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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,084 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553751383
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American agent Harry Latham has penetrated the fortresslike mountain hideaway of the Brotherhood of the Watch, a neo-Nazi organization that was born in the days after the fall of the Third Reich. But on the eve of his most spectacular success, after three years in deep cover, Harry disappears.
 
Drew Latham, Special Officer for Consular Operations in Paris, is frantic to discover his older brother’s fate. But when Drew receives the good news that Harry has surfaced, gut-twisting doubts arise. For Harry has emerged with an explosive document: a list of secret supporters of the Brotherhood, among them high-ranking officials of the United States and its allies. But is it legitimate? The search for the truth about Harry and the growing Nazi threat will plunge Drew into a labyrinth of deceit and death. And whoever makes it out alive will hold the fate of the free world in his hands.
 
Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Apocalypse Watch
 
“A powerful, exploding novel . . . vintage Ludlum in fine form.”Booklist
 
“If a Pulitzer Prize were awarded for escapist fiction, Robert Ludlum undoubtedly would have won it. Ten times over.”Mobile Register
 
“Bloody great fun.”Kirkus Reviews


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Quotes & Awards

  • “A taut book that spares nobody.”

    New York Times

  • “A fascinating, meaty spine-tinger.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Smith | 2/19/2014

    " At times the dialog is horrid, the ending is preposterous, and I couldn't put it down. I had to go buy it in a used bookstore to finish it because we found it in our cottage at Mackinac Island. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill Thomas | 2/18/2014

    " To much excruciating detail. Not a fast read. Afraid I could never really get going with this one. I find that many of Ludlum's books have this affect on me. Suppose confusion and uncertainty are part of the spy craft, if so Apocalyse Watch has that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Homer H. | 2/10/2014

    " Good read! I didn't realize it was 780 pages until it ended. Filled with surprises on every chapter. There's a killing every day in the story. Along the way, I learned some French and German words. It makes me now wonder how threatening is the Nazi threat today? I've read some articles in the 1980"s how the Nazis have teamed up with the Klan, and that they have a leader. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 2/2/2014

    " Ugh. We can all agree that Ludlum's dialogue is a really easy target, right? Like everyone else, there are some books that just aren't my cup of tea, but this book has been the first in which I really enjoyed the turns of events and liked the characters well enough, but would literally get angry with Ludlum that he was soaking those great factors in such obnoxious dialogue. There seems to be a 1:1:1 ratio of action description, character development, and dialogue so unnecessary, so inauthentic, and so self-indulgent as to give up on reading the book all the way through. The worst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/24/2014

    " If you want a good conspiracy story, just add Nazis "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D. M. Webb | 1/21/2014

    " If ever you wanted a Ludlum book to read first, then this is the one. Once I bought it and read it, I became a die-hard Ludlum fan. Espionage books became a thrilling new adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liesl | 1/18/2014

    " I actually gave up on this one. Couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirlee | 1/13/2014

    " It's an old Ludlum, but somehow I missed it the first time. Funny how much of it still resonates almost 10 years after it was published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ck | 1/9/2014

    " A staple suspense thriller, my introduction to the genre... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Darragh | 11/14/2013

    " This is a great spy thriller that unfortunately ran about 50 pages too long. I love Ludlum for plotting and likable heroes and nasty villains. His dialogue, unfortunately, becomes a bit turgid at times, with protagonists launching off into soliloquies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priyanka | 10/11/2013

    " The thrill began when I opened page 1 and didn't end till I finished the book! Killer read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe O'c | 10/4/2013

    " Good; Fighting the rise of the 4th Reich "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 9/28/2013

    " Unrealistic/entertaining/get's old if you don't make it a quickie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 9/7/2013

    " Pretty good Ludlum book, but I felt like it dragged on a little longer than it should have. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 10/8/2012

    " Whoever told me I should read Robert Ludlum (because of my fondness for John Le Carre) was, well, mistaken. This book was terrible -- for so many reasons. The writing was terrible, the plot was not even remotely plausible,the characters were not even worthy of being called characters... sigh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristobal | 8/31/2012

    " Ludlum's earlier stuff is much, much better. talk about stilted, mellow-dramatic dialog. it got better towards the middle, but man, you had to fight through the first few hours just to get there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rahul Mookerjee | 8/19/2012

    " Great thriller - fast paced, plenty of action, and an interesting (if sometimes slightly unbelievable) plot. Has one of the most interesting "climaxes" I've ever read in a novel. I've always been a Ludlum fan, and this read does nothing to change that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 5/26/2012

    " Just...insane! It's like what Dan Brown is going for, but with characters instead of symbols...very entertaining read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 5/2/2012

    " This was not Ludlum's best. It took me FOREVER to get through this book because I just couldn't get very interested in it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 11/11/2011

    " Really horrible thriller that for some reason I thought was really great when I read it in high school. Also served as the basis of a truly awful made-for-TV movie starring Patrick Bergin and Virginia Madsen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Mayo | 11/6/2011

    " Good, not great. A little predictable and the constant cliffhangers in every chapter get a little tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Thong | 8/13/2011

    " read some time ago "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Barrentine | 4/3/2011

    " A lot of people and things to keep track of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Robertson | 1/8/2011

    " One of my favorite books - got me hooked on Robert Ludlum "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 12/2/2010

    " Whoever told me I should read Robert Ludlum (because of my fondness for John Le Carre) was, well, mistaken. This book was terrible -- for so many reasons. The writing was terrible, the plot was not even remotely plausible,the characters were not even worthy of being called characters... sigh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 8/4/2010

    " This was not Ludlum's best. It took me FOREVER to get through this book because I just couldn't get very interested in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 6/29/2010

    " A great story with lots of twists throughout. I did notice that Ludlum tends to reuse various subplots multiple times. I liked the plot, but some of the character interaction seemed forced and awkward. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 6/21/2010

    " Fighting the rise of the Fourth Reich, dead people who aren't dead, spies and many a classic Ludlum plot twist, even if some of them are a tad obvious, make The Apocalypse Watch an enjoyable read. However, at 790 pages, it is quite a hefty read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristobal | 5/14/2010

    " Ludlum's earlier stuff is much, much better. talk about stilted, mellow-dramatic dialog. it got better towards the middle, but man, you had to fight through the first few hours just to get there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/27/2010

    " One of my favorite books - got me hooked on Robert Ludlum "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 12/7/2009

    " Just...insane! It's like what Dan Brown is going for, but with characters instead of symbols...very entertaining read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 9/7/2009

    " Good; Fighting the rise of the 4th Reich
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darenn | 12/15/2008

    " Heroism and Bravery - One man bound to protect someone he loves without risking the "job" he has to complete. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 9/23/2008

    " Good, not great. A little predictable and the constant cliffhangers in every chapter get a little tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 9/22/2008

    " Finally got around to this 1995 work. Clever use of brothers to confuse enemy but still a typical Ludlum story. Good if you like the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 8/17/2008

    " Unrealistic/entertaining/get's old if you don't make it a quickie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 7/15/2008

    " Typical Ludlum thriller, political espionage. I like Ludlum. He always entertains me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 4/28/2008

    " Soft back edition.......NY times bestseller......fun read..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liesl | 4/8/2008

    " I actually gave up on this one. Couldn't get into it. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum (1927–2001) was the author of twenty-five novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. His works include The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and, perhaps most famously, the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—among others. The Bourne novels were the basis for three blockbuster films. Born in New York City, Ludlum received a BA from Wesleyan University, and before becoming an author, he was a United States Marine, a theater actor, and a producer.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.