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The Exorcist Audiobook

The Exorcist

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Publisher's Summary

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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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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    R. Cox Bristol, UK 30/08/2016
    R. Cox Bristol, UK 30/08/2016 Member Since 2014

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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 2016
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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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    Amazon Customer uk 10/06/2016
    Amazon Customer uk 10/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "so so for film that was banned from this book"

    though I was listening to columbo to be honest quiet disappointed that it didnt really get into the story till almost the end. with all the hype of the film you would have expexted more

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    Phil Hare 23/04/2016
    Phil Hare 23/04/2016
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    "An outstanding surprise"

    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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    sarahmoose2000 04/08/2015
    sarahmoose2000 04/08/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Medicine or Religion?"

    I enjoyed this, the fuss over the film had made this into a "must-see" as a child, needing to see a banned film; but I remember the re-release not being that great.

    The book however was much better. I particularly enjoyed the dual role that Damian had to play, being both a psychiatrist and a priest. How far do you keep believing something is scientifically/medically based before you can accept that maybe, just maybe, someone's possessed?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United Kingdom 29/06/2015
    Amazon Customer United Kingdom 29/06/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    One of my favourite films and books..... Loved the fact the author read it.... Definitely worth the buy..... One I will come back to time and again .

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    S Dickens 16/03/2015
    S Dickens 16/03/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic horror book, wonderfully read."

    A great story, very compelling. Will scare the pants off you. Well read by the author.

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    John Burke 12/03/2015
    John Burke 12/03/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "beyond excellent"

    Narrated soulfully by William Peter Blatty.
    The Exorcist has been my lifelong obsession and this 40th Anniversary book/audio really echo's the 'Crucible of Karass beautifully

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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