The Ruins

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Written By: Scott Smith

Narrated By: Patrick Wilson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2006

Duration: 6 hours 20 minutes

Summary:

THE EAGERLY AWAITED NEW THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF "A SIMPLE PLAN"

Eerie, terrifying, and unputdownable, "The Ruins" is Scott Smith's first novel since his acclaimed debut "A Simple Plan" earned rave reviews and stormed bestseller lists.

"The Ruins" follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group -- the young German, who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

This is what happens from the moment the searchers -- moving into the wild interior -- begin to suspect that there is an insidious, horrific "other" among them....

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  • Anonymous

    Book starts out slow but you can sense that it's building to something different. You can almost hear the music in the background. By the time it reaches the mid-section you're engrossed in this very strange saga. It tears at you at times and truly touches a variety of nerves. Stick with it and you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Very predictable....would make a great cheesy B Rated horror flick!

  • Anonymous

    The beginning is somewhat slow, as others have commented, but it builds up a good measure of suspense. It has your typical horror movie scenario set-up, with an unexpected character development and ending. It was a smooth and entertaining.

  • Anonymous

    Well....I personally thought this book was excellent. I also read it and unfortunately watched the movie of it. LISTEN to it. My only advice is if you are queasy with gore or blood (which is very descriptive in this) skip it. I really did enjoy it and recommend.

  • Jim Monforte

    Stephen King has nothing on Smith. This is truly one of the most frightening books I've listened to. The narration was excellent and I could imagine myself in the jungle with the Mayans. A definite must read.

  • Diane Boxley

    This book is extremely slow but I stuck it out until the end and I'm glad I did. The ending was very well written and made me feel sad. I'm not sure I would recommend this book because of the slowness but the ending redeemed it in a small way.

  • Joann

    This was the worst book I have listened to in a long time. I didn't have anything else to listen to so stayed with it. I skipped through most of the CD's and went right to the end.

  • Tom from Lafayette

    I was going to rent the cd then realized I had read it on a recent trip. I could not put this book down. Having been to the area in Mexico where the author plays out this drama created some vivid images. This is as good or better than anything Dean Koontz has ever come up with.

  • Margie

    This is a terrible book!, the worst I have read (or listened to) so far. Its like a cheap horror movie that is so bad acted that instead of scaring you it makes you laugh!. The story is so imposible you just don't get into it. Don't waist your time!.

  • Barbara Lee

    Absolutely one of the worse books I never finished. I listened to 3 of the CD's and sent it back. Didn't care how it ended. Author went into WAY too much detail and it was beyond borning. With all that rambling it was no wonder it took 12 discs. Could have told the story in 5 discs at the tops, but it still would have been a lousy book.