Only two rival spies - and one mysterious woman - can stop them: Scofield, CIA, and Talaniekov, KGB. They share a genius for espionage - and a life of terror and explosive violence. Sworn enemies, they have vowed to terminate each other - yet now they must become allies. Because only they possess the brutal skills and ice-cold nerves vital to destroy an international circle of killers, the Matarese.
©1983 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House
This audiobook sounds like a 1940s news reel. The reader's voice is tinny and flat, and he sounds like he has a lisp. (I can't tell if it's the reader or the recording.) It's very distracting.
no one because they cannot hear it
he's not very good, no voices, but that is not the problem.
the RECORDING sparked disappointment.
You should REMOVE it from your library unless you can come up with a new recording. It sounds like it was recorded in the 40's. It is very difficult to hear
I like most of Ludlum,'s novels. Some are better than others but I did enjoy them. A fan of Ludlum will like this story as well but not the audiobook.
Fairly similar to most of his earlier books.
The narrator must hate Ludlum. There is no other way to explain the wooden performance.
None. I want the same as the book.
True torture to listen. Absolutly appalling that one has to pay for this agony. If I had not read all of the Ludlum novels and just started with this audiobook, I would never again dream of reading or listening to another. In fact if this was an example of what to expect from an audiobook, Audible would be out of business.
This just came out, why does it sound like it was recorded from something that needed to be cranked? It sounds like it was recorded in a basement, inside a box, under a blanket.
It's one of Ludlum's best. More of these should be available on Audible. It ain't all about Bourne.
Typical Ludlum pacing: first third procedural and a bit slow; second third gripping and better paced; final third all the stops come out.
I wrote this review to give a contrasting view on this narrator. MP is one of the old crowd in the narrator biz. That has plusses and minuses. He is a very reliable and articulate reader, usually. He may seem a little flat by today's standards, but so what? If Scott Brick is your ideal narrator, you probably won't like MP. And this is Robert Ludlum--if you think RL is Dostoyevsky or Dickens, MP's tone will seem wrong. Otherwise, what's the problem? This recording is pretty obviously a digitization of the original BOT recording; you can tell from the slightly muddy tone and the pitch changes at 45 minute intervals. That's the way it was back then. Audible decided to use what they had. Don't take that out on MP. He's one of the reasons this format even exists in the first place. Props to him for that.
Great story. I love spy and intrigue stories. This one had it all. I listened to The Matarese Countdown first, so I kind of did it backwards. No regrets though. Listen to both books, I guarantee you will be in for a he'll of a great ride.
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