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The Hades Factor Audiobook

The Hades Factor: A Covert-One Novel

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In the first installment of an exciting new series from Robert Ludlum, a teenage girl in Atlanta, an Army major in California, and a homeless man in Boston all die a horrible and painful sudden death from the devastating effects of an unknown virus. Lt. Col. Jonathan Smith, a combat doctor attached to the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, is assigned to solve the mystery of the virus' abrupt appearance. But as the death count rapidly mounts by the dozens, hundreds, thousands - in America, and around the world - Smith finds himself trapped in a maelstrom of mystery and danger.

Hardly knowing where to turn or whom to trust, Smith assembles a ragtag private team to aid him in his search for the truth behind the deadly virus - a quest that will lead them to the highest levels and darkest corners of the globe.

©2000 by Myn Pyn LLC; (P)2000 by Audio Renaissance, an Imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.

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    Harry Watauga, TT, USA 03-18-08
    Harry Watauga, TT, USA 03-18-08
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    "Super!"

    I listened to this on a friends recommendation, after reading the Ambler Alert.....this "book" is hard to put down once you get started! I've stayed up many a night trying to find a good stopping point so I can resume next day- that was difficult! Looking forward to listening to the rest in the series. Great "read"!

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    Alton A. Ivory 06-10-04 Member Since 2013

    I have been an avid audible listener foot quite some time.it has helped me stay sharp and entertained as well.

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    "great book!"

    I love anything from Robert ludlum. I got hooked listening to his books when i used to drive over the road. you'll like the characters and the exciting flow from continent to continent. this is the first in a series and i think there are 4 books so far . go ahead and get this book

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    dnafyf36 85207 06-22-16
    dnafyf36 85207 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story"

    Loved it so much im purchasing another in the series! Narration was an easy listen as well.

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    Amazon Customer 08-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This book is great for SIGMA fans!"

    I was so sad when I finished Baldacci's SIGMA series, but with extreme luck I stumbled onto this series. A little different but I promise it won't disappoint!

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    Michael Z. 03-18-15
    Michael Z. 03-18-15
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    "Good story but only okay audio"

    Very good story and a true classic. the only down side is the audio contains many 10 to 15 second repeats. much more than any other audio book I have listened to. unfortunately they become quite annoying and get in the way of enjoying a great story.

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    Samuel 05-28-13
    Samuel 05-28-13
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    "Good Book, Marginal Editorial Work"
    Where does The Hades Factor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good book but one of the few books that had very poor editorial work. I counted seven areas where the sentences were repeated. I did not like the initial part of the book narration, like the narrator was trying to get me to understand what he was saying instead of letting me listen.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, initial narration was slow and seven areas were repeated.


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    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 05-15-13
    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 05-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the usual Ludlum but still good"

    I am a die-hard Ludlum fan. I have been reading/listening to his books all my adult life. I usually find his intricate plots, twists and turns totally engaging. There were a few disappointing lapses in this book. For instance, the lead character drove a very distinctive sports car to the home of a computer guru friend without a thought that it was easily trackable. Hello?? Granted, this was a minor point, but it was quite unusual for Ludlum books and was disappointing. There were a few more like this that I won't mention and spoil anything. The audio had numerous sequences where phrases or even sentences were repeated. Didn't an editor listen to the final result? The narrator was pretty good but all his British accents sounded a lot like Cary Grant! Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen. It is the first of a the Covert One series and I really like to listen to series books in order and am glad I started this series. But it is not even in the same league as "The Parsifal Mosaic" or the Bourne series novels, all by Ludlum, which had much more developed characters and more intricate plots.

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    Simon Riverhills, Australia 02-24-13
    Simon Riverhills, Australia 02-24-13
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    "Great story, great narrator, sloppy editor"

    Fantastic story, kept me fully engaged even though I had previously read it (many years ago).

    Narrator was also excellent.

    What did let it down though was really lazy editing. I came across repeated sequences, sometimes only a sentence, sometimes longer, on at least a dozen occasions :(

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    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-17-12
    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "From the beginning to end!"

    Here's another one where it's trouble to put down. The excitement starts right at the beginning and not only goes to the end but right into the next book of the series The Cassandra Option. To make the story more believable there is a lot of accuracy in the locations in the book. I've been to some of them and almost can recognize what the characters are looking at. It's a book you won't regret reading.

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    Benedict SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 07-08-12
    Benedict SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Robert Ludlum is a Baws"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hades Factor the most enjoyable?

    I truly enjoy almost any book written by/with Robert Ludlum... many people criticize his styles. However I have always found his books rich with character, cleverly written and always exciting. And sometimes downright funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the medical information and theme of the story, it actually got me interested in fields i knew very little about and i ended up taking more classes in biology because of it.


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is mesmerizing, i grew up listening to his books and Michael Prichard has one of the finest voices of these times.


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

    absolutely i would find myself procrastinating so i could listen more.


    Any additional comments?

    This series but especially this book is one of the best written by Ludlum and a true send off to a great writer. R.I.P.

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