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The Ritual Audiobook

The Ritual

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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.

©2011 Adam Nevill (P)2011 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    kmcca5 Deepest Darkest Yapton, West Sussex 05/11/2012
    kmcca5 Deepest Darkest Yapton, West Sussex 05/11/2012 Member Since 2015

    Something About Myself

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    "This had me scared of the dark...."

    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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Fergal Co Dublin, Ireland 27/02/2013
    Fergal Co Dublin, Ireland 27/02/2013 Member Since 2017
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    "Chilling stuff"

    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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer alfreton, United Kingdom 01/09/2013
    jennifer alfreton, United Kingdom 01/09/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "The Ritual"

    I have had this story in my library for some time now,when I first tried to listen to this story I found it so slow and nothing was happening so I gave up,then I recently went back to it and I am so glad I did it turns out to be a very good story,these four guys just out for a camping holiday and decided to take a shortcut through the woods,fatal mistake they get lost and cannot escape then the nightmare begins when the story picks up its really gripping.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M Whitby, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    M Whitby, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
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    "unrelenting terror"

    Just finished Adam Nevill’s amazing The Ritual. The plot is quite thin, but that’s not a fault – it’s supposed to be about the people involved in the story. Indeed, it’s testament to Adam’s skill that he carries our interest across 400 pages in what is, essentially, a two-act tale. It’s hard to talk about what happens without giving stuff away, but I’ll try my best.



    The first half of the book is a hunt – an often brutal, suspenseful trail around a deep, dark wood full of seriously weird stuff: ancient churches, broken up houses, bone pits – you name it, it’s here. This steady accumulation of unsavoury details stacks up in the reader’s mind until a menacing air of doom and terror starts building.



    Then, in act two, where the focus shifts from environmental terror to a very human one, it just gets worse and worse. The first appearance of the new incoming characters sets the tone for a relentless sequence of nightmarish set-pieces the equal of any snuff-like horror movie (Texas Chainsaw, etc). And this mounts to a dreamlike conclusion in which the reader is left so disoriented that s/he is unable to decide what is real or otherwise. Very powerful.



    The ending of the book – the dreamlike last few pages – contains some great writing, a fitting end to a sterling example of modern horror. I loved it. I hate effusive reviews which lack critical edge, but what can I say? Read this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Revey rhondda, mid glam, United Kingdom 15/12/2012
    Revey rhondda, mid glam, United Kingdom 15/12/2012 Member Since 2009

    Ex NHS manager,always had something to read, which was usually a form of fiction. Loved to be told stories when a child, so keep listening

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    "Oh My. No stroll or camp will be the same."

    From it's comencement you may think, just another story about four lads of on a jolly, get lost and bitten, or eaten or abducted.

    No just a terifing story. I found myself re-tracing the story, how a bad situation can only get EVEN WORSE! No camping with the kids this summer.Or forestry walks . Poor boys etc. No more Abba or A-Ah for me

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    nick Stamford, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    nick Stamford, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Listener Since 2010
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    "Spine chilling"

    Getting lost in the woods with a group of friends has never been so scary. Creepy cabins, ritualistic sacrifices. A hiking trip gone badly wrong. Extremely well read and perfect to listen to in bed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    christian POISSY, France 21/09/2011
    christian POISSY, France 21/09/2011 Member Since 2016
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    "Not just a slasherfest, but a great horror novel"

    Though I agree with the previous reviewer that this book seemed at times a bit too long, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is in two parts, and the second part drags a bit but introduces characters and new twists that I did not see coming, at all. The character's plight is atrocious, yet there are moments of real humanity and warmth that are heart-wrenching. I had never read or heard Adam Nevill's books before and find him a truly gifted author. This is not just a slasher-fest, it has depth and meaning. The narrator does a very very good job, his voice is, at times, mesmerizing. Recommended

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Meh"

    Performance was okay, but the norwegian and swedish accents need work.
    As for story, every character is so unnecessarily misogynist. Why? Makes you root for the monster. Maybe that was the intention? Plus points for a realistic depiction of what being in sweden feels like.

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    HMPS64 London, UK 22/11/2016
    HMPS64 London, UK 22/11/2016 Member Since 2014

    Love audiobooks, keeps my hands free to do housework or drive.

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    "gripping paranormal thriller"

    a good read but rather samey after a while. plot tends to drag on for longer than necessary and a rather dubious ending.

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    fran walker 31/10/2016
    fran walker 31/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrifying"

    I wanted a scary listen at Halloween and this audiobook certainly delivered. It is a totally absorbing story, with excellent characterisation and a slowly developing creepiness that descends into total horror. Fully recommend if you fancy a bit of a fright!

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  • Andrew
    16/06/14
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magdalena
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    03/04/14
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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