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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,876 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Road Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9780449013168
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In this wickedly funny novel, Robert Ludlum combines the explosive pacing of The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy with a bitingly witty send-up of everything from government bureaucrats and pandering military men to the mob, the law, and organized religion.

War hero and infamous ladies’ man, General MacKenzie Hawkins is a living legend. His life story had even been sold to Hollywood. But now he stands accused of defacing a historic monument in China’s Forbidden City. Under house arrest in Peking, with a case against him pending in Washington, it looks like the end of Mac’s illustrious career.

But he has a plan of his own—and it includes kidnapping the pope. What’s the ransom? Just one American dollar—for every Catholic in the world. Add to the mix a slew of shady “investors,” Hawkins’ four persuasive, well-endowed ex-wives, and a young lawyer and fellow soldier who wants nothing more than to return to private life—and you’ve got one relentlessly irreverent page-turner.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhod | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting story centering on a wild, out of control hero type. Read the preface and you will understand the story takes on a comic flair in describing the situations "the general" gets involved in as he plots to kidnap the pope. A main character is dragged into the plot despite his obvious reluctance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/7/2014

    " My favorite Ludlum. After a while his books start blending together, so I stopped reading them, but Gandolfo is a rather funny departure from his usual formula. Every few years though, I'll pick up something new to see if I want to stick with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akshay Ahuja | 1/29/2014

    " Quite a surprise to read such a slapstick from Robert Ludlum. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 1/28/2014

    " This book was pretty silly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 1/28/2014

    " This is the book responsible for my love of Ludlum. The first one I ever read and a tremendous springboard into all of his treasures! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Douglas Graney | 1/23/2014

    " This was a silly book. But entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/22/2014

    " Enjoyed the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karyn | 1/11/2014

    " I remember reading this on the beach in Cancun. I was laughing so hard, a couple people came over to ask what I was reading. The general and his poor schmuck of a lawyer are the perfect pair. If I could find it as an ebook, I'd read it today. I NEVER would have pegged Robert Ludlum as a gifted comedy writer... but this one is excellent. I really am not a Ludlum fan.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tommy | 1/10/2014

    " Not wild for the "road" Ludlums "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Kevin | 12/22/2013

    " if you have read first the road to omaha... well, this is where it all started!!! it a page turner and you'll cry laughing... i love this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Walsh | 12/8/2013

    " Disapointed, this one was more humorous than anything, and I didnt like it near as well as serious books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 12/3/2013

    " So very funny!! LOVED this book! Thanks Dad!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leonard | 11/28/2013

    " OK Mildly funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Arnett | 10/31/2013

    " So funny! Ludlum at his most charming, rather than being clever and mysterious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mareklamo | 10/20/2013

    " A humorous thriller from Robert Ludlum. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rick Ludwig | 10/13/2013

    " I don't read Ludlum for comedy and this one didn't work for me. I quit after 100 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 10/10/2013

    " If I could give it another half star I would, it's a really enjoyable read with some great characters. It's also very funny, which makes it different to most Ludlum novels. The ending suggests a possible followup which I look forward to reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth T | 10/10/2013

    " Read this years ago on my honeymoon while riding the trains in Europe. Now I think of the new Pope with the Old Pope in retirement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 9/20/2013

    " Very funny for a Ludlum book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 9/1/2013

    " Best Ludlum ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Maguire | 8/28/2013

    " Nice vignette of a story. Clever but not terribly taxing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles kuizon | 7/31/2013

    " kidnap the pope! hehehe "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryan Burt | 6/27/2013

    " Couldnt rally get into this book at all. I admit I wasnt feeling well when I started to read it. But it was by far the worst Ludlum book I have read. I don't recomend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Derocher | 3/25/2013

    " I have read EVERY Ludlum book ever written - and this is his only comedic book that he wrote. Successfully fun, funny, irreverent - what a great writer he was!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jorey | 3/14/2013

    " The first laugh I got from Ludlum! An entirely different Ludlum, but still best in writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 1/12/2013

    " Very, very funny book from a master of the spy thriller, a departure from his normal super-serious style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Bowen | 12/24/2012

    " A light-hearted thriller involving an ambitious general's plan to kidnap the pope for $400 million. Three stars because whilst the plot was clever, it was neither hilarious nor wholly engrossing. Very different from Ludlum's usual work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jcurmudge | 12/21/2012

    " I'm really glad that Ludlum stopped mid-stream to write this delightful story of the Pope who wanted to get away from it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edwina | 11/14/2012

    " One of my favorites from this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou Lyn | 10/22/2012

    " He can make you laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 9/7/2012

    " Hilarious! Laughed out loud many times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gary | 8/15/2012

    " Not his best effort...I think he wrote this in college. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 4/8/2012

    " Lots of humor not always found in Ludlum writings "

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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

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.