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What made the experience of listening to The Ritual the most enjoyable?
The pace is good, it keeps you engaged and wanting to find out what is going to happen next.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ritual?
It's genuinely creepy, the first half of the book in particular. The story was unusual and interesting, the characters were engaging and you never knew quite what was going to happen until the very end.
What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I really loved the narrator! A good narrator can make the experience of listening to an audiobook so much better.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I so wanted to like this after having received a recommendation Adam Nevill is the UK's Stephen King.
I felt the characters missed enough roundness. But most important, the author didn't play enough with the blurring between nightmare and its opposite. I wanted more ambiguity, if you see what I mean. Or maybe the opposite: blatant 'magical realism' 'a la Murakami.
Sorry: I wanted the rather inevitable ending to happen sooner than later.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
On the surface, every horror cliche rears its head in this tale; protagonists lost in the woods, the lonely isolated house, ancient burial mounds and suggestions of a sinister and macabre history. From Hp Lovecraft to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the horror genre has always been full to the brim of stories that tread a similar path. The Ritual however, stands head and shoulders above its peers. The storytelling is impeccable and the narration both spirited and unpretentious. After half an hour I was gripped and almost breathless. Listening to this on headphones in the dead of night was a genuinely nerve shredding experience, but in the best possible way, Highly recommended!
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I bought this audio book as it was on special offer for Halloween along with a couple of other titles. I took a punt on this one after reading some glowing reviews on Amazon and was in no way disappointed.
I stupidly started to listen to this at night, on Halloween and after an hour and a half of the story I was ridged with fear in my bed, doing everything in my power to pluck up the courage to get up and use the toilet! I eventually did and vowed not to listen to the rest of it in the dark but I had to know what happened. Over the next 48 hours devoured the rest and low and behold found myself in bed ridged with fear AGAIN unable to switch the damd Ipod off for the last hour and a half!
A perfect choice, Peter Thorpe is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators, he brings every story he reads to life brilliantly and is the perfect choice for this relentless scare fest.
This is some wonderfully creepy and intense stuff that I’d highly recommend this if you enjoy a good scare.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful