisdom of Father Merrin.
"Another remake of an almost perfect classic film. I shouldn't have, but I did."
I needn't go into too much depth about the story beyond the fact that the novel excels to the extent of, and in my opinion beyond, the film.
That is only a part of what makes this audiobook so enjoyable, however. The most beautiful thing about it is that, for once, we have an author who can narrate their work with depth, clarity and understanding. All too often I have been the victim of authors who mistakenly believe that they are qualified to read aloud their own work, only to spoil their own prose with audible ineptitude. Not so with Mr Blatty, and that is saying something when born of my picky British ears. In short: bravo, on all counts.
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