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Summary

A classic of the horror genre, Dennis Wheatley’s The Devil Rides Out pits the powers of good against the forces of evil as the Duc de Richelieu wrestles for the soul of his friend with the charming but deadly Satanist, Mocata. Mocata has the power to summon the forces of darkness and - as the Duc and his friends will find - is willing to call upon ever-increasing horror until thundering hooves herald the arrival of the Devil Himself. The book was also made into a classic cult horror film in 1968, starring Christopher Lee and Charles Gray.

©2012 Dennis Wheatley (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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Classic tale From a master storyteller

This is a classic book written in 1934 and is a occult adventure story of good versus evil - times and attitudes change and unfortunately the words within this audio version vary from the original book, in my view as a purist, it should stay true to the original form and be accepted as such by the listener with the words used, as written by the author at that time.

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A Great Story Spoiled

Would you try another book written by Dennis Wheatley or narrated by Nick Mercer?

Yes to Wheatley. No to Mercer.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Mercer’s performances?

Most definitely not.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. A great story spoiled by its reading.

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Something different

If you could sum up The Devil Rides Out in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, Exciting, Occult

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil Rides Out?

The night time in the library when the evil forces try to take Simon.

What about Nick Mercer’s performance did you like?

Brilliant reader. The characters were clearly defined by his reading and amazingly consistent.

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

I was fascinated by the period drama aspect of the story, the aspects of occult and the pace and clarity of the writing.

Any additional comments?

I usually prefer modern crime or Agatha Christie but fancied something a little different. This was superbly written and so well read as to be a tour de force. Some aspects are a little too far fetched but that in part is the joy of the occult.

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THE Only Classic Satanic Story

Exciting, fast story. Well read with a subtle delivery that adds more impact than the more overdramatic alternatives. I recommend all the Mercer readings of the Wheatley books.

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Stay with it as the pace picks up

Initially I found the building up of the story a little ordinary, not bad but somewhat formulaic. At the same time I didn't initially feel sufficiently invested in the character who was in jeopardy to really feel the tension. However, once I got about a third of the way in there are some brilliant set pieces and the characters had grown on me enough that I cared about their plight. I had to listen to the last 2 hours or so in a solid block, so it had really picked up by the end. The conclusion was perhaps a little unsatisfactory, but I honestly can't think of a better way to do it, so I don't really think I can heavily criticise it for that.

The narration was a bit patchy at times, Nick Mercer sometimes seemed to be confused about which character was speaking and on at least one occasion read one of the characters names wrongly! Pretty solid overall though.

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A Good Listen

This 1930`s horror story still has the power to chill. Dennis Wheatley is an excellent storyteller and despite careful explanations of occult practices, well researched by the author, one`s attention is always engaged and the adventure enjoyed. I first read this book in the late 40`s. It was a good read then and is a good listen now.

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Slight change in how isis was impregnated

There was a slight change from the book in the story of how isis was impregnated it just mentions that when set found osiris coffin the pregnant isis ran away, in the book it says she was able to reanimate him to become with child, why change this, its supposed to be unabridged, not tweaked

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Great Listen

Cracking story told brilliantly by Nick Mercer loved the film and the book never slows in pace. I can easily recommend it’s purchase.

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Wheatley at his best.

I have read all the Dennis Wheatley occult series on paper. Considering this was written in the 1930's it is still scary. Nick Mercer narrates all these stories superbly.

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Superb Story.

Listened to this book several times and always pick out some new information. Recommend it to all.

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  • 18-04-19

Top Notch

One of the best audio books iv listen to I would recommend this book to everyone

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  • missfae
  • 23-07-17

A Great Listen

Would you listen to The Devil Rides Out again? Why?

Yes. I enjoy the atmosphere of the book and the slow build of suspense. In fact, I've listened to it several times. The first time I heard it was years ago as a public library check out. I was happy to find it at audible.

Have you listened to any of Nick Mercer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't.

If you could rename The Devil Rides Out, what would you call it?

The Horror Within.

Any additional comments?

This is a book that can be revisit multiple times and not lose its appeal. Bravo

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  • Blake Smith (@DoctorAtlantis)
  • 25-05-15

classic but dated

A very enjoyable listen to a book I had trouble slogging through on paper. This book is the basis of the wonderful Hammer film of the same name. A bit uneven at times, but a fun and enjoyable romp through the terrifying world of Wheatley's imagined Satanic cult conspiracy.