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.
The story is excellent each time I read or listen to it. The narration's cadence of emphasizing something in nearly every sentence throughout the book is wearing. It sounds as if Brick is putting exclamation points in several places of each paragraph.
The last 1/4 of the narration style loses that insistent style until just before the end where it picks back up for a few seconds. The resumption is jarring and then it disappears.
I'll still listen again. I first read the book while in high school and the story brings me back to a place in my mind that allows for relaxation despite the intensity of the story.
I'm a huge fan of this series. and Robert Ludlum. This is a rare case of loving the books and the movies (with all of the changes).
I was so looking forward to enjoying this book. The movie was great, and at least one reviewer hinted that the book was even better. NOT HARDLY! After 5 hours of repetitive "action" I finally gave up. I'm hoping that if I watch the movie again, I won't feel like I'd wasted those 5 hours. Want a plot summary? Bourne is confused, but he fights like a Ninja. Who is he? Wow, he fights like a Ninja! The bad guys injure him badly--he fights like a Ninja! Who is he? Again and again, over and over. Perhaps at some point the book breaks out of the cycle; I'll never know....
That says it all. Otherwise a very interesting story and intrigue. I will listen to more of his tales. AND I do like Brick even though he's always overly dramatic as well.
I first listened to this audio book on an abridged recording over 20 years ago and enjoyed it a lot. This unabridged recording was difficult to follow because of the authors constant jumping from place to place. I can't fault the performance because the narrator did a really good job, even if the chapter breaks were left out, save for the main "book" breaks.
Action sequences were hard to follow and I found myself having to backtrack several times to understand what had happened.