Michael Havelock watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karas, double agent, was gunned down by his own agency. There's nothing left for him but to get out, quit the game. Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railway platform in Rome, Havelock sees Jenna. She's alive - and suddenly Havelock is a marked man, on the run from both US and Russian assassins. Racing around the globe after his beautiful betrayer, Havelock is trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top-level mole with the world in his fist - Parsifal....
Read by Scott Brick. Actor and writer Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. His stage appearances throughout the U.S. include Cyrano, Hamlet, and Macbeth. In the audio industry, Scott has won over thirty Earphone Awards, as well as the 2003 Audie Award in the Best Science Fiction category. Having recorded over 300 books to date, AudioFile Magazine named Scott "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy" and proclaimed him one of their Golden Voices.
©1982 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House Audio
This is one of the best books I've listened to. It is set during the heart of the Cold War and starts with the main character witnessing the assassination of his lover whom he believes has betrayed him and his country. He then quits the CIA and decides to tour Europe before taking up a teaching position. However his former profession won't let him go and before long he is thrust back into his former role not only to safe his life but also to safe his country.. This book is full of intrigue and so many twists and turns you'll be left guessing to the very end.
I use the audiobook service to keep me entertained and alert during my commute to work.
And this book certainly did the job perfectly. The plot is so ambitious and fast paced that you literally wait for the time to go fast that you know the next part of the story, yet the story is so good that you don't want the book to end. A must listen for all those thrill seekers.
Brilliant, if far far fetched story, although I suppose it might just happen, but in any case it kept me up all night listening to it. However, it was a bit hard to keep tabs on all the different characters, especially when they kept getting knocked off so frequently, and one can't refer back , as with the pages of a book.
None really, they all stretched the imagination a bit, but they were still all ok.
Where do I startr? The terribly contrived foreign accent, which did indeed drone on and on, and was the same for anyone who wasn't American, and then, halfway through the book he began sounding like a priest giving a service, an absolute drone, which I came to dread as I became more interested in the plot, yet he interspersed this with odd incidences of over dramatics. Mr. Ludlum, get another narrator please!
I wouldn't go to a cinema, but I'd certainly watch on TV.
This is the first book I have had by Mr Ludlum, and I am immediately going to choose another, so that says it all really!
Scott Brick's delivery is perhaps the most terrible I've ever experienced in an audiobook. Maybe he got caught up in the moment, maybe he was "over-visualising"? Regardless, it was over-dramatised, pushed too far for any listener enjoyment and seemed a product of method acting school. Dear Scott, this is an audiobook not a Broadway performance.
The story is Ludlum and there is little else to say. It was never going to set the world alight, break new ground or surprise anyone who's read a Ludlum novel in the past. But I like them and this was ruined by the awful performance. Such a shame.
Ludlam at his best.
Effortless listen. Twists & turns
If you like the Bourne books you'll love this
"217 Hours too long"
I thought it would NEVER end. So disappointing from one of my all time favourite writers. Why I kept on waiting for things to get better I just don't know. I learned an important lesson with this one. "If it's boring and confusing, it's OK to stop listening.
The Parsifal Mosaic was ridiculously over complicated and at times almost impossible to comprehend. I've never used the re-wind button so much on an audio book. I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on and who that particular character was and was he a 'goody' or a 'baddie?'
I felt it was coming from an author who was being held prisoner somewhere and being forced to write on regardless of any consideration for the poor listener.
Unless you are struggling to get to sleep at night avoid this book like the plague.
Absolutely. Good complex story and keeps you reading!
Yes, the chase was great to listen through.
The foreign ones (Foreign as in not American). He is absolutely wonderful with his accents!
Yes, the one where Haveloc had his knife to the man's eye on the forest floor. Scott did that part brilliantly!
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