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  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound 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 archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Disappointing at best"
    Overall

    This is my first review after listening to hundreds of books at Audible. I just finished it, so maybe I am little too charged up to be objective, but I feel I have wasted a lot of time and a credit trying to give this book a chance. Not being a big fan of the Horror genre, I was intrigued by the publisher's blurb and decided to give this book a shot, even though it was too new to have any reviews written about it. A little risky, but I thought, how bad could it be? At the very least it will be entertaining and something to while away a long commute. --I was mistaken. I did finish it, hoping for a satisfying end, and was, alas, even disappointed in that.

    The book started out slowly, building the characters, but seemed to lack an in depth understanding of what makes a character truly compelling. The author’s descriptive ability is rudimentary at best. I never felt attached to any of the characters even as they were dying one by one. He did do a fair job of internal dialog, giving some insight to their actions but nothing was really outstanding here either, and I grew tired of “xxxx, knew what to say, but didn’t.” The plot was nearly laughable and anything but creepy or eerie. There were some definite gaping holes in the group’s feeble attempts to figure out their dilemma, and a general lack of demonstrated terror for what these people were facing. The characters were too one dimensional and lacked any real sense of desperation. They just moved from one disaster or realization to the next without any cognitive ability, resigned to their fate nearly from the beginning. Stupid, kept coming to mind for everything, the characters, the plot, the plant, the author. Is that too harsh?? Sorry, it’s just what kept going through my mind. Even the Myans seemed stupid in the story for their feeble attempts to keep people from their secret.

    Wilted in CA.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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