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  • The Amityville Horror

  • By: Jay Anson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,098 ratings)

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By: Jay Anson
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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.

Critic reviews

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

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Hmmm

Well-narrated but the book itself is tiresome rather than frightsome. Often it feels like ten hours of a man running round his house in the dark closing windows which have spookily opened themselves. The style aims at authoritative reportage but none of it feels real and I never engaged with any of the characters in it. It's like a written account of every bad horror film you've ever seen - unsurprising since it inspired a bunch of them.

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One of my favorite Horror classics

Loved it! Calm, beliable voices for all the different characters. Good performance and great story. Scary and thrilling. A great book!

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Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this, gave me the chills in places, was well read, I highly recommend it if your into horror stories

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I don’t understand how people don’t like this!

I read this many years o and have, obviously, watched the movie. When I saw this was included it was a no-brainer! I wasn’t disappointed. The narrative is as compelling and clear as ever it was and the horror as compelling as it is inexplicable. I really liked the lack of sensationalism, but instead the seriousness of what was being read by the teller. An excellent listen all round.

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a must for fans of the movie or not

Great book. Didn't know what to really expect..But it had me gripped from beginning to the end.

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The amityville horror

I have loved reading these book as I am a strong believer of hurntings it is a very good reed

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A little repetitive

Like any story of this type it is hard to understand why characters don't behave in certain ways which seem logical to the audience. It also suffers a little from inspiring so many other works since it's publication.

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Lacks oomph

Interesting to read the ‘true’ story that inspired the cinematic gore fest of 70s and 80s but it’s not a very interesting book.
The temperature drops, something slightly creepy happens but then the family go to bed or do some cleaning or put another log on the fire, and the tension evaporates - day after day after day.
While it has all the ingredients of a scary supernatural tale, it’s actually rather repetitive and mundane.

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Entertaining

Sort of knew the story, or thought I did.

Truly spooky. Definitely worth listening to if you enjoy a scary tale. All the better for being based upon truth.

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Old-school narrator

The narrator sounds like he’s reading the news which ruined the book for me. Horrible things happen to a horrible family. Religious and self-righteous they abuse all their children and their dog multible times so this felt like God probably wanted them to learn to be humble and kinder to each-other. Yeah that’s my take on it..

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