The Ritual

  • by Adam Nevill
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was the dead thing they found hanging from a tree that changed the trip beyond recognition.
When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise.
A shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, things couldn’t possibly get any worse.
But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls, and there are bones scattered upon the floors. The residue of old rites for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. And as the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees.

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11 hours too long?

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.
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- Andrew

Good story and great narrator

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.


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- Magdalena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio