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The Amityville Horror

Written by: Jay Anson
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up.

Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror.

This is the spellbinding, best-selling, true story that gripped the nation - the story of a house possessed by evil spirits, haunted by psychic phenomena almost too terrible to describe.

Jay Anson began as a copy boy on the New York Evening Journal in 1937 and later worked in advertising and publicity. With more than 500 documentary scripts for television to his credit, he was associated with Professional Films, Inc. He died in 1980.

©1977 Jay Anson; published in arrangement with Lesia Anson (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the critics say

"A fascinating and frightening book." ( Los Angeles Times)
"This book will scare the hell out of you." ( Kansas City Times)

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spooky! I love it!

I wouldn't suggest listening in your own home at night, it really russled my jimmies.

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overdone

it's more of a report then a real story.... I wish it was read differently...

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great listening

awesome great listening to the book
and great telling for me not turn of the line

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  • steve
  • 2012-11-02

So good, it’s scary.

I was never a big fan of the movie but I have to admit, this book scared the hell out of me. Very intense and spooky. In addition, the narrator keeps the listener on the edge of their seat with every word. If looking for a horror book, look no further! Great stuff….

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  • Laura
  • 2013-06-17

Winning author and narrator pair!

Not at all comfortable with horror but decided to give this book a listen even if I had to stop and delete it because I became terrified.
Well-researched book read by a perfect narrator. If I could, I'd abduct this narrator and drop him into nearly every book I've ever read.
HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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  • toromei
  • 2014-11-03

Solid and unsettling

It's hard to say for certain since I never read the text myself, but I felt like the writing was a bit dry.

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the narration here. It gave me a sense of the steady escalation of horror experienced by those in the house. It was eerie in the methodical terrorizing of family and visitors. Like they must have, I felt like maybe it wasn't really happening -- as if maybe it was all just a misinterpretation of events as they slowly unfolded.

"The devil's best trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist!" - Baudelaire

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  • JRM
  • 2013-01-26

Maybe, Maybe Not

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was a fast, creepy read. The happenings at the Amityville house have been hotly debated for many years, but I couldn't care less. I loved it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amityville Horror?

The sick priest and all that befell the colleagues who tried to help him.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Absolutely. The narrator brings you into the events like reading alone never could.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I think I managed it in 4 or 5.

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  • TEP13
  • 2015-09-10

Murder for profit profited on by scam artists

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is a thoroughly debunked tale sold as a true story. An actual murder was used by the scam artists behind this book, clearly using the popularity of the Excorcist film released in 1973, to sell a haunted house story. Even if you don't research the facts, the human reactions to supernatural events in this book are completely unrealistic. "Hey, unseen hands keep grabbing me & I saw a pig head in my kids room... Hmmmm, I wonder if something is wrong with the house? ... Nah!"

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  • Andrew York
  • 2015-01-19

Great performance on a horror classic.

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle- it definitely is not life-changing literature, and you do not really grow from reading the book (unless your house is haunted?). However, it was definitely a quick and fun read, and it gives you context to some of the true elements of the book, such as the DeFeo murders and the 28 day stint of the Lutz family. It is up to you to decide what else to believe.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good narrator and I would definitely listen to other books he has narrated. He gave the narration a "60 Minutes" vibe that made the book that much more believable.

If you could give The Amityville Horror a new subtitle, what would it be?

Don't buy a house that was the site of a mass murder, not matter how good the price is.

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  • S. Smail
  • 2013-12-14

True story? Fiction? Whatever, it's awesome.

Where does The Amityville Horror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's not the best but it's somewhere between the middle and the best. It's a very well done book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amityville Horror?

Probably the general existence of the red room. I want to know more about that!

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

There wasn't anything I didn't like. For some reason I feel like whenever he read the new chapter titles he sounded really creepy. Maybe it had to do with me being caught up in the story, but either way I loved it.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That pigs can be creepy? I'm not sure if that counts.

Any additional comments?

I know that this story is a controversial one, and that people will probably be debating whether it's true or not forever. Personally, I don't care. Enough of it rings of truth that I could believe it, even though at times I found myself thinking that little parts just seemed way too weird. (Hoof prints in the snow? That's bizarre, but it creeped me out.) Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good horror story. Don't get hung up on whether it's true or not.

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  • daniel
  • 2012-04-18

Better then the movie or at least the remake

Whether it really happed or not doesn't change the fact its a pretty good story. I like the style the novel was written in. Anson calls it a documentry not so sure about that but its a good story. Some parts gave me chills and made the book well worth the credit.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 2015-02-25

Tame listen but not bad

I know this book is based on a true story, maybe, but it has been retold so many times that the liberties Hollywood takes makes this story much more exciting. I enjoyed hearing the truer accounts and while I enjoyed the book as it kept me wanting to keep listening, I did find it as the more pg-13 version of the story.

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  • Kathleen
  • 2012-10-30

A wonderful classic that is a must read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, its a wonderfully scary book that is definitely in the top one hundred horror books to read before you die!

What did you like best about this story?

The suspense is was suspenseful from the very first page to the last.

Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes he did a very good job and his voice added to the suspense and tension with each character.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The constant reminder that it was based on a true story and the character in the book were real people.

Any additional comments?

A great listen and is short so if you want it for a short trip or just a quick listen its perfect! Especially around Halloween!

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