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The Devil Rides Out

By: Dennis Wheatley
Narrated by: Christoper Lee
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The Devil Rides Out

Many consider it to be Dennis Wheatley's finest work, which is praise indeed for this world beating novelist. It was a huge best seller in the 1930s when it first came out, full of 1930s atmosphere, skilfully written and well researched, too - although Wheatley never practiced magic himself, he met with many of the most famous occultists of his day to make the book as authentic as possible.  

In The Devil Rides Out, the Duke de Richleau and a friend find that one of their number is missing from a reunion, and it turns out that he has fallen under the influence of a black magic sect. Disbelieving at first, the Duke and his friends soon discover that magic and the powers of darkness are still alive and very real, as they fight a series of terrific earthly and occult battles to save their friend's soul. 

The book was filmed in the 1960s, with Christopher Lee taking the lead role as the Duke, and he he is back in splendid form as he narrates for your listening pleasure.

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Masterful performance, classic story

Christopher Lee’s narration is faultless - his authoritative and versatile voice bring a breath of life to the tale. The story itself is captivating enough though clearly dated in some aspects - part of the charm or a bar to some would-be listeners is up to you.
Sufficiently creepy for a 21st century reader in places while maintaining approachability. My only complaint is the rather abrupt ending which it seems could have been better pulled together. 4/5 Stars.

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Christopher Lee (Rest in Peace) is perfection here

His voice is the right amount of creepy without being over the top, and telling the difference between characters was easy. For my first ever Audio Book, this was perfect to listen to.

Saruman can read a Dr Seuss book and it would still be perfect

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A Great Occult Adventure for Any Time

Christopher Lee is a legend and brings this tale to life. Fully engaging from start to finish and now one of my all time favorite books, especially in audiobook format. HIGHLY recommended.

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Good, if a bit dated

I enjoyed this story and remember it from the movie and reading it a very long time ago. It is a bit dated but that is to be expected. Lee’s performance was a treat.

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this deserves much, much wider renown

first of all, like all truly great audiobooks, this is the perfect marriage of content and delivery. i can not imagine any better or even any other performer for this text. christopher lee is a master. absolute master. and the text itself... it too is a masterwork of old horror/supernatural fiction. it is not as psychologically scary as the exorcist but it is a great adventure and filled with interesting information about the occult and satanism. its a bit like an indiana jones adventure with indy being the duke and the bad guy here is a satanist named mocato. and what an adventure! really amazing. just a great, great story. its definitely old, decidedly not modern or current. but that is one of its great strengths and charms. i devoured this in a day, listening in every possible moment day and night. i wont say it is truly scary (again, it didnt freak me out like the exorcist) but it is very informative and a rip-roaring adventure in the style of indiana jones but set in post-WWII europe. if you like sherlock holmes, indiana jones, body snatchers, rosemarys baby, sheridan lafanu or general occult stories... this is an absolute cant miss. i wish more people knew about this story. it really is just immensely enjoyable and a great adventure. highly, highly recommended.

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Christopher Lee Makes it worthwhile.

Decent enough story if you like the Hammer film from the 70’s. Only really worth a listen for Christopher Lee’s narration.

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  • Colin Campbell
  • 04-05-19

Classic

An old favorite movie and book , masterfully narrated by Christopher Lee - excellent listening whilst commuting , a tale so gripping that I ended up spending 30 minutes sitting in the drive one evening waiting for the end of the chapter.

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  • Simon T
  • 06-05-19

Superb narration by Sir Christopher Lee

Great story rattling along at a decent pace. Narrated by what must surely be the best possible choice of actor, Sir Christopher Lee, who played the Duc de Richleau in the 1968 film of the book. Truly excellent choice - well played, Audible.
Recommended

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  • Sandy Robertson
  • 05-05-21

Ride on!

Though I'm familiar with Sir Christopher Lee's voice, I was pleasantly surprised to hear him do the characters in the book in all their different accents. He does a nice job of voicing the villainous Satanist Mocata in an approximation of the dulcet tones of Charles Gray who played the part on screen. Sir Christopher is the ideal person to read Dennis Wheatley's classic as he was the one who convinced Hammer films to make the movie version in which he starred.
I read some parts of the book while listening and was surprised that while it's not abridged as such, there are places where a few words here and there have been inexplicably omitted or altered for no apparent reason. Nevertheless it's a five star listen.

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  • Graham G Grant
  • 04-22-20

Occult caper

The film unnerved me as a child, and the memory of evil beings called forth in a chalk pentacle, drawn on the floor of a grand English home, has stayed with me for years. Re-watching as an adult reveals the movie as more of a weirdly camp horror — but with some classic moments, a great cast, and fantastic performances. The novel is from the 1930s (the film was made in the ‘60s). It’s one of a series with increasingly outlandish plots, starring the same central character - the Duke de Richleau - played by Christopher Lee in the film of The Devil Rides Out. His narration here is spot-on: portentous, and pitch perfect. Indeed, it’s the best reason to get this audiobook. The plot itself is an occult caper - it’s bonkers stuff. But it’s well-written with plenty of action and some great scenes. Fans of the film should give this a try; but even if you’ve never heard of it, get it to listen to Lee.

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  • Dawn Robertson
  • 05-17-22

Dated

Read this book many moons ago and remembered enjoying it greatly.
However, it is very much a product of its age.
Filled with the casual racism and entitlement of its 1940/50’s upper class English author.
The occult as described feels very mumbo jumbo and slapped together compared to a modern fantasy novel. The baddies are all foreign, lower class or have some disfigurement or disability.
Christoper Lees narration is the best part of the experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-22

Dramatic and quite fast moving

Christopher Lee presents the characters in a believable way and racks up the tension well

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-03-22

Excellent

I have enjoyed the film and this was better. Christopher Lee is a legend and there could be no better narrator.
Superb author I will look for more of his works

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  • RazorGrrl
  • 10-29-22

The Devil rides again ...

First, there was the book, then the classic Hammer film version, and now there's the audio book - I never tire of "The Devil Rides Out' even though it's been over 40 years since I 'discovered' the author. As a teenager, I read a lot of Dennis Wheatley, and at the time was -as far as I can remember - completely unaware of the casual racism permeating the novel almost from page one ... This hasn't dated it well, I must admit, and some of the racial stereotypes and unconsciously racist as misogynistic language and terminology did make me wince even as I enjoyed the cracking pace, memorable characters and always brilliant narration by Christopher Lee. Just keep reminding yourself of when it was written, and don't expect political correctness, (sic) ... Overall a great version of a period classic.

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  • LMC
  • 05-10-22

Great performance of a rather disappointing book

I haven't read Wheatley since I was a teenager, but I've always loved the Hammer film adaptation of this book (starring Christopher Lee). Sadly, The Devil Rides Out is a bit of a pot-boiler, and it is to Hammer's credit that their film trims the fat from this rather flabby book. Lee, of course, is magnificent in his reading; his characterisations are superb. His advanced age doesn't detract much from the performance, though I confess to having fallen asleep once or twice due to his mellow tones. Despite the wonderful reading, don't rush to get this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-07-22

abridged version

never noticed when I bouught it that it was an abridged version, well narrated but a disappointment

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  • dave
  • 04-05-19

The Devil rides out (Christopher Lee, abridged)

Bought mainly for the wonderful voice of Christopher Lee. Not keen on abridged versions but the story is still good. I did prefer Nick Mercer's unabridged version as the story hangs together better and Mercer is a fine performer but Lee's voice is pure joy