I'm a pretty big bourne series fan so naturally i got this book without a second thought, should have known though that Eric Van Lustbader is no Robert Ludlum. Its a half decent book but i'm kind of tire of ALL themes being the same, especially in the last 2 books. Eric Van Lustbader needs to come up with some new ideas!
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Lustbader is no Ludlum. Did RL have ANYTHING to do with writing this book? The writing swings from adequate to terrible and the characters make such stupid decisions and are so slow to figure out what is going on that they would all be dead long before they make it into the plot! A real disappointment.
The Bourne Sanction, Lustabder's previous Bourne novel, is quite possibly the best audiobook I have ever heard. So, to be fair, coming up with something equally as a good as a follow-up would be nearly impossible. This audiobook was disappointing to me after such a long wait for it, not because the writing was bad or the plot too fantastic - but because this installment didn't keep pace with the other ones in the series. We learn a lot about other characters but very little about Bourne himself, which is odd considering he is the title character. We learn far more about Bourne's arch-nemesis, which is interesting enough, but when we finally arrive at the climatic confrontation between these two characters the meeting is, well...anticlimatic.
The production value of the book is good, though probably not worth two credits. The action scenes, though sparse in comparision to the Sanction, are well-written and well produced. Lustbader's writing is nearly on par with previous installments and he weaves the story well, even if it is a little hard to digest. And, as always, Davidson's narration of the book is utterly fantastic. This guy makes you identify with the characters simply by the voice he has created for each of them, so much so that you know who is speaking before the author identifies them.
In the end, though, I was expecting more and although I understand Lustbader is writing another Bourne novel, I wanted something of more substance with this book, especially an epic showdown between the two main characters which didn't really happen.
I think this is a worthwhile purchase if you want to see how some of the characters progress, although you will learn nothing really new about Bourne which is a shame. I enjoyed the listening experience, it was a decent purchase in my opinion, but for two credits and a legendary character, I was really hoping for more. Maybe with the next installment.
The only one of Lustbader's Bourne books I liked was the Bourne Legacy...That's it. The series has turned into as soap opera of sorts...use your credits elsewhere...
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Bourne. A little hard to believe but maybe people like this do exist.
A well done narration with enough voice variety to keep you interested.
You really have to pay attention and listen to the series in order. I found it a bit "fractured" if you didn't know the whole Bourne legacy.
Another story in the Bourne books that keeps you engaged in the story and the challenges that the super-spec-ops Bourne is forced to face.
It fits nicely into the Bourne Thrillers. But when is he going to age and have a real vacation?
One of my least favorite performances all-around.
The reader mispronounced several words. And he frequently put the emphasis on the wrong words. For examble, "He held her head as she vomited into the barf bag which he had PULLED from the SEATBACK in FRONT of them." The emphasis being on the least important part of the sentence rather than the most important. It was exhausting to listen to. I would not purchase this reader again.
"Illegal Waterboarding". This is used so often that one can only surmise that Eric Van Lustbader is the pen name of Chris Matthews. Espionage is apolitical. This book is not. If you want an extremely left wing biased worship of poor state department policy please read this book otherwise move on to another author. We miss you Robert, you wouldn't confuse entertainment and intrigue with misinformed political tripe. What a waste of money.