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Author: William Peter Blatty Narrator: William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062125897

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Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon. 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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Quotes

  • “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

Awards

  • New York Times bestseller

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " If you're a fan of the 1974 film, then this is an outstanding book in my opinion! The author wrote the film's script and this book was read by the author also, which makes it so riveting hour by hour because he has a good sounding voice. With your vivid imagination and the great narrative, this audio book version makes that wonderful movie seem like a good frozen TV dinner in comparison. Not to say the film is bad, especial the great director's cut edition is so good, but it's as though a new super extended version of the movie is playing in your head as he reads to you. All the extra scenes and nuances bring so much more beautiful color, chills and detail to that work of art. "

    - Jonah Olivo, 11/10/2016
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Completely awesome. Just like the movie. One of my all time favorite horror books. Actually much better than the movie. "

    - Joy, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not as scary as it was the last time I read it. "

    - Tracy, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Bought this at the airport prior to a long plane journey. Despite having seen the film on several occasions I found this to be a compelling page-turner. The writing is literate and efficient and the central themes of humanity's struggle to find faith and hope when confronted by despair are subtly but powerfully conveyed. An excellent read. "

    - Matt, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Read it after having seen the film, so obviously I went in with preconceptions. Loved it though. Much scarier than I expected, and definitely one of my favourite horror books so far. "

    - Rebecca, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book far exceeds the movie on so many levels. You not only understand Reagan better but the demon itself is more in the forfront. "

    - Shae, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a frightening book, I read it as a teen and it scared the crap out of me, and it still has a deep downward spiral that sucks you in. Demonic possession at its finest, and unlike much horror, decently written. "

    - les, 1/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The demon possession is a secondary story. The Exorcist is actually about Damian Karras, a man who has lost his faith and must now somehow find it. I love this character. One of my favorite literary portraits of a man of he cloth. "

    - Lynette, 1/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was okay...The beginning was brilliant and interesting. But the end was really hard to read, beccause confusing. But all in all it was a good book. "

    - Xxjenniferxx, 10/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " i had seen the movie before reading the book and i love both of them. the movie put everything together alot better i thought but the book had an interesting background and was still a very good read. great scare! "

    - Susannah, 9/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book is somewhat different from the movie, which is nota bad thing. This disturbing look into demon possession is as chilling in print as it was on the silver screen. "

    - Larry, 5/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Decent, though rather heavy-handed in its imagery and some of the characters are unbelievable to the point of parody. A quick read. "

    - Joel, 11/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Never thought I would say this, but the movie is much better! "

    - Hema, 9/30/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The only book that has kept me awake at night when I wasn't reading it. "

    - Demian, 8/16/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I read this in one sitting as I was hooked from page one. I'd read many horror stories but this one was so real and I still hate attics even now. "

    - Gerald, 7/30/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I read this book in college at night before I went to bed. This was not a good idea because it was such a terrifying read that I had to sleep with the light on every night I was drawn into it. The book was much scarier than the movie. "

    - Alex, 7/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " a classic must read for horror fans "

    - Rob, 2/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The book was great, but the movie was so good, that for once, I have to say the movie was better. (This is extremely rare.) I definitely had nightmares for a while after the movie. "

    - Tanya, 2/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Read when I was still a young teenager and it became the 2nd most important reason I became a horror writer "

    - K., 1/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " kinda slow in spots but better than the movie "

    - Brittany, 11/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I think one needs to have been brought up Catholic, or at least Christian, for this book to be really effective. It's well enough written that I finished it, but when I was done I wasn't sure why I bothered. "

    - Lawrence, 11/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Exorcism rites is 16th century. This book makes you think twice about the revival and the journey to the so-called world of our own :D "

    - Dipa, 11/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Bone chilling spine tingling skin crawling horror at its best!!! Pzuzu is one mean son of a ***** .... the acts and thoughts of a malevolent spirit told in a shocking manner. Loved it. "

    - Shanawaz, 11/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Recently reread this one. Its about the priest, not the kid. A believable protrayal of Dr. Karras and his conflict and doubt. "

    - Sydney, 10/31/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Even better than the movie (of course), and surprisingly well written. I had very low expectations in that regard, but the whole thing was captivating. Disturbing, vulgar, and creepy, as well. Highly recommend, if you have the stomach for it. "

    - Callie, 10/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book scared the hell out of me. "

    - Matthew, 10/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very different from the movie (books always are, aren't they?) the movie obviously focused on the demon more--the book focused on building a case for the exorcism in the church. It was a good read. A little cheesy at times, but worth reading--especially around Halloween! "

    - Lauren, 10/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " My mom made me read this book when I was in 8th grade. Was she trying to put the fear of god in me? Dunno. It certainly scared the bejesus out of me, which led me on a reading spree of macabre fiction. "

    - Monica, 10/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " unbelievably well written, a beautiful piece of literature "

    - Chris, 10/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Amazing book it was really scary and thrilling i really do recremend this book to people who love horror =) "

    - Tatiana, 9/26/2011

About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Eliana Shaskan, a voice-over artist, has worked extensively in animation and narration. Among her numerous audiobook titles are The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty and the New York Times bestselling Pinkalicious series.