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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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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Shinn 07/01/2018
    Matt Shinn 07/01/2018
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    "William Peter Blatty as the author and narrator"

    Blatty encapsulates the whole mood of this book and his distinctive voice is perfect. I loved every minute.

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    A. H. Carter London 19/12/2017
    A. H. Carter London 19/12/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Emotional "

    This is not horror in my book. Just sheer emotional drama. heart wrenching for a parent but extremely satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pongwiffy1991 19/12/2017
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    "loved it "

    The narrator really brings the story alive by changing his voice for each character. brilliant story.

    1 of 1 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "The exorcist"

    One ace book had me creeped out all the way would love to read more of this types of books

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    "chilling and gripping "

    chilling and gripping a very good read could not put it down a very addictive book

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    Floey2hats On the dance floor 17/12/2017
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"

    So brilliant to have WPB read his own novel, in full with all the intonation and meaning laid bare. Such a beautiful book at times and yet true horror and despair running through it. Sometimes on the same page. RIP Mr Blatty.

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    M-Dog 08/12/2017
    M-Dog 08/12/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "glad I listened to the book"

    Enjoyable book if you like demonic possession stuff. I really liked the orator I felt he really brought the story to life.

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