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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Matarese Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553751437
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Twenty years ago, top agents from the CIA and KGB banded together to bring down the Matarese Circle, an international cabal of powerbrokers and assassins whose sole objective was to achieve worldwide economic domination. Now the bloody Matarese dynasty is back--and the only man with the power to stop it may have already run out of time....

CIA case officer Cameron Pryce is hot on the trail of the new Matarese alliance. His only chance to terminate its ruthless activities is to follow the trail of blood money and stone-cold killers right to the heart of its deadly conspiracy.

From the Hamptons to London's Belgrave Square, Matarese assassins have already struck with brutal efficiency, eliminating all who stand in their way. Their chain of violence is impossible to stop--until Pryce gets a rare break. One of the Matarese's victims survives long enough to whisper dying words that will blow the case wide open: the top secret code name for legendary retired CIA agent Brandon Scofield--the only man who has ever infiltrated the Matarese inner circle and lived to tell about it. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Welcome to Robert Ludlum's world...fast pacing, tight plotting, international intrigue. The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
  • If a Pulitzer Prize were awarded for escapist fiction, Robert Ludlum undoubtedly would have won it. Ten times over. Mobile Register
  • “Lang leads us through a suspenseful tale of inbred corporate corruption and free-market murder.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Welcome to Robert Ludlum's world...fast pacing, tight plotting, international intrigue.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “If a Pulitzer Prize were awarded for escapist fiction, Robert Ludlum undoubtedly would have won it. Ten times over.”

    Mobile Register

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/20/2014

    " reading Matarese Circle first not a necessity but certainly added to the back-story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 2/10/2014

    " A nefarious plot to take over the world pits a secret agent against a madman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel Singh | 1/31/2014

    " The interesting factor in this book is that it brings back one of the more interesting of Ludlum's characters, Brandon Scofield back into the forefront. I would love to see this made into a film with Sean Connery as Scofield. The only thing I DON'T want to happen is for the script to stray from the stories like it happened in the Bourne movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 1/26/2014

    " Actually read the original 1997 hardcover as I continue to finally read my old books. This was a sequel to The Matarese Circle which I read shortly after publication a long time ago but it's story came back while reading this. Typical Ludlum fast read about world-ending or dominating plot. About this time in his career his stories starting getting too predictable. Still worth reading if you like the genre. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Walt | 1/22/2014

    " I've read almost every book Ludlum has written and this was by far the worse. In fact, I found it written so poorly, that I have a hard time believing he actually wrote it. The characters were two-dimensional and the dialog was cheesy. Put the story into an outline, and it's great... but whoever developed this outline into a novel did a poor job. If you're a Ludlum lover, stay away from this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/15/2014

    " Sequal to Circle set some two decades after the elimination of the Matarese Circle. New players but an old hunter. No great, Not bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lostswordsman | 1/12/2014

    " read this a long time ago, think it's a 5 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 12/23/2013

    " Could not get into it at all. Character development poor. Plot jerky and absurd. Not fun. Didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 12/9/2013

    " I always enjoy reading Ludlum. I liked this story- it was a little far fetched, but isn't he always? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sushrut Borgaonkar | 12/9/2013

    " Beowulf Agate at his best. But the book disappoints. Vasili Taliniekov is sorely missed. And the Matarese Circle's awe, mystery and awesomeness disappears. Sad end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Smith | 11/21/2013

    " Excellent, gripping international suspense novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tomaz Bercic | 8/24/2013

    " His butler did it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick Ludwig | 1/9/2013

    " Just okay. A bit of a disappointment considering how much I enjoyed the Matarese Circle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 10/6/2012

    " Not an abridged version - or at least it does not say so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann | 8/6/2012

    " I picked this up at used book sale not realizing it was the sequel. Good book, interesting read but a little slow, I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ndungu | 4/9/2012

    " well plotted "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison | 3/26/2012

    " Disappointing sequel to the thrilling read that was The Matarese Circle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dallin | 2/24/2012

    " Intense and spell binding, this is a must read for Robert Ludlum Fans...I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/11/2012

    " My second favorite Ludlum novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rena | 12/26/2011

    " meh. $.25 at the library book sale, and worth every penny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 7/31/2011

    " Another Ludlum thriller I couldn't stop reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 7/24/2011

    " Great book, and good story. It was a bit slow in the middle but picked up toward the end of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 7/2/2011

    " It's been years since I read it and I think it's time to open it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann | 5/1/2011

    " I picked this up at used book sale not realizing it was the sequel. Good book, interesting read but a little slow, I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/30/2011

    " My second favorite Ludlum novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lostswordsman | 3/19/2011

    " read this a long time ago, think it's a 5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dallin | 10/27/2010

    " Intense and spell binding, this is a must read for Robert Ludlum Fans...I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 6/27/2010

    " Could not get into it at all. Character development poor. Plot jerky and absurd. Not fun. Didn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rena | 11/8/2008

    " meh. $.25 at the library book sale, and worth every penny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 7/30/2008

    " This book was okay, but I'm beginning to suspect that the Cold War provided a better source of material for Ludlum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 7/13/2008

    " It's been years since I read it and I think it's time to open it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karyn | 7/8/2008

    " I've read this book atleast 50 times now, simply because its been there when I was done reading all the new books. Every read has been just as exciting.
    Captivating this one is - to me atleast "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/20/2008

    " Excellent, gripping international suspense novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 12/28/2007

    " I always enjoy reading Ludlum. I liked this story- it was a little far fetched, but isn't he always? "

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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

Stephen Lang is a Tony Award–nominated actor who has made a name for himself on stages both at home and abroad. Perhaps most well-known for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar, his other film credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats, Public Enemies, Tombstone, and many more.