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The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

Unabridged Audiobook

Date: October 2011

Duration: 12 hours 52 minutes


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.


  • Sabrina Salgado

    An amazing narration. This was my first audiobook. It gave me chills!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Martin T.

    I’ve seen the Exorcist many times over the years, but I really enjoyed listening to the book! The author did a miraculous job narrating it, and I could not put it down until I finished it! Fantastic!!

  • Anonymous

    wow! Book was great. Narrator really brought this book to life. As each chapter went on I found myself not wanting to take my headphones off. I can honestly say the book was so much more entertaining then then movie. the way everything is so detailed in describing each scene was awesome and had me pretty damn spooked. The Exorcist is horror champ hands down!

  • Jessica C.

    Scary but loved it

  • gaby t

    outstanding book Just as the movie, verry exiting

  • Shanna L

    The narration took this already creepy book to a whole other level. I didn't realize how close the movie stayed with the book, but it was a great listen!

  • Doreen Berarducci

    My first audio book, I picked this book over many others. I was seventeen years old when the movie premiered. I couldn't get in to see it, you had to be eighteen , and they checked I.D. I bought the book instead. It was the most chilling book I have ever read. The movie is my #1 favorite. The narration is superb, it made me feel like that seventeen year old, laying in bed with a small lamp to read by, jumping at every creak and groan in my childhood home . It was glorious to feel that sense of creepiness again. A unique book, a unique writer and a subject matter so impossible yet possible all the same. Not for everyone, but I do love a good scare.

  • Ronmel Aguilera

    There is tremendous narration in this book. It's beautiful! You've never heard narration so good. You'll never want to listen to another narration again, you'll be sick of it.

  • Robin Yeatman

    Superb job of narrating by William Peter Blatty. Thrilling and chilling.

  • Lizett McLoney

    I love the book. The narrator was amazing. This book doesn't get old.

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