'The Exorcist' by William Peter Blatty Mini-Review

The Exorcist by Stephen King‘The Exorcist’ is an epic horror story written by William Peter Blatty and made it to the silver screen back in the seventies (1973 to be exact). It was long marked as the horror movie and was highly ranked. Even up to the present day IMDB.com’s users give it a generous rating of 8 out of 10. The movie won 2 Oscars initially and got another subsequent 12 (different) awards in the years thereafter. Besides actual awards ‘The Exorcist’ also received a whopping total of 14 nominations. Feel free check out this extensive list over at IMDB. Some 34 years later, this movie is still a renowned success, be it a bit less spectacular when considering the special effects (one might even say it’s become a bit pathetic), by today’s standards. Nevertheless, provided you can appreciate the horror-genre, I would say it’s a must-see.

I started reading this book as biased as you must be right now, doubting whether I wouldn’t constantly be badgered by the artificial-looking special effects used in the original movie. It’s an honest assumption, but none of it applied.

  • Author: William Peter BlattyAudible
  • Narrator: William Peter Blatty
  • Publisher: Phoenix Audio
  • Year of publication: 1999
  • Audible Pricing USD: $25.20 (€17.48) or 1 credit
  • Running time: 10 hours and 33 minutes
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William Peter BlattyGood narration. The story kicks off with a gloomy musical score, accompanied by the amazingly apt narration of William Peter Blatty himself. Many writers throw a shot at narrating their own books and results vary. Some voices are just less appropriate for out-loud reading, I guess. Often times, their inability will tick you off and make you stop listening, while the book itself usually isn’t that bad. Blatty tells his story with stunning intonation and makes you feel there. After a few minutes, you’ll be convinced of the apparent authenticity of the story and you’ll be plunged in till the very end.

About the author at Wikipedia.

Storyline. I think it’s fair to say that the majority of the casual television-watching population has seen ‘The Exorcist’. Probably even more than once. So I needn’t describe the whole plot in grave detail, as I would usually do with book reviews…

The Exorcist PicChris McNeil is a successful Hollywood actor, lives in Georgetown and has a 12-year old daughter. One day, Regan (the daughter) became inexplicably ill. She began showing signs of some psychological disorder, diverting into multiple disorders and supernatural strength. Regan claimed she was the demon ‘Pazuzu’, and even the devil himself. An array of doctors and shrinks passed the revue, yet none was able to indicate what disease exactly she’s suffering from, let alone could come up with a cure.

In utter despair, the atheistic Chris turned to the notion of demonic possession. For Rags (her pet name for Regan) was showing all symptoms of it and the situation was getting more earnest as the days passed.

Father Damien Karras, a priest in constant battle with his faith, became close to Chris and helped her find an exorcist. Rare as they were, Lankester Merrin stepped up to cast out the demon…

Overall rating: 13 out of 15
I found ‘The Exorcist” to be a surprisingly good listen, despite the odd reputation it might have. It’s not at all that gory a story after all. Au contraire, it turned out to be more of a psychological thing. It leads you on incrementally and divulges in the deep thoughts of the several characters, whom all are thoroughly outlined. The tale builds up to a predictable climax. For this reason I didn’t hand out this book a 15/15 rating as I did with ‘I am Legend’. Predictability makes a story less interesting. But, a good read nonetheless.

Highly recommended, even for non-believers of the horror-genre.

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