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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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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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  • William
  • Kennesaw, GA, United States
  • 05-25-15

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.

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The Prototypical "Thriller" Novel

I had long been aware of Dennis Wheatley's occult novels, but only recently decided to give one of them a try (I'd first read of them in an interview with Black Sabbath's bass player, Geezer Butler, on whom they exerted a big influence). For some reason I was under the impression that _The Devil Rides Out_ is a novel in the "occult horror" genre and that Wheatley is a horror writer, but I realized that I was mistaken by the time I was about a third of the way into the story. _The Devil Rides Out_ is not a horror novel, as I had expected. However, I wasn't at all disappointed. This is a solid, first-rate thriller that I found immensely enjoyable. Wheatley in the end is probably more Ian Fleming than Stephen King (although his prose style is a bit more lush than either of those writers), and I would be willing to bet that he influenced many authors in the first wave of modern thriller writing (Frederick Forsyth, Ken Follett, etc.).

The narrative is structured thus: A young man comes under the influence of a cult leader who gives off the appearance of a Crowleyesque charlatan and pretender but who nevertheless possesses considerable charisma and personal magnetism. He is clearly evil, but those who fall under his sway are unable to see it. The first part of the novel revolves around the attempt of this young man's friends to intervene on his behalf and get him out from under the influence of this black magician; to rescue him from the clutches of the cult. I won't say whether or not the attempt is successful, because I want this review to remain spoiler-free. But the second half of the novel is a wildly suspenseful race-against-time wherein the protagonists (good guys) attempt to thwart the above-mentioned "magician" from conducting a bloody human sacrifice to Satan. Again, keeping it spoiler-free, so I won't say anything more about the outcome. Suffice it say that Wheatley had very good commercial instincts and he really knew how to turn out a pulse-pounding, ripping good story. I you like a good thriller and don't mind the exotic element of Satanism (which Wheatley definitely does NOT put in a positive light) thrown in, then you will probably enjoy this story.

It is almost unbelievable that such a wild story about Satanism and human sacrifice would be published in the 1930s, and garner such a wide and enthusiastic readership!

Nick Mercer's voice is a perfect fit for this novel. No complaints on that score.

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  • Bob
  • 04-22-14

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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  • Kingston1919
  • 04-13-13

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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  • Peter - Cheshire
  • 10-01-17

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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  • P J Faulkner
  • 02-25-17

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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  • Daz Nugent
  • 01-01-16

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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  • Frank M.
  • 07-26-15

Liked the film, but loved the book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil Rides Out to be better than the print version?

A great story, great performance. Loved it.

Which character – as performed by Nick Mercer – was your favourite?

The duc - reminded me of Christopher Lee in the old Hammer movie

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

The movie was a childhood favourite of mine, so it was great to finally know the full story

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 07-16-15

gripping story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes but the story was far too long to do so.











Any additional comments?

this story held my attention from the beginning as duc and rick search for their friend to the black mass, which is described and why various items are there, to the end.
nick mercer did a good job performing the story bringing so much more to the atmosphere and pace of the book than smply reading the story.

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  • Adaline
  • 04-07-15

Excellent read

I read this book several years ago but when I saw it here on Audible, I was compelled to buy it.
Even though it is an old book, the tale is interesting and credible. I enjoyed it immensely. This one will have you peering at the shadows.

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  • Simon
  • 01-26-14

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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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 11-05-13

Rides in a clown car

The devil rode out and ambled to a halt. I was reliably informed this was really scary and would freak me out! What went wrong? It was all, "Jolly good, tally ho, how now brown cow", fops getting into devil worship and realising that, wait....., it's bad! Pretty naff I'm afraid.

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