The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty audiobook

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

By William Peter Blatty
Read by William Peter Blatty  

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780061007224
12.86 Hours Unabridged
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Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying. Two years after its publication, The Exorcist was, of course, turned into a wildly popular motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. On opening day of the film, lines of the novel’s fans stretched around city blocks. In Chicago, frustrated moviegoers used a battering ram to gain entry through the double side doors of a theater. In Kansas City, police used tear gas to disperse an impatient crowd who tried to force their way into a cinema. The three major television networks carried footage of these events; CBS’s Walter Cronkite devoted almost ten minutes to the story. The Exorcist was, and is, more than just a novel and a film: it is a true landmark. Purposefully raw and profane, The Exorcist still has the extraordinary ability to disturb readers and cause them to forget that it is “just a story.” Published here in this beautiful fortieth anniversary edition, it remains an unforgettable reading experience and will continue to shock and frighten a new generation of readers.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.

Two years after its publication, The Exorcist was, of course, turned into a wildly popular motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. On opening day of the film, lines of the novel’s fans stretched around city blocks. In Chicago, frustrated moviegoers used a battering ram to gain entry through the double side doors of a theater. In Kansas City, police used tear gas to disperse an impatient crowd who tried to force their way into a cinema. The three major television networks carried footage of these events; CBS’s Walter Cronkite devoted almost ten minutes to the story. The Exorcist was, and is, more than just a novel and a film: it is a true landmark.

Purposefully raw and profane, The Exorcist still has the extraordinary ability to disturb readers and cause them to forget that it is “just a story.” Published here in this beautiful fortieth anniversary edition, it remains an unforgettable reading experience and will continue to shock and frighten a new generation of readers.

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.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Horror
Runtime: 12.86
Audience: Adult
Language: English