I've never seen the Bourne movies, but I was curious about the first book, so I bit the bullet and got it.
I must say I am really happy that Scott Brick read it; he's a really good narrator for serious novels.
The book itself is excellent, and wraps up rather nicely. I don't feel compelled to listen to the second one, which is nice. I like it when books can be a standalone, even if they are part of a series.
The characters are interesting, although there's some lame love story nonsense thrown in, but it's something that can be ignored.
My only problem with the book was how dense it was. I couldn't listen to it for hours, and I didn't burn through it. It took me some solid time to get through the story, but I enjoyed it. If you're looking for something quick and easy, this probably isn't the best place.
I loved the movie when it came out, but when i read the series i was hooked and amazed by how in depth it is. Not many of Ludlum's books get my attention as this series (first 3) have. The audiobook didnt disappoint. Scott Brick will be a favorite reader of mine forever, the story is engaging, is not overbearing, and for once the hero can get hurt.
completely worth it
Read this book a long time ago, and listening to it now was great. The narration by Brick is wonderful- great combination of Ludlum as the author and Brick as the narrator.
Don't get me wrong I did enjoy the book but feel that this is one of the few occasions that the screenplay and subsequent movie surpass the novel. Also, I am normally a huge fan of Scott Brick (listen to him narrate In Cold Blood) but didn't think he was the best choice for this book. The action sequences didn't jump out and grip me as I expected, it was a bit repetitive at times and could have used a little editing at times. Maybe my expectations were too high. It was enjoyable, just not "edge of your seat, can't wait to find out what happens" enjoyable.
I also hate spending 2 credits for any one book.
The speaker did a great job on inflection, pause and his voice could make a lion purr. All in all my only complaint is that he did not record the remainder of the Bourne series.
Scott Brick is the most frustrating narrator to this listener. His tonality and inflections are unnatural. Every sentence bore the same cadence that you would expect to hear from a baptist minister during the final remarks of a sermon. I will be more selective from now on - evaluating narrators as well as the book itself before I download.
This was such a good book I LOVED it! The Bourne movies are great and I was reluctant to purchase the books because I thought they would be redundant. Maybe a little more fleshed out but boy was I mistaken! The two stories bare some similarities but that's where it ends. This book it Action Packed from beginning to end. There are a lot of characters but I did not think it was difficult to keep up with them. I cannot wait to finish the remaining Ludlum/Bourne books. Not sure if I will listen to the post Ludlum but will probably at least try one.
Silly question! Jason Bourne I would hope.
Scott Brick is one of my Favorite narrators. I would be happy listening to him read the phone book!
I think that's already been done.
I highly recommend this book. If you've seen the movie don't look for it the book, forget everything you think you know about Jason Bourne or you will be disappointed. If you do decide to get this you are in for a Very Enjoyable listening experience. This is Robert Ludlum at his best. Certainly worth a credit.
Big fan of Sci-Fi. Sometimes I like the Sci and sometimes I like the Fi.
Unfortunately, this book didn't do it for me. It was hard for me to get into. I thought I was going to do the whole series but everything is so outdated it takes the excitement out of it for me.
my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....
started of terrific...then went in too many directions
it is a movie...and in my opinion...the movie was better
I was all set to buy the other 2 "Bourne" books....now I will rethink that
A better written, more plausible novel.
"The Guns at Last Light," by Rick Atkinson
The prose was dreadful. Brick's reading merely made the awful seem annoyingly portentous.
The conceit fueling the action (top-notch spy loses his memory) is an ingenious one.
"The Bourne Identity" (the 1980 novel) is a mess. "The Bourne Identity" (the 2002 movie) is a minor masterpiece. Equally astonishing is that the two follow-up "Bourne" movies (in 2004 and 2007) were just as sparkling and inventive as the first. For sustained high quality, the 2002-2007 "Bourne" trilogy is one of the marvels of modern Hollywood movie-making. Too bad the inaugural novel of the "Bourne" trilogy does not remotely approach the fluid style, conciseness, and inventiveness of the movie of the same name.
Of course, thoughtful and attentive readers will find both the novel and movies far-fetched. This is scarcely a problem in the movies, because the speed of their action and the mystery of the protagonist's situation give watchers little opportunity to dwell on the improbabilities of the plot. By stripping out some of the more roccoco plot elements, the movie's screenwriters also make the action somewhat more plausible.Implausibility is not the greatest sin in fiction.
Great novels can have great implausibility (think "Huckleberry Finn"). But skilled writers will make you suspend disbelief, something Ludlum (at least in this novel) seems incapable of doing. The prose is overwrought and the hero singularly unappealing. In this the novel contrasts strongly with the Bourne character memorably played by Matt Damon in the movie. In addition, Bourne's love interest, though certainly the most appealing character in the novel, is much less distinctive and plausible than the quite different character winningly played by the great German actress Franka Potente.
People who have seen the movies need not be worried that the movies take away the suspense of the novel. The plot differences and even the differences in major characters are big enough so that readers will encounter plenty of surprises along the way. Unfortunately, one of the biggest surprises is that an overlong, badly written, and confusingly narrated novel could be turned into such an entertaining and memorable film. I kept doggedly reading to the end mainly to see how the movie screenwriters performed such a neat trick: What did they jettison? What did they keep? What did they ignore altogether? After reading the novel and seeing the film, most readers / moviegoers may agree with me that the screenwriters deserve A+ for their efforts. Alas, the author deserves a gentleman's C, even from a generous grader. Almost all that grade is earned for the ingenious conceit that fuels the action: A spy who loses his memory. Among the worst features of the writing is the truly horrendous dialog. If you have friends or business acquaintances who speak like this, you would run for the exits.
I managed to listen to volume 1 of Ludlum's famous trilogy. There's no chance I'll be listening to installments 2 or 3.