I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Robert Ludlum has been dead for a decade and one-half, yet his Bourne series lives on. The Bourne Identity, released in 1980, is Book 1 in the 12 book series. It is an excellent espionage/spy thriller that has inspired two movies (the second is better than the first), however, Books 2 and 3 (The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) are better than the Bourne Identity. Books 4 -12 in the series were written after Ludlum's death by Eric Van Lustbader and are all disappointing or worse.
For those not familiar with Jason Bourne he is a spy with a trauma induced memory problem. To avoid disappointment one should stick with the first three novels in the series and forget the most recent nine.
The three Ludlum books in the series are very long. The abridged versions are not worthwhile because they are merely very, very short summaries that miss most of the action.
Scott Brick narrates and is great as usual.
This book rings true to the book is so much better than the movie. I have certainly enjoyed this book and have purchased the next in line.
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.
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!
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.
I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
People who like action, action, action and nothing but. People who don't mind glaring improbabilities in the plot. People who like to hear Scott Brick getting out of the gate at eighty miles per hour and quickly reaching Autobahn speeds. Etc.
No. I have been an audiobook fan for ten years, and before that I read with my eyes for my whole life. I always avoided Ludlum, I think because I suspected that it would be like this. It is so self-serious that there is not a whit of humor anywhere. Jason Bourne is a Superman who will brilliantly escape every trick known to man, making Harry Houdini look silly. Blech.
I don't think that there is anyone who could read this dreck, not even Edoardo Ballerini, who could make it plausible for more than one page. It does have some cleverness amid all the over-reaching spy stuff, but the clever bits are mired in such implausibilities that they are submerged.
All of them, most importantly the writer.
I noticed one fan who said that this was the greatest audiobook he had ever listened to. This is just precisely the kind of thing for people who like this kind of thing. There are too many truly fine books to waste your time on such drivel. Maybe it makes good movies, but that is academic, so to speak. Save your $.
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)
When I bought this book for two credits I was hoping for a page turning thrill ride twice as good as any one credit book I have listened to. While this book does have its moments, it is mostly just a mushy unrealistic love story better suited for the romance section. Like the movies, I was hoping for two credits worth of suspense, chase scenes and plot twists. Unfortunately what I got was a story about a lady who is truly repulsed by the main character seeing as she is so traumatized by what he has caused in her life, then suddenly she is madly in love with him and seems to be healed of all the trauma she has suffered. Then for hours we have to listen to her worrying about weather her professional killer boyfriend is alright and safe. I wish I could have at least one of my credits back.
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.