The Ruins - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Scott Smith, Patrick Wilson (Narrator) The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with new-found friends in search of one of their group -- the young German, who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archaeological dig. — This is what happens from the moment the ... more »searchers -- moving into the wild interior -- begin to suspect that there is an insidious, horrific "other" among them...
Read by Patrick Wilson. Abridged: 5 sound discs (ca. 6 hrs.) « less
Don't be put off by the awful film. This audio version is actually very good. The story is much more interesting when you can use your own imagination about the characters and their environment. I really enjoyed listening to it. Some nice variations on the "bored, dumb kids get into trouble in a foreign country" theme. I liked some of the things you couln't be sure of during the story. Was there really a cell phone? Was it a case of quarantine or sacrifice? Can something that isn't human be a murderer? I was pleased the ending was seated in a kind of realism and not in a fake "tie it all up so we can go home happiness".
I was very disappointed by this book. What would have been a great short story was made into an interminable diatribe. I thought about abandoning the book, but I had to know how it ended. So I stuck until the end, and then wished I hadn't.