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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: Abridged 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.... Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

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

    Stephen King

  • The Ruins is superior horror literature…It leaves you with the sense that the skeleton beneath your skin is closer to the surface than you think.” 

    New York Times

  • “A tour de force of terror, a novel that seduces, shocks, and dares you to keep reading—and never relents, not even on its final page.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “You won’t be able to put it down until you find out how everything ends. The pleasure of this novel lies in not know what will happen next, or why. This story is a holiday in hell. It’s very hard to escape.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate MacKinnon | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this book! I expected a kind of standard gruesome horror story but this was different. It was a very well done psychological thriller. It completely sucked me in to the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kapri | 2/15/2014

    " I was really enjoying this one until the ending. I just found it to be really anticlimactic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie Paugh | 2/13/2014

    " Wow! That's sums it all up. This is, probably, one of the better horror fiction novels I have read in a long time. I have to give mad props to any writer that can make vegetation so completely and unflinchingly terrifying. The language and imagery was beautiful. The only tiny criticism would be that there were so many characters introduced in the beginning, and the point of view jumped quite a bit. It took a little time to feel connected to any of them or really differentiate any of them. None of the characters were especially likeable and I did feel that the two female characters, Amy and Stacy remained pretty much interchangeable throughtout the story. I felt that the only two, truly interesting characters were Jeff and, to a lesser degree, Mathias. Still, the character development was poor. The characters did not seem to relate to each other. There was no depth into either of the couples romantic relationships and the friendship between Amy and Stacy was negligible. They seemed to hardly know each other and I had a hard time believeing this group of six people would even be hanging out together-let alone vacationing. To be honest, in a story that revolves so heavily upon a character's perception and group dynamics, I was very surprised to see this aspect of the story so poorly developed. All that being said, I still enjoyed the book a lot. The details and imagery were outstanding. The pace of the storytelling was good. It was a 500 page book about a scary plant and amazingly enough, there was never a moment where the story lulled. Toward the middle of the book, I did appreciate the jumping point of view and being able to experience the crisis and horror through each of the main character's eyes.I also have to convey that the hopelessness that these characters endured was completely contagious. After reading a section, I would frequently find myself feeling dark and depressed and eventually came to attribute these feelings as an after-effect of this book. This is how completely I felt the characters' struggle and torment. The ending was every bit as hopeless as it deserved to be...this is horror after all, at its finest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynne Lance | 2/11/2014

    " This is just a great, great, scary book. No chapters, just a non-stop assault of creepiness. "

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