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Ritual

Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

Police officer David Hanlin is asked to investigate the presumed murder of a child in an obscure rural village in Cornwall. During the protagonist's short stay, he is slowly subjected to a spectacle of psychological trickery, sexual seduction, ancient religious practices and nightmarish sacrificial rituals. Shrouded in the same brand of mystery and contradiction that forms its tangled plot, Ritual, the 1967 debut by playwright David Pinner, is commonly recognised to be the basis for the 1973 film, The Wicker Man, which has enthralled and inspired generations of film enthusiasts throughout the world.

©1967 David Pinner (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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its NOT the Wickerman

it's what Wickerman is based on but it's very different though the basic set up is the same. the ending totally different.

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Vintage 1960s pagan mystery thriller

If you could sum up Ritual in three words, what would they be?

Classic Folk Horror

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

Ric Jerrom's patient delivery is on the mark - it allows the listener time to digest Pinner's flowery literary flourishes.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Intrigue.

Any additional comments?

See amazon for reviews of this Wicker Man ancestor novel. I wish to compliment Ric Jerrom's performance. I read the novel a couple of years before hearing this audio book and am impressed with his patient delivery. There is a lot of rural, pagan descriptive imagery that could so easily flood the listener. Listening to this was an enjoyable, thrilling companion during long dog walks around rural England.

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The Source of a Dynasty of Horror

Ritual (1967) is the original novel upon which the films The Wicker Man (1973 and 2006) and The Wicker Tree (2011) are based. Of the films, arguably the 1973 version starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt and Diane Cilento is the best and well worth watching. I found Ritual, the original book, to be an excellent read the detail of which added different perspectives to the story. The book is set in Cornwall rather than the Scottish Highlands but aside from the added remoteness of Scotland that is really neither here nor there. The book and the film run parallel until about two thirds through but the endings are markedly different. The ending of the film is 'a spectacular' and by and large what it is remembered for but the ending of the book is far more complex and a very well written examination of the police inspector's mental state. Despite the age of the book I am not going to engage in spoilers as I suspect that despite the success of the 1973 film relatively few below a certain age will have read it. I urge you to do this and/or listen to the Audible version as the narration of Ric Jerrom is excellent!!

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  • Allan
  • merseyside, United Kingdom
  • 20-03-14

So bad I could not finish it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A total re-write. Story is superficial, full of cliches and writing smug, constantly drawing attention to how clever the writer believed himself. It's all yarn and no substance.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrated to slowly which made it even more painful to listen to. Had to play it double speed before giving up after hearing the first third of the tale

Any additional comments?

The Wicker Man is a great film, supposedly in part based on The Ritual. Thankfully Anthony Shaffer's screenplay didn't take too much notice of this book.

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