The Parsifal Mosaic

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 28 hrs and 5 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (326 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Michael Havelock's world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava. He watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karats, double agent, was efficiently gunned down by his own agency. There was nothing left for him but to quit the game, get out.

Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock saw his Jenna alive. From then on, he was marked for death by both U.S. and Russian assassins, racing around the globe after his beautiful betrayer, trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top-level mole with the world in his fist.

©1983 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Mr. Ludlum's narrative imagination is a force of nature." ( The New York Times)
"Massive melodrama... Ludlum does know how to put on a show." ( Chicago Tribune)
"A crackling good yarn." ( Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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A twisted spy novel

What did you love best about The Parsifal Mosaic?

The best thing I liked about this book is the way that they kept you guessing who was the top enemy spy until near the end of the book.

What did you like best about this story?

Scott Brick does a good job of portraying the characters and keeping them real.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is when the enemy spy master sends people to kill the doctor and his body guards only to find out that it's a trap so he sends another of his teams to take out the first team he sent so they can't get caught in the trap, really cold.

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Lumbering Ludlum

It is a good thing Robert Ludlum writes a good adventure because this book is long and full of great detail. To tell the truth I selected it over several I was considering because of Scott Brick who I think is fantastic. If you are feeling that you want to get lost in an endless story this is a great choice.

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Maybe My Favorite Ludlum

Robert Ludlum was clearly a formula writer. However, I always enjoy his formula. While some of his other titles have sold more, and\or been made into feature films, this one may be my favorite. This story pulled me in more than most other Ludlum works, and surprised me at several turns. If you like the Ludlum formula, or like mystery and espionage novels in general, you should give this one a listen. I’m not sure this was the right voice for this audiobook. But, it is well executed. You might wish it had been a different voice, but you couldn’t ask this voice to perform it any better.

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the narrator isn't right for the story

the lilting rhythm of the narrator was completely at odds with the intrinsic tension of the "spy thriller" making it almost unbearable to finish.

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The Parsifal Mosaic complex confusing well written

The Parsifal Mosaic is a well written, complex, somewhat confusing Cold War spy novel written by a guy who used to do voices in commercials. The narrator, Scott Brick does a great job with the voices of the many characters in the book. Czech and Russian language are throughout the novel. It's worth a read. Rest in peace, Mr. Ludlum.

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Ludlum in his classic period

This is Robert Ludlum at his best. Great locales, global larger-than-life conspiracies, a strong male lead, a cheesy (but enjoyable) none-too-expressive female lead, and non-stop action. But this one has a great twist at the end, as the distinction between villain and savior becomes quite blurry. A long, at times silly, but always enjoyable listen, narrated expertly by Mr. Brick. Recommended.

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One of my favorites!

First read it over 30 years ago! It still stands up over time. Great book, great story!

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Riveting Story

Strong story with fairly straight line to end. Gets tedious at times due to "over-telling" (too many details). Overall very good and suspenseful.

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Once again, goes beyond awesome!

It's been awhile since I last read a Ludlum book. I forgot how great of an author he truly was. Exciting storyline that inserts the reader into a worldwide journey.

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A Good As Reading It

Where does The Parsifal Mosaic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

By far one of the better books

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. A rich environment and non-stop thrills and suspense is why I have come back to this book again and again.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

His ability to maintain different characters' voices throughout the novel.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Beautifully narrated. Wonderful to have in any collection.