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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.

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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What should have been a wonderful scare...

Has been a major disappointment.
The narration by Ray Porter was so void of voice expression that I actually could not finish listening to the first chapter.
In fact I go further to say that a computer generated voice would have more expression.

I love this story. I first read it over 35 years ago. This narration has stripped it of all the scariness that the book is famous for.

Excessively disappointed. If I had have been able to get a refund I would.

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Less of a non-fiction - more of a good horror story

I came into this with a fairly open mind as to what happened at Amityville. At this stage I feel relatively unconvinced but entertained by a good story nonetheless.
The writing style of the book doesn't lend itself well to the non fiction category it's in, told in a very subjective first person way. It is an interesting and enjoyable story, however, I found the reading of this story overly dramatic at times.
Overall I enjoyed but am not convinced of it as a nonfiction.

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Unoriginal

Taking into account the time this book was written, I still found The Amityville Horror book rather dull and unoriginal. This book has been written to manipulate the reader into fully believing what it says by questioning your intelligence at the very beginning. Saying that everything written has been authenticated and researched empirically. This book has been debunked by multiple authorities since its publication and has trivialised the original murders that occurred in the home.

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  • Tony O
  • 28-12-2015

a real chiller<br />

a very thought provoking and compelling story..surprising powerful in its effects.well delivered by the narrator Highly recommended but maybe not for those of a nervous disposition..

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  • Griff.81
  • 12-02-2012

good

i really enjoyed this book, its well worth a listen if you like the paranormal.

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  • K. Harvey
  • 08-11-2015

Loved this book!

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

This is my favourite audio book so far

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I haven't seen the film and a friend recommended this audio book. I really liked the narrator and thought his voice suited the story well.

I listen to audio books in the car and could wait to finish my appointment to get back in the car to pick up the story again.

If the account t is true then I cannot understand why the family stayed in the house so long at put their kids at risk. The first occurrence would have had me running for the hills!

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  • DM
  • 02-06-2019

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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  • shane
  • 28-04-2015

Awesome

Awesome and very interesting i believe everything happened in that house. ghosta and demons are REAL.

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  • Steve
  • 11-12-2020

Disapointing

Poorly written. Read with as much passion as reading a discarded shopping list. Shame really.

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  • Anthony Baldwin
  • 27-10-2020

wow what a story.

loved this. I've seen the movies and the other stories but never listened or read the books. wow what a story. loved everybody of it. it kept me listening and finished it in two days.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-2020

An Intriguing and Entertaining Listen

Whether or not the case of the Amityville Horror was real, exaggerated or a complete hoax doesn't necessarily detract from the books entertainment value if you are a fan of stories about the paranormal. The story is actually not so outlandish as to be beyond the realms of possibility. The production and reading of this audio book are excellent. It also benefited from having only the briefest mentions of the con-artists who were the Warrens in the epilogue.

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  • Indre
  • 12-07-2020

wonderful

truly loved this book, didn't know much of the story only watched a horror movie, but it was a good book and I would recommend it to somebody who like horror type of stories

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