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- Listening Length: 19 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 Aug. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008YH4638
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The Matarese Circle is a brilliant read. Fast-paced, exciting and the real crux of the book is the unlikely partnership of it's two lead roles - Scofield and Taleniekov. Ludlum's description of the action is always good and it doesn't disappoint in this book.
If you like Ludlum this book is a must. Also, The Janson Directive is highly recommended too.
Someone should make more of Ludlum's books into films.
The hucksters and pretenders who have swooped in on Ludlum’s lucrative legacy since his death in 2001 really should hang their heads in shame – it’s a lucrative form of mimesis but, on the evidence of the 1980s alone, no-one is ever going to get close to him in terms for complexity, verisimilitude and the kind of understated sprachgefühl that makes it all so damn readable. This really is the point where he breaks out of his nonage and explodes into full-fledged superstar mode, practically forging single-handedly a genre of such audacity and brilliance that so many of his ideas have been recycled to death now due to their sheer potency first time round: there’s nothing left to try that Ludlum didn’t invent.
Do not be misled by the cover apparently depicting a man peeing off the edge of a cliff: this is a Very Serious Book, possibly a bit too poker-faced and maybe 50 pages too long, with little of the first section’s spiralling brilliance once that is past. Nevertheless, as an insight into espionage it’s probably second to none, with the entire plot shifting sometimes in the space of a sentence, or a situation reversed entirely on account of a lighted cigarette, the ramifications of every action cascading through the plot at light speed. He was a one of a kind author, and deserves to be read more widely, and for the books he actually wrote. Well, here’s as good a place to start as any...
After Jason Bourne, probably his two best two characters!
In recent years a few of his films have been made in to movies, and this one should really be next!
After the "Bourne Identity", it is probably Roberts best page-turner and a really gripping story!
Only down side is Roberst lack of being able to write a man-woman relationship and not make it sound like a bad eppisode of "Hart to Hart", but if you look past the "Oh my Darling how much I love you" stuff, it is a REALLY great story and a great addition to anyones book shelf!
I'm not alogether sure about this book. On occasions I've read books that have been set in the 1970s and the author often likes to remind the reader about the amount of research he did about the period. There's none of that showing off in this book, because it was written in the 1970s for a 1970s audience (who presumeably knew much of what he was talking about first hand).
Having said that, however, I will say that the book might feel dated to the reader now, because it appeals to a 1970s sensibility, rather than a 2000s one and trust me, there's a difference. The other thing is, other than fights, not much happens for long periods. It took a third of the book to bring the two agents together (when having them being ordered would have achieved as much in 200 less pages). It took another third of a book for the two agents to come up with a plan, so by the time the agents finally did something I was mentally urging them to get on with it already.
So all in all not a great book, but it might occupy you if you've nothing to entertain you on a long flight!
Sadly, his books have aged very quickly and are very dated now...'The Matarese Circle' in particular.
Two cold war agents, one from USA and one from USSR who have history and are sworn to kill each other are plunged into a far greater war in which they must work together to stop global domination by a mysterious cartel....typical Ludlum! Hunted by agents from both their respective countries, the action moves across Europe and North America. As ever with Ludlum,pace is the key, but I did find the dialogue tired and full of cliches and now, all these years on from its original 1979 publication, it all seems silly and totally unbelieavable.
Times have changed and sadly those times have not been kind to Robert Ludlum's conspiracy thrillers. His next novel though was to be his best, the timeless 'The Bourne Identity' which does still stand the test of time...
He brought us great entertainment in a bygone time, he died only a few months before the world changed due to 9/11 and I do miss him. I hope one day his books will come back in to vogue, if not relevence.
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First read years ago, now appears dated but nonetheless an enjoyable read as are all of Ludlums books. Recommended as one of his better booksPublished 9 months ago by M. Stevens