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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:
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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.” 


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Stephanie Griffin | 1/21/2014

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

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