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When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise.

With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn't possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artifacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors.

The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn't come easy among these ancient trees....

©2011 Adam Nevill (P)2018 Tantor

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AMAZING AND SCARY

I had an actual visceral physical reaction to the ending of this book. I became physically distressed. I love horror and it has been a while since I felt this way about a book. Amazing imagery and very very well written.

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Absolutely loved! Fantastic narrator too

I checked this out after watching the Netflix movie and absolutely loved it!!!! Perfect narrator too. I will definitely be reading more books from this author.

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Interesting, but long winded

What did you like best about The Ritual? What did you like least?

I liked the premise, history and introduction to a different culture that had never been on my radar before.

Would you recommend The Ritual to your friends? Why or why not?

I would not recommend to every friend, but certainly to those who I know would appreciate at least the same elements I did about the book.

What about Matthew Lloyd Davies’s performance did you like?

Good voice, not overly dramatic. Maybe a little hard to understand in the latter portions of the book, but it added to the characters and the situation; rather than being an annoyance.

Could you see The Ritual being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Actually read the book because I saw the film very recently.

Any additional comments?

I feel like the story could have been trimmed down; it seemed to get bogged down a little in the second half and lost some of its momentum. That being said; there were some genuinely creepy and unsettling parts; overall a fun read.

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Really great!

Nevill is so descriptive when it comes to what these characters are facing that many times I felt I could hear and smell the environments myself! I listed to this after watching the movie and wish I had done the reverse (who would've thought?!). I enjoyed the movie and loved the book even more. Some of the plot that did not make it into the movie (and, after some research, is not even that popular amongst a handful of readers) I found to be some of my favorite aspects of the story. Davies does an awesome job with the accents and inflection and really reads it as I imagine I would do so myself.

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Disappointing

The first 3/4 was drawn out and seemed to go nowhere. Then enter characters with ridiculous sounding vampire voices yet the story at least started to get going somewhere. Actually became very suspenseful and eerie briefly but alas it was drawn out to a painful irritation where I just wanted it to come to a culmination of some kind. And finally, after suspecting a weird or tragic ending several things happened that were not explained and then it just sorta snuffed itself out. Seemed like the author couldn’t make up his mind what to do with the ending and so drug it on and didn’t end up doing anything special. I will say that the last part of the book was full of suspense and action, BUT it just didn’t end up going anywhere or ending with any kinda of wow moment at all.
Overall it felt very much like a bad B-rated movie! Im very disappointed and feel like I wasted my time with the first 3/4 of a pitiful book just because I wanted to see what it was all about only to end up being terrible anyway. This is another I should ask for my credit back!

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Hokey, not horror

The first half is centered around four bickering dudes getting hopelessly lost in the woods and then getting terrorized by an unseen something. Second half switches to an idiotic Death Metal band (voiced very badly by the narrator) and endless nihilistic noodling from Luke and band leader Loki. Yawn........

So bad I stopped two hours from the end.

I thought maybe the Netflix adaptation did something good with the story. Nope, they had characters so poorly drawn and absent of any characterization, I suddenly became nostalgic for the pitiful Death Metal band.

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Good and Dark

It was a good and dark and definitely keeps you hooked but the end is where the book lost its luster for me. Maybe it was just my interpretation but I definitely recommend.

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Awesome

Amazing horror novel for the hiking enthusiast; amazing narrative performance. Loved the pacing and style.

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Hate to be “That” person

But the book is far superior to the movie. Fully recommend.
The writing is tense and keeps ya listening and the performance is equal to the material. Well done Adam Nevill & Matthew Lloyd Davies. Well done.

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Was really good until 1/2 through

Wow! The last 1/2 of this story was BAD!! The really overdone Swedish? accents that came into play made it worse.

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