The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (Audiobook)
Published: October 4, 2001
Listening Length: 12 hours 51 minutes
Narrator: William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I purchased this book on Audible.
William Peter Blatty is the bestselling author of The Exorcist, which he turned into an Academy Award-winning screenplay. The son of immigrant parents, he was a comic novelist before embarking on a four-decade career as a Hollywood writer, penning the screenplays for A Shot in the Dark, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, the Julie Andrews romantic comedy Darling Lili, and The Ninth Configuration (which he also directed), among many other films. A graduate of Georgetown University, he lives with his wife, Julie, in Bethesda, Maryland.
“My heart has a wish: that you would not go.”
This was the scariest book I’ve ever listened to. I’ve seen the movie, and to this day, it terrifies me. I’ve always wanted to read the book but never had.
On a day when I had no podcasts to listen to, this was the only audiobook that was already downloaded, so I pressed play. Whew.
I listened to this in my car and while at my desk at work. There were several times my boss accidentally ended up startling me.
I had to take several listening breaks when things got intense, but this was a well-done novel, and the audio is fantastic.
William Blatty did a phenomenal job narrating this novel. There was something extra having the author, the brain behind this story, record it. Blatty performed beautifully.
I usually don’t particularly appreciate being read to, but between the contents of this novel and the method in which it was performed, I couldn’t stop. When I finished this book, I just sat staring at the wall for several moments.
This is such a terrifying story. The film is scary, but the book is so much scarier! I think every horror fan needs to give this novel a read (or listen) at some point.
If you listen at work- just be cautious. Anyone walking into your office while you’re listening to an exorcism will scare the daylights out of you.