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Summary

It begins in Geneva. There American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn't seen in 20 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 darkest corners of Europe, he is forced to play a game of survival by blood-rules he thought he'd long left behind. And only Converse, and the woman he once loved and lost, can wrest the world from the iron grasp of Aquitaine....

Read by Rob Shapiro. Rob Shapiro is a voice actor, narrator, musician, and writer. In his spare time, he is working on his first book.

©1984 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Aquitaine Progression - brilliant

I loved this book almost as much as I disliked Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. The Aquitane Progression is full of suspense and manages to be both descriptive and fast paced at the same time. The plot is on the edge of fantastic - just the thing to appeal to conspiracy theorists, but a jolly good romp for all that.

The only aspect which I felt could have been worked better was the dialogue between Converse and his ex wife towards the latter part of the book; it felt quite stilted and fake.

I thought Rob Shapiro was very believable as the narrator of this book.

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  • Gareth
  • Potters Bar, United Kingdom
  • 14-01-16

Good but long

A very good book, very read, but very long! Ideal for a tour across Europe!

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Mildly disappointing

I was really looking forward to a gripping conspiracy theory, unfortunately, the book didn't really deliver as a whole, it was ok, but nothing more. The narrator had his work cut out as essentially (and without giving too much away) the book covers a number of countries and their associated accents and dialects, this proved very confusing for most of the book where there were two people in conversation from the same country, there wasn't a lot of inflection in the narrator's voice between those characters, finally whilst the story was delivered ok, it fell short on suspense for me, I love a good suspense book, but this in places was very slow, some of the military references were confusing or unnecessary and the reflections into the main characters past were confusing to the current day story. The main story and the character building was solid in some places and bulky in others so I felt that the book didn't flow as well as it could have.

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Great Story, Fabulous Narration

Typical Ludlum: plot within a plot within a plot. The narration is excellent. Rob Shapiro is very expressive and his vocalisations of the characters are just great.

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not for me.

far too long.Could have been cut to half the length. hours of filler, not much thriller......

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excellent book and well performed!

admittedly lost concentration a few times as some parts were slow and/or dull.. BUT i found myself back tracking as i soon learned they were important to the story!! very good book, very good story, and very good performance!!!

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Brilliant Book As Good If Not Better Than Bourne!

Took a couple of chapters to get into and then there was no stopping. Really complex and clever story lots of twists and turns. Great character development and really believable situation.

I'd tried reading a Ludlum that wasn't Bourne before and disliked it so was apprehensive about this but all my fears were allayed and I really got into it, listening at every available moment.

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absolutely brilliant

it's a damn good story listen, absorb,and most of all enjoy a well constructed story

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Far too much detail

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This started with an intriguing plot and had the makings of a good book. But it seemed to be an edifice built on sand - even the analogy with the old Aquitaine Empire was tenuous. Huge amounts of irrelevant details, leading to a book so long it required constant repetition of the basic plot and characters in case the reader had forgotten what was going on. And some spectacularly bad decisions by a hero who we had been led to believe was very bright, led to a disappointing finale.

Any additional comments?

If you have a long car journey to get through, this will deliver, and Joel's frustratingly bad decisions will stop you falling asleep at the wheel. Otherwise, select a book with more substance.

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  • 17-05-14

could not get in too it

tried several times but found it long winded and in the end gave up with it.