The Aquitaine Progression

A Novel
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (258 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It begins in Geneva. There American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn't seen in twenty years, a covert operative who dies violently at his feet, whispering words that hand Converse a staggering legacy of death: "THE GENERALS... THEY'RE BACK... AQUITAINE!" Suddenly Converse is running for his life, alone with the world's most shattering secret. Pursued by anonymous executioners to the dark corners of Europe, he is forced to play a game of survival by blood rules he thought he'd long left behind. One by one, he traces each thread of a deadly progression to the hear of every major government - a network of coordinated global violence that no one believes possible. No one but Converse and the woman he once loved and lost. The only two people on earth who can wrest the world from the iron grasp of Aquitaine.

©2012 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"You won't be able to put it down. (Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day.)" ( Chicago Sun-Times)

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It won't let you down.

Like most of Ludlams books, this is hard to put down. Most of the writers that tried to copy his ideas just can't hold water.

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a bit long

way too long ... at times it dragged ... but great story line ... that ended abruptly

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Dry Dogfood

I have always liked Ludlum books but this was too much. I knew it was a long read but didn't expect a book that was mostly filler, just like a cheap dry dogfood. I don't read abridged books but this one really needs to edit out about 40%. They can do that and not lose any of the story,, storyline, or verbal images. Rob Shapario did a decent job with what he had to work with. He must have been really exhausted by the time he finished trying to make this an exciting story. The core story was good but it was very difficult to stay with it all the way to the end.

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FANTASTIC

Narration was excellent! THIS book should be read by every US CITIZEN. This could be happening right now - TO US. READ - ENJOY - but pay attention. Ludlum has nailed it.

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The Aquitaine Progression well written complex

The Aquitaine Progression is a well written, complex, somewhat confusing international thriller intrigue novel written by a guy who used to do voices in commercials. The narrator, Rob Shapiro does an outstanding job with the voices of the many characters in the book. German, French, Dutch and a sprinkling of a few other European languages are throughout the novel. It's worth a read. Rest in peace, Mr. Ludlum.

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Story not up to usual Ludlum standards

The story lacked much of the suspense and clarity I have grown to love in Ludlum books. I strayed from my plan to purchase first the books that I have loved and reread in the past. This was my first download of new material. Probably was not my best choice. The narration was mostly fine, but used an automaton-like delivery for one of the characters that I found difficult to listen to after first few lines.

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Boring, boring, boring.

I really tried to finish this. I got to the last 3 hrs and simply could NOT listen to another word.

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Narrator ruins the story

I think the narrator was hired because he can do accents decently (which the books calls for) but unfortunately he has only one voice. The first 20-30min of this story sounds like one guy (the narrator) having a conversation with himself (and additionally throwing some third person details in exactly the same voice) When the protagonist (Converse) is talking to someone from another country you can at least tell which character is speaking (even if it does only sound like the main character w/ an affectation) but it’s a stretch to call listening to it enjoyable. The story itself might merit more than 3 stars if it were not being presented in such a mono-dimensional fashion but I’m so turned off at the moment I doubt I will bother to find out.

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Amazingly relevant for today!

This principle ideas provide a fascinating analogy for today's 2017 political climate. Really enjoyed Ludlum's book!

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great story and narrator!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Bourne series. the narrator did a fantastic job

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