Download The Ruins (UNABRIDGED CASSETTE) epub

by Patrick Wilson,Scott Smith

Download The Ruins (UNABRIDGED CASSETTE) epub
ISBN: 1428116249
ISBN13: 978-1428116245
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Patrick Wilson,Scott Smith
Publisher: Recorded Books; unabridged cassette edition edition (2006)
ePUB size: 1367 kb
FB2 size: 1470 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 221
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This is horror at its finest. It's hard to believe all the negative reviews this book gets. I have 7 to 10 books that I always keep extra copies of, so when I meet a horror fan who hasn't read one of my favorites, all I have to do is grab an extra from my bookshelves and say, here, give this one a shot. I've given away 2 copies of this book in the 10 years that it's been out, and so far everyone has loved it. Even my husband liked it, and he only reads thrillers. I have no review for this book, because I suck at reviews. All I can say is believe the good reviews, and pay no mind to those bad ones. I've read this book 4 times, and its still a horrific read. Yep, I'd recommend this story.
I saw the movie some time ago and really liked it so I thought I'd read the book. Wow. The book is just sooo much better! I went from loving the movie to just thinking it's okay, so much more happens in the book. It's really frightening and I can see these characters and what's happening to them. And the ending is radically different, I did NOT like the ending in the movie but the book's ending makes so much more sense. Love the book :)
I was going through a bunch of books that i had read in high-school, and this was one of them. I remember liking this book so much that i read it again a few months later.

So what about now? After reading it again (a third time), i can completely understand why i liked it in the first place... but at the same time I was disappointed. I feel that i could rate this book a 2 star, or a 5 star and be fine with either rating. SO i am going to settle at 4.

The Ruins follows a group of vacationers on a visit to an archaeological site. The book has a very slow build up before finally going nuclear ~75% through. Reading this book purely as a horror novel, the suspenseful 25%-75%, followed by the insane (!!) 75%-100% make for an enjoyable read. Is the writing great? No. Is the first section of the book boring as f***? Yes.

So. Are you tired of boring, same-old-ending novels? Want something that will shock you? This one is for you.

+ The night dispute/fight and the aftermath was perfect. I just kept thinking of comics that showed a shocked character with an '!' above his head. In this case, that would be me.
+ Characters. The characters might be stereotypical, but the book uses them in interesting ways. It takes the stereotypes, turns them inside out, and then dumps them on the ground.
+ The villain. Lets just take a minute to appreciate the antagonist in this book. If you really think about it, it is 100x as creepy as any alien/monster. The slow creeping/avoid direct conflict is awesome.

- Writing. It sucks. First 25% of the book is a chore to read. Then the book is just 'OK'.
- Plot holes. No explanations of any sort.
- Bloody/barbaric. I was slightly nauseous after finishing the book.

Note: Some characters do die. If characters ending upsets you, then STAY AWAY.
Deodorant for your language
My main gripe with this story is the lack of character development. All the main characters seem thrown together without any good reason for being together in the first place. Neither of the couple's seem to like the person they're with. And who believes the idea of strangers hitting it off with each other when they have no idea what the other person is saying (different languages), much less going on a trip together. I still don't understand what the purpose of archaeologists being there was and I also don't understand why it was noted there was another shaft that was never explored. I thought surely this was going to turn out to be at least an explored possibility of escape.
This book came to me highly recommended. I hadn't heard of it (or the movie) and was excited for a new horror story. At first I was worried that this would be like every other "Travel to Mexico and enter a horror story" book but I had nothing to worry about.
This story is graphic, detailed, terrible, mysterious, yet hopeful. I read half of it the first night I had it and finished it the second night. I didn't want to put it down. Now that I've finished it, I feel sad that it is over and I want more.
The missing star is because Smith's writing varies in level of detail and clarity, it felt like maybe he was rushing through the scene to get to the next. There were a few points where I had to re-read the section multiple times to get a feeling for what was really happening. Overall his writing does not lack in gory details and I appreciate that.