The Ruins by Scott Smith: Audiobook

Title: The Ruins
Author: Scott Smith
Narrator: Patrick Wilson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (July 18, 2006)
Source: Library
Genre: Mystery/ Horror Fiction
Listening time: 14 hours approx
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

My Thoughts:
I borrowed this book from the library after reading a review by Amy. Since I wanted to try out audio books for a long time and since this was a huge book, I thought audio book was the best way to approach it.

The Ruins is a story of a group of friends, Jeff, Eric, Stacy and Amy, who are on a holiday in Mexico. They become friends with the German’s and decide to follow Mathias in search of his brother who has gone off into the jungle with an archeologist. His brother left a map of the archeological dig and they think it would be an adventure to look for him. What they didn’t anticipate was the trouble they would be and the hell hole they would be stuck in.

It’s difficult to tell you much without giving the plot away but it suffices to say that I was disappointed with the “horror” element and the overall plot, if there was any. The Ruins is more of how different characters behave in the time of crisis than having a concrete story. The first 2 hours of the book I was hooked, I was scared and couldn’t wait to find out what lied at the base of the horror. Needless to say it was not what I expected. If any book could be described as ‘excruciatingly detailed’, it would be this. I mean really. We know what all the characters were thinking at all times, about their present, their future and their past as well. At times, they also went tangent and remembered things form their childhood as if all the thinking that was already going on wasn’t enough. As Amy said it’s a survival drama but I wished there were at least a few twists and turns to keep me interested.

The Ruins was scary and fun at the beginning but then it started getting boring, monotonous and repetitive. There is only so much repetition you can take without a story to take it forward. The human drama was worth reading but then again only up-to a certain point.

I wish I had loved this more, but I guess this book just wasn’t for me.

The Narrator: Patrick Wilson: Oh he was good. I loved his voice, I found it soothing and even. The only time I didn’t like it was when he read the female dialogues, he read them in an exaggerated female tone which was quite funny. Other than that I don’t have any complains.

Would physical book change my opinion? Probably. I might have abandoned the book halfway through or just skimmed it. But since it was an audio book which I listened to while doing housework or traveling it didn’t really cut into my reading time. So in this case, the audio book actually worked for me.

19 thoughts on “The Ruins by Scott Smith: Audiobook

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  1. I only tried one audio book but I didn’t really enjoy the experience. I guess I still prefer to hold a physical book and enjoy the feel of pages when I turn them.

    I’m sorry this book was a disappointment to you. I think I’ve this book in my pile, but then again I won’t be in a rush to read it plus my reading mood doesn’t call for it. 😛


      1. Hi Violet’
        I must say that audio books are not a medium that has ever interested me, one reason being that I just canot get along with wearing headphones, of any shape or size. I get an almost instant earache.

        Audio books are fantastic for people with limited, or no sight and for that reason, should never be allowed to die out.

        Sorry the book wasn’t to your liking either. It’s not an author I have ever come across, but is one that I shall be adding to my list of ‘don’t bother with’

        I hope ‘My Fair Godmother’, is more to your liking.


  2. I didn’t love my first audiobook but have since come to love them. I encourage you to keep trying. I highly recommend the Harry Potter series as read by Jim Dale if you can find them. Those made me an audiobook convert 🙂


    1. I’ll keep that in mind, I still haven’t read a single Harry Potter book so I would love to try that.

      Although I didn’t love my first audio book I did love the medium, so I’m hopeful.


  3. One of my friends really liked this book and recommended it, so I picked it up from the library. I got about five pages in and just couldn’t continue. I just thought it wasn’t the right time for the book, that I wasn’t in the mood for it. Your review has made me reconsider whether or not I should pick it up again.

    (p.s. The movie was a bit ridiculous. Have you seen it?)


  4. I saw the movie and was surprised at how it was more of a psychological drama than the horror movie I was expecting, too. But I did like the movie–they probably cut out all the boring parts.


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