Does not listen like ludnam - perfectly bad in all aspects: writing, reading, directing. Our intrepid hero breaks trough the ice in a stream in the Russian winter, struggels to get out on limbs that are numb with cold walks miles to the house of his love and goes on an idylic horse back ride. The readers range is a repeating three tone and moves from one time, person, and place to another without a breath or pause.
Veteran readers will probably spot the big denouement 1/3 of the way through the book, but the plot moves quickly enough to still make it interesting. I have to say, though, the protagonist is definitely not the brightest bulb in the box, which always frustrates me a bit. All in all, vintage Ludlum.
If you like comic book characters, telegraphic moronic dialog, verbal filler, and an all too familiar plot, then this is your book. The only redeeming feature is the game attempt by the narrator to breath life into this turkey.
This was not the Robert Ludlum I have always loved. Unfortunately I saved it to listen to on a long overseas flight and it only added to the tedium of the time on board. About one fourth of the way through, I wished I hadn't started it. It was a chore to complete. The main character is not the brightest bulb on the tree and the long descriptions of scenery and clothing smacked more of a romance novel. Read at you own risk.