©1997 Robert Ludlum; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
"It's a blockbuster!" (The Wall Street Journal)
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"The Matarese Circle"
Few books that I cannot put down but this is one of them. The scope of the book is grand and the attention to detail in surroundings and characters is nicely done.
"A spy novel needs all the parts"
When Ludlum actually wrote the books he was my favorite for spy stories, so I bought this remembering how I loved the book. But this book is abridged and if I had not already read the real book I would never have understood anything about the plot, much less enjoyed the book. I will not puchase another abridged Ludlum novel, it's the detail that makes the book interesting, this book was just painful to hear after reading the real book.
This was one of the great books I have read in my teens so I thought I will re-live that feeling when I bought this book. I did not realize it was abridged, that was stupid of me, and worst, so much was missing I don't remember anything. On top of that, it won't play in my shuffle so I patiently listened to it in my computer, double frustrating. Production was bad, please refrain from background music. Narrator was okay. However, I am still a Robert Ludlum fan and nothing will change that.
Better without the background music.
"Best book ever"
This is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. Been through it 3 times now. The only downside to this presentation is that it is abridged.
"Too much missing"
This is one of the best books I have read. That being said this version is terrible. The abridged version cuts out so much of the story I felt like it was not the same book. If you want to read a good story buy the paperback.
"Good plot fast paste"
The plot was good, and fast paste, the only negative was the quality of the sound of the recording was poor or low tone. But the narrator did a good job.
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