The Ruins

  • by Scott Smith
  • Narrated by Patrick Wilson
  • 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Eerie, terrifying, and unputdownable, The Ruins is Scott Smith's first novel since his acclaimed debut A Simple Plan earned rave reviews and stormed best seller 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.


What the Critics Say

"A stunning horror thriller." (Publishers Weekly
"The book of the summer....Smith intends to scare the bejabbers out of you, and succeeds." (Stephen King)
"If you love ABC's Lost and the novels of King and Thomas Harris, you'll love this book." (USA Today)


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Customer Reviews

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If you want to throw your money away buy this book, otherwise keep looking. The names misleading-I thought the book would be fun from the discription but found the only thing in ruin was my time. Boring, drawn out and inane. I drive truck for a living and listen to alot of books on tape and this was one of the worst I have listened to. No ruined citys or temples, no ghosts demons or even monsters. I wont give away the storyline but buy this at your own risk.
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- T. Webb

Appallingly dull

I can't quite decide what the worst part of this book is - the uninteresting one-dimensional characters or their endless internal dialogue - the lack of suspense or the idiotic plot. Or maybe it was the endless repetition of certain phrases, the almost word-for-word descriptions, and the maddening sameness of each chararacter's separate musings. I was also disappointed that there was nothing much at all about ancient Mayan culture or archeological sites despite the setting of the story. The reader did a good job without anything to work with. That is the only positive comment to be made. He can have the one star for his part in this creation.
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- Christine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2006
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio