The Exorcist

  • by William Peter Blatty
  • Narrated by Alexandra Mathie, Robert Glenister, full cast
  • 1 hrs and 53 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Robert Glenister and Ian McDiarmid star in a gripping BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of William Peter Blatty’s classic horror novel.
Summoned to a case of apparent possession, Father Karras is at first sceptical then horrified. The victim - a 12-year-old girl named Regan - seems to be controlled by a malignant supernatural force that makes her swear, blaspheme, scream in agony and perform appalling acts.
Attempting to find a rational explanation for the girl’s behaviour, Karras tries to talk to Regan only to find himself locking horns with the demon inside her head. Its many voices mock him, tormenting him with his weakness, doubts and buried guilt.
With his faith in God and humanity tested to the limit, Karras turns to the ultimate solution: exorcism....
The film version of The Exorcist is widely considered to be one of the most terrifying movies ever made. This new, full-cast radio drama is just as chilling, suspenseful and shocking while also retaining the depth and psychological complexity of Blatty’s original novel.
Adapted by Sony Award-winning dramatist Robert Forrest, it stars Robert Glenister as Karras, Alexandra Mathie as the Demon and Ian McDiarmid as Merrin.


What the Critics Say

"When a radio play is this good, the devil really is in the details." (Radio Times)


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more horror based audio dramas please

the negative reviews are wrong. this isnt perfect but it's a well made dramatization. it was creepy and interesting to listen to a horror based audio drama like this. I personally didn't find it scary at all but I didn't think the Exorcist movie was scary either.

the negative reviews complain about how it's hard to follow. if you pay attention it's really easy to understand what's going on. they also complain about the lack of a narrator describing everything. these negative reviewers don't seem to understand the difference between an audio book and an audio drama. I blame audible for this since they don't separate them into categories.

the acting was all mostly solid. the actress playing the demon while good didn't sound demonic. I kept hoping as the story progressed that the production team would alter her voice and make it deeper or something. they didn't.

the plot is a little different from the movie. I'm assuming that's because this is based on the book. I was dissapointed with the lack of focus on Father Karras' crisis of faith. you can tell he's struggling but it's not focused on. that's too bad cause from my understanding that was in the book (it's clearly in the movie) and it's what made the story so effective.

I hope the BBC does more horror audio dramas. I wish audible would make some.

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- Otter jesus

dont buy it

i I thought this was the original Exorcist bookcon does not comprar to the original book dont wasit your time or money.

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- Terry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2015
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd