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Police officer David Hanlin is asked to investigate the presumed murder of a child in an obscure rural village in Cornwall. During the protagonist's short stay, he is slowly subjected to a spectacle of psychological trickery, sexual seduction, ancient religious practices and nightmarish sacrificial rituals. Shrouded in the same brand of mystery and contradiction that forms its tangled plot, Ritual, the 1967 debut by playwright David Pinner, is commonly recognised to be the basis for the 1973 film, The Wicker Man, which has enthralled and inspired generations of film enthusiasts throughout the world.

©1967 David Pinner (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Allan
  • 03-20-14

So bad I could not finish it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A total re-write. Story is superficial, full of cliches and writing smug, constantly drawing attention to how clever the writer believed himself. It's all yarn and no substance.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrated to slowly which made it even more painful to listen to. Had to play it double speed before giving up after hearing the first third of the tale

Any additional comments?

The Wicker Man is a great film, supposedly in part based on The Ritual. Thankfully Anthony Shaffer's screenplay didn't take too much notice of this book.

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  • Daz Nugent
  • 07-21-16

Vintage 1960s pagan mystery thriller

If you could sum up Ritual in three words, what would they be?

Classic Folk Horror

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

Ric Jerrom's patient delivery is on the mark - it allows the listener time to digest Pinner's flowery literary flourishes.

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

Intrigue.

Any additional comments?

See amazon for reviews of this Wicker Man ancestor novel. I wish to compliment Ric Jerrom's performance. I read the novel a couple of years before hearing this audio book and am impressed with his patient delivery. There is a lot of rural, pagan descriptive imagery that could so easily flood the listener. Listening to this was an enjoyable, thrilling companion during long dog walks around rural England.