The story is, as other reviewers have said, very different from the movie, but just as good. It really is a masterpiece in the genre in my opinion. It's a little quaint in places, but this must be expected as it was written many years ago.
It has rich descriptions of the various localities, and the author conveys a great sense of the lonely, us-against-the world angst. A couple of times, one gets the chill associated with finding out that the enemy is hiding deep within our camp, much like a good Hitchcock movie.
The narration is fine and in cases where he does for example various American and British accents, he really pulls it off. Unfortunately, there is a lot of French in this book, and Mr. Brick manages to brutally mispronounce every * single * word, pronouncing every mute ending, and failing to pronounce the non-mute ones. An accomplishment of sorts but it does detract a little.
But only a little. I'm continuing the series.
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.
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.
If you can put away the Matt Damon version of Jason Bourne then things will be fine and dandy for you. I have to admit I had a hard time doing that in some parts of this book due to the stilted dialog between Jason and Marie and their instant love affair. You can understand this happening in the movie because they only have 2 hours. Here we have 22 hours but still they fall madly in love in a matter of days. Wow, where can I get me some of that? I was not overly impressed with the whole thing. I felt the action was just dragging along. I just read another spy novel that I felt like that action moved like the Katy Flyer and I was running like He** behind it all the time. Few there be and far between, in my humble opinion, that strike that happy balance of action and character development. I love the voice of Scott Brick, so honestly, that is what got me through. So, I am not sure if I will be trying the next in the series or not, but I will think on it. This review is not going to win me any friends among the die hard Ludlum fans, but I 'calls 'em like I sees 'em. ~ :o)
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.
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.
I liked Scott Brick's reading of "The Lion Game" but how he butchers "Bourne Identity" is simply beyond belief. He reads in a voice as if reading an emporer's decree after running a 100m dash, never really finding any ground in any sentence he utters.
I find it impossible to listen to for longer periods of time. Ah well, $23 completely down the drain... I did notice my fellow reviewers giving it 4-5 stars. Long story short: the sample you can listen to is exactly what you get. I thought it was more of a joke (my fault). If you like the sample then by all means go for it!
If, on the other hand, you find the sample as ridiculous as I did do not buy - this is exactly what you're going to get!
Narrator is excellent. Story is really, really long. It's a great thriller, just long. I'm still debating on whether to listen to the next one in the Bourne series.
I am tempted to say my dislike for this books is in part due to the fact that it was written when I was 10 years old and I'm now 45. But I read a lot of fiction written across the span of 150 years, give or take. So, I know that some books are as fresh and exciting now and they were when they were written, regardless of age. Alas, The Bourne Identity isn't one of them.
I wanted to stop reading once Jason and Marie had the same conversation for the 5th time ("I believe you are a good man." "No, I'm not. I am a killer." "I don't believe it. You came back for me"). But I put up with it till they got to Paris and Jason started bribing the bank manager. After that, I just could stomach it no longer. Perhaps the good doctor becomes a three-dimensional character after that point, but I'm not willing to waste my time in an effort to find out.
As usual, Scott Brick did an excellent job at narration. I only wish he had been given better material to perform.