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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Smith Narrator: Patrick Wilson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780743563451
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best horror novel of the new century.” 

    Stephen King

  • “A smart, clean-burning horror machine.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “The most disturbing novel of the year.” 

    Time 

  • “Smith’s nail-biting tension is a pleasure all its own…This stuff isn’t for the faint of heart.” 

    New York Post 

  • The Ruins does for Mexican vacations what Jaws did for New England beaches.” 

    Entertainment Weekly 

  • “A story so scary you may never want to go on vacation, or dig around in your garden, again.” 

    USA Today 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aishma Vindya | 2/17/2014

    " I just finished reading 'The Ruins' by Scott Smith. Umm Stephen King called it as one of the 'thriIIing' horror books of the new century or whatever. After reading it the onIy thing l can think is that as much as l Iove King's books, I don't reaIIy think I'm that much crazy about his personal taste in this novel lol. It's a pretty quick read but it kind of reminded me of movies where a bunch of friends go to an overseas holiday && get stuck in a serious mutilation-danger probIIem or whatever.. && the part that sort of bothered me was when they didn't explore the mine further.. umm maybe there iis a tunnel that leads out..? l would say it was an okay book though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 2/10/2014

    " It started out kind of slow, but by the end it was totally worth it. If you're trying to decide between the book and movie, DEFINITELY choose the book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marta | 2/6/2014

    " This was a fast paced page-turner. But way too gorey for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Griffin | 1/21/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Really good horror story, but the author seems to be hung up on bodily functions... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaime | 1/16/2014

    " This is for book club otherwise I would not picked it up. Very intense writing & situation. Did not finish it. I'm glad I stopped when I did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brigid | 1/12/2014

    " Good for a quick summer read buy not that thrilling or full of tension to me. Perfect for a horror flick although the titular "ruins" would have to actually be ruins, not just an old mining site. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Dalton | 1/11/2014

    " Very creepy and it gets darn bloody as well. You'll never venture off the beaten path again! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Desiree Luong | 1/11/2014

    " I must be the only person on the planet who thought that this novel wasn't worth the time it took to read it. I admit that I don't read many horror novels so maybe it's just the genre that I'm not cut out for - but I found the plot to be so long and drawn out and the ending completely empty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 1/5/2014

    " Entertaining and creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadirah Noordin | 12/28/2013

    " It made my skin crawl thinking of the killer vines. Great vacation read - definitely a must-buy because you'll read it again and again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi Hall gilbert | 12/6/2013

    " I loved this book .... that got completely ruined by making it into a movie. Smith has an amazing gift for creating creepy. A Simple Plan is a perfect example. If you don't watch the movie versions, you'll know what I mean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sarah | 12/5/2013

    " I know this book is a pulpy horror novel -- KILLER PLANT AIYEEE -- but the characters were well-developed, the pacing was expert, and images are still haunting me. As a low-brow read, it does not get better than this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Garry | 8/27/2013

    " A gritty, gripping read, far surpassed my expectations, especially after reading these other reviews. One of my favorite books now. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gretchen | 9/21/2012

    " Seriously couldn't stand this book. I was so mad when I was finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Urban | 8/22/2012

    " A great read, one of those books you dread to keep reading but can't stop! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marikka | 8/20/2012

    " All I can really say is that the vines were the best part of the book. I could give a rat's ass about all other characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Parsons | 9/4/2011

    " I have a taste for grotestque horror. This is a classic monster survival story which has some disturbing images. I found it an enjoying read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corey Friedrich | 8/3/2011

    " Worst book ever! The story was utterly depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tee Jay | 8/2/2011

    " I do believe that the characterization did leave a lot to be desired. However, I think Mr. Smith was perhaps trying to illustrate something more with his vague characterization (like what is up with Western student culture, etc.) and that was the point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 5/21/2011

    " Don't read if you don't like jungles. The first book in a long time that's legitimately creeped me out

    I felt physically ill when I finished this book. It's disturbing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ravis | 5/20/2011

    " Good concept, and genuinely scary in parts, but the writing is unpolished and occasionally gets in the way of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 5/17/2011

    " There is something i really like about books that combine horror elements and psychological disintegration. Scott Smith manages to blend these two elements perfectly, in a tale that combines historical elements, bloody horror, and mental breakdown. Loved it - 5 Stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 5/9/2011

    " It was average. Nothing to get excited about. The characters were not that interesting and I wasn't really interested in what happened to them. I thought the whole thing had potential, but it fell far short of what it could have been. Too many unanswered questions also left me annoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/7/2011

    " one word . . . .gory! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. Excruciating slow. The same events are told over and over from each character's point of view. It is just a bad horror film. Just out of college kids go to cancun on vacation and take a trip into the jungle where some Mayans hold them host "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fadedunaway | 4/30/2011

    " because i loved a simple plan, i had this book long on my radar and couldn't wait to read it. though i wouldn't necessarily call it a real disappointment, it clearly was not on the same level as asp. but it held my interest enough to see it to its conclusion and i'm still glad i read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/24/2011

    " Great book. What happened to Scott Smith???? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amandamargaret | 4/9/2011

    " this is one of those books that when you finish it you think to yourself "thank god". as in "thank god it's over. that's a week of reading i will never get back." if it were possible to give negative stars, i would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 4/7/2011

    " Terrifying, I couldn't sleep for a week once I had finished - skip the movie, try the book. "

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About the Author

Scott Smith attended both Dartmouth and Columbia. Asides from being an author, he also works as a screenwriter, earning an Academy Award nomination for the adaptation of his novel A Simple Plan and winning him a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and National Board of Review Award. His noel, The Ruins was named “the best horror novel of the new century” by Stephen King. He lives in New York City.