The Exorcist

  • by William Peter Blatty
  • Narrated by William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
  • 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Terrifying...

I listened to this book while my wife was out of town. Bad idea. I slept with the lights on the whole weekend. I'm 35.

The author does an unusually phenomenal job of narration, I wish he'd only been a more prolific writer I'd love to hear more of his work and his narration. The book took me to a darker place than I remember when i saw the movie for the first time 15 years ago.

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- Kenneth

11 in 13...

This wasn’t at all what I was expecting after reading all the positive reviews. I’m not sure if the standards about what constitutes “horror” have changed drastically in the last 40 years, or if I’m not refined enough to appreciate what many people seem to consider a classic. I listened to this in the evenings before going to sleep and instead of giving me the creeps all it gave me was a strong sedative effect.

In a nutshell, it takes 6 hours of exceptionally mundane back story before someone finally gets around to suggesting that an exorcism might be an option, then another 5 to get around to the actual exorcism. That’s ELEVEN HOURS of a THIRTEEN hour listen before you get to the point of the book. This irritated me so much I feel like restating it just for emphasis... ELEVEN HOURS OF A THIRTEEN HOUR LISTEN. By that point I had lost nearly all interest in the book. I was only sticking it out in the hopes that there would be some awesome pay off in the end to reward my persistence… there wasn’t.

Overall Mr. Blatty’s reading was low and monotone with sporadic bits of excitement here and there and lacked the range that might have made the story a little easier to listen to. With the exception of Kinderman, Dennings, and the demon all the other characters sounded very similar. This was most obvious when he didn’t adopt a more feminine tone when reading Chris MacNeil’s parts. If my attention drifted (easy to do with this one), it took a few lines to figure out who was supposed to be speaking once I focused back in. This was completely unnecessary as a female narrator was also credited but only read a few lines near the end as a child’s voice.

Skip it, please… ELEVEN hours of set up isn’t worth the climactic scene.

Now I know what you’re thinking, mine is one dissenting opinion against an overwhelming positively reviewed book so you may as well get it; odds look pretty promising you’ll like it.

Seriously though… skip it.
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- Brad B.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio