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Summary

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.

Critic reviews

"A fascinating and frightening book." ( Los Angeles Times)
"This book will scare the hell out of you." ( Kansas City Times)

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  • 02-06-19

Hmmm

Well-narrated but the book itself is tiresome rather than frightsome. Often it feels like ten hours of a man running round his house in the dark closing windows which have spookily opened themselves. The style aims at authoritative reportage but none of it feels real and I never engaged with any of the characters in it. It's like a written account of every bad horror film you've ever seen - unsurprising since it inspired a bunch of them.

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i really enjoyed this book, its well worth a listen if you like the paranormal.

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a real chiller<br />

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..

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Loved this book!

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my favourite audio book so far

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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!

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Awesome

Awesome and very interesting i believe everything happened in that house. ghosta and demons are REAL.

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horrible narration

I literally could not get past the first 10 seconds of this book. The narration is so wooden.

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ENjoyable nonsense

This really isn't scary in the slightest and it's difficult to believe anyone took it seriously, but it's an easy listen, well performed and pretty fun.

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OK but a bit unbelievable.

A fairly good reading although I am dubious of the subject matter. It's in the Plus catalogue (at time of listening) so it's worth a listen if you have a interest in this book.

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factual therefore not as gripping as fiction

This was fine but more factual than fascinating, got a little bogged down in the semantics occasionally but interesting overall.

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Really good

Good story telling and i got hocked from the start to the finish... Its just so intresting

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  • steve
  • 02-11-12

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….

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  • toromei
  • 03-11-14

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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  • Laura
  • 17-06-13

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!

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  • RipperX
  • 05-10-20

Silliest thing I ever heard

This story is absolute Dixon (admitted by DeFeo's lawyer who was hoping for a retrial when he helped come up with it).The language is passive and the premise is just silly.
The house was built on an unconsecrated Indian burial ground... Which was also where they put their mentally ill and terminally ill... Oh! And a Satanist from Salem lived there and was buried in the lit. Oh! And the wife is clairvoyant. OH! The catholic church supports science and never sends out exorcists. I forget what all else. None of the "facts" presented were accurate (the tribe mentioned want even from that area and no confirmed satanic activity was ever performed in the historical Salem).

Reading between the lines, you see a dysfunctional family that bought a house the couldn't afford and started falling apart conveniently when the IRS looked at George's business...which he sold off as soon as he could given that he was running it into the ground.

It's just silly that anyone buys into this story.

The reader was fairly good but seemed bored by the whole thing...i don't blame him. I zoned out several times.

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  • 02-02-17

boring

that was incredibly boring, I kept wondering when it was going to pick up and then it just ended

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  • JRM
  • 26-01-13

Maybe, Maybe Not

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amityville Horror?

The sick priest and all that befell the colleagues who tried to help him.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Absolutely. The narrator brings you into the events like reading alone never could.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I think I managed it in 4 or 5.

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  • S. Smail
  • 14-12-13

True story? Fiction? Whatever, it's awesome.

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's not the best but it's somewhere between the middle and the best. It's a very well done book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amityville Horror?

Probably the general existence of the red room. I want to know more about that!

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

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.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That pigs can be creepy? I'm not sure if that counts.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • daniel
  • 18-04-12

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.

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  • Andrew York
  • 19-01-15

Great performance on a horror classic.

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you could give The Amityville Horror a new subtitle, what would it be?

Don't buy a house that was the site of a mass murder, not matter how good the price is.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 25-02-15

Tame listen but not bad

I know this book is based on a true story, maybe, but it has been retold so many times that the liberties Hollywood takes makes this story much more exciting. I enjoyed hearing the truer accounts and while I enjoyed the book as it kept me wanting to keep listening, I did find it as the more pg-13 version of the story.

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