• The Aquitaine Progression

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (342 ratings)

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The Aquitaine Progression

By: Robert Ludlum
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
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Publisher's Summary

It begins in Geneva. There American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn't seen in twenty 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 dark corners of Europe, he is forced to play a game of survival by blood rules he thought he'd long left behind. One by one, he traces each thread of a deadly progression to the hear of every major government - a network of coordinated global violence that no one believes possible. No one but Converse and the woman he once loved and lost. The only two people on earth who can wrest the world from the iron grasp of Aquitaine.

©2012 Robert Ludlum (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"You won't be able to put it down. (Don't ever begin a Ludlum novel if you have to go to work the next day.)" ( Chicago Sun-Times)

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Dry Dogfood

I have always liked Ludlum books but this was too much. I knew it was a long read but didn't expect a book that was mostly filler, just like a cheap dry dogfood. I don't read abridged books but this one really needs to edit out about 40%. They can do that and not lose any of the story,, storyline, or verbal images. Rob Shapario did a decent job with what he had to work with. He must have been really exhausted by the time he finished trying to make this an exciting story. The core story was good but it was very difficult to stay with it all the way to the end.

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It won't let you down.

Like most of Ludlams books, this is hard to put down. Most of the writers that tried to copy his ideas just can't hold water.

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Shot off the dogs head.

What disappointed you about The Aquitaine Progression?

Too much reference to animal suffering, then in the 2nd part of the book the dogs head was shot off.

What could Robert Ludlum have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop with the animal killing.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too many of the characters sounded the same. It was difficult to follow.

Any additional comments?

Does anyone out there write a descent crime novel WITHOUT animal suffering and killing? I keep returning these books and I've requested that Audible rate their books so that people like me don't repeatedly purchase and return this garbage. I absolutely hate it. Is anyone listening? It is NOT necessary to include animal killing and suffering when it has nothing to do with the story. Why can't there be a rating system to prevent this? How many times do I have to say, I HATE THIS!

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a bit long

way too long ... at times it dragged ... but great story line ... that ended abruptly

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Story not up to usual Ludlum standards

The story lacked much of the suspense and clarity I have grown to love in Ludlum books. I strayed from my plan to purchase first the books that I have loved and reread in the past. This was my first download of new material. Probably was not my best choice. The narration was mostly fine, but used an automaton-like delivery for one of the characters that I found difficult to listen to after first few lines.

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FANTASTIC

Narration was excellent! THIS book should be read by every US CITIZEN. This could be happening right now - TO US.
READ - ENJOY - but pay attention. Ludlum has nailed it.

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Amazingly relevant for today!

This principle ideas provide a fascinating analogy for today's 2017 political climate. Really enjoyed Ludlum's book!

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great story and narrator!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Bourne series. the narrator did a fantastic job

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One of the best Ludlunm novels

I've read and heard almost all the Ludlum novels and this is about the best one so far. (my opinion anyway)

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Brilliant!

Many have said this book was slow and too “wordy”. So I was hesitant. Soooo glad I listened anyway. This is not a pure action-packed super agent story. It’s almost an every-man story that’s a bit more cerebral. But there’s definitely no lack of action and suspense! Frankly this was refreshing because the typical Bourne-type books are getting too predictable. I recommend this one for a nice change of pace