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The Matarese Circle are the Corsican Brotherhood. Terrifying killers, their power could plunge the world into chaos and destruction within two years. Only two rival spies - and one mysterious woman - can stop them. Brandon Scofield, CIA, and the West's most professional assassin, and Vasili Taleniekov, former KGB, now wanted by the Politburo. They share a genius for espionage - and a life of terror and explosive violence. Sworn enemies, Scofield and Taleniekov have vowed to terminate each other, but now they must become allies. Because only they possess the brutal skills and ice-cold nerves vital to destroy an international circle of killers: the Matarese....

Read by Michael Prichard. Michael Prichard has played several thousand characters during his career. While he has been seen performing over a hundred of them in theatre and film, SmartMoney Magazine named him one of the Top Ten Golden Voices.

©1979 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House Audio

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  • Armand
  • 14-11-2020

Terrible Sound

The book may be good, but it is the worst audio I have ever listened to, it sounds if it was recorded in a cave speaking behind a covid mask. This makes it almost impossible to follow the storyline.

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  • Wessel
  • 05-11-2019

Poor quality narration

I actually exchanged this book due to the poor sound quality of the narration. It’s hard to believe that Audible allows this poor quality on an otherwise fantastic platform.

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  • Ian Farrow
  • 14-05-2021

Probably a good book

This book is probably a very good book. However I had to stop listening to it as the narrator's voice is beyond annoying. I actually found myself thinking this has been read by a computer. I couldn't bear it any more and have stopped listening.

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  • Sarn9
  • 05-11-2020

worst audio ever

ruined by the audio quality, please try before you buy, as the audio quality is terrible

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  • lee
  • 03-08-2020

Awful audio

Terrible production of a great book - great voice awful quality

Was really looking forward to this 😢

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  • Jeff
  • 30-05-2019

The worst narrator I’ve ever listened to

I couldn’t stand the nasal monotonous drone any longer.
I’ve read all the Ludlum books over the years and have starred to listen to them.
Aftef about an hour I just couldn’t take any more.
It’s the only book I’ve ever returned in almost twenty years of listening to audio books.
How was he ever commissioned to read a novel I cannot fathom.

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  • markfromlodz
  • 30-11-2018

Disappointing on several levels

I've given 4 stars for the performance of this audiobook. It's not so much the narrator's voice that is the problem as the quality of the recording. This was taken from an old (ooooold!!) audio recording, possibly done in the 80s or 90s. In some places, you can hear where it gets to 'the end of side 1' because the audio becomes a little muffled. In fact, there is one part (perhaps in chapter 24) where it gets so bad that they brought in another narrator to re-record a fragment. And because of the way the audiobooks were originally presented (enough to fill a C60 or C90 cassette) vs how they are presented here (each chapter is a separate file), halfway through a chapter you can tell that there was a break in the original where the narrator had to pause and have a rest.
I first came across Michael Prichard as a narrator many years ago, with a recording of the Bourne Identity. To begin with, I thought his delivery was flat and lifeless... It is, in a way, but for me he is now the gold standard. His delivery is perfect. It was only a few weeks ago that I came across a picture of him, and he looked absolutely nothing like the man I had in my head.

As for the book itself.... Urgh. Ludlum can write well, but then he can get bogged down in (ultimately) meaningless detail. If it was a physical book, you'd be skim reading, flipping pages until you got back to the actual story. As an audiobook, you just kind of have to sit there (or walk around) and take it. The bones of the story are good, but sometimes there's way too much padding. And then - without giving too much away - there are the peculiarities of a Ludlum book. Ludlum probably never visited England, but he has in his mind a certain way the English behave and --- most distractingly --- speak. And then when it comes to female-characters-who-become-love-interests, they always resort to things like 'oh my darling'. I can only imagine how I must look as I walk around town rolling my eyes.

This isn't a bad book (the 3rd Bourne Book - the Bourne Ultimatum is absolutely atrocious) but it definitely would have benefited from a more courageous editor who would have made Ludlum trim the excess.

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  • David Morfill
  • 07-04-2013

A favourite brought to life

One of my favourite of Ludlums books and it is great to have it brought to life as an audiobook. Well worth a listen

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  • Bob
  • 26-02-2021

Circles more circles and a few u-turns..

...as always Mr Ludlum keeps you close to the story, however again as always you are never quite sure how it will turn out. As always though I am afraid I find this narrator voice unenjoyable and it distract me from the book somewhat, which is a massive shame.

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  • Jo
  • 09-03-2019

When will they make a film of this?!

Loved it. Complicated story, you have to make sure you concentrate hard but amazing writing, very exciting and read really well. Highly recommended

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  • Neil
  • 17-04-2018

One of Ludlums best.

I've read most of Ludlums work. I thoroughly enjoy his craft and storytelling. Well worth a read.

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  • odysseus
  • 07-02-2018

I loved it

Engrossed from first to last page
Excellent, early Ludlum books are best, we!! Written and hugely enjoyable, VERY WELL READ,

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