The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

By William Peter Blatty
Read by William Peter Blatty  

12.85 Hours 10/04/2011 unabridged
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Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty’s thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty’s thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There are not many readers who will be unmoved. Well researched, written in a literate style, The Exorcist is to most other books of its kind as an Einstein equation is to an accountant’s column of figures.” New York Times Sunday Book Review
“Chilling.” Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange
“I consumed The Exorcist as if it were a bottomless bag of popcorn.”   Life
“Immensely satisfying, it holds its readers in a vise-like grip that is worthy of Poe.”  Los Angeles Times
“Populated with unforgettable characters, The Exorcist overflows with intelligence and insight and you will read it, if you’re wise, with every light on in your house and every light on in your brain.”  L.A. Magazine

Reviews

Reviews

by Michael1 9/13/2017
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A Can't Miss Tale

A visceral experience, just as vivid as the movie that left so many people shaken after watching it. The Exorcist has always been one of my favorite horror movies, and I wanted to compare it to the book. It was just as jarring as the movie, but with more detail and extra bits that the movie cut for some reason or another. I opted for the audio version, read by Blatty himself. Very enjoyable considering the subject matter. One thing though . . . Detective Kinderman was way more irritating in the book. Other than than, a great read!
by Michael 9/13/2017
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Will scare your socks off.

Had to be the best scary book I have ever read. Just wish they would put the 2nd book on audio. The movie was nothing to the book and that's saying something because the movie put people in the hospital.
by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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Excellent on every level

To call this a "terrifying" novel I don't think actually does it justice. The prose is gorgeous and indeed can actually make you forget that you are listening to something deeply disturbing. William Peter Blatty, I think, is the right narrator for this ONLY in the fact that he has the same tired character vocal quality that Jason Miller had as Father Karras (this is a good thing). I revisit this book (or audio book) from time to time, more probably than any other book I (with the possible exception of some of Thomas Harris) and Blatty REALLY knows how to engage you with beautiful writing.

Author

Author Bio: William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty is a writer and filmmaker. The Exorcist, written in 1971, is his magnum opus; he also penned the subsequent screenplay, for which he won an Academy Award. His most recent works include the novels Elsewhere, Dimiter, and Crazy.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Horror
Runtime: 12.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English