I decided to read this book after being a big fan of the movie series. It was nothing like what I expected based on those movies. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the detailed storytelling , character development, and action descriptions. It turns out that the movies do not do justice for the books. This story kept me interested from beginning to end, and despite its length, it moved at a fast pace and kept my interest throughout.
Long Winded Action
I've always thought Brick's narration was just a touch overwrought and dramatic but Brick has a command of the French language and accent at least to my untrained ear. Comes across very authentic and really lends to the story telling in this book.
Jason Bourne: This time the movie actually follows the plot of the book!
If you are a fan of the movies and are looking to get more detail and story... skip it. This starts exactly the same as the movie but soon wanders off to a point of no return to where none of the following stories in any way resemble their like named movie counterparts. If you are worried that the movies will have ruined the books for you... read on! Its like getting a whole new story for those that have only seen the movies.
This was so long and drawn out and, ultimately, very unsatisfying in every way. My advice to the listener: Give it a couple of hours; if, after that time, you're not sure if you're going to like it, then bail on it (I wish I did). If you love it, then you have different taste than me so keep on going and enjoy!
The story was fantastic. The complexity of the characters was exceptional. The twists and plots were mesmerizing.
Scott Brick is literally unbelievable as a vocal actor. Wow!! English, French, German accents and even simple southern USA accent.
The entire experience was great.
Copywriter & editor. Harsh critic, forgiving reader.
If you're looking for a novelization of Matt Damon's Bourne Identity, you're in the wrong place. If you're looking for a new way to explore the Bourne identity in its original format, this book will be a good fit for you.
A NOTE FOR MILLENIAL READERS: These books were written in the late 1970s, early 1980s. Consequently, the approach Ludlum takes in describing the amnesia and Bourne's subsequent psychosis at times seems heavy-handed or overly simplified. It's like watching a movie from the late 90s on a HD screen—the image isn't as clear and everyone has weird hair, but as long as you can move past that there's a lot to appreciate.
ON SCOTT BRICK'S READING: I am huge a fan of Scott Brick and have a ridiculous number of his audiobooks. His ability to do convincing accents, particularly French, is a huge asset for capturing the different characters' voices. As with many male narrators (and vice versa), his female voices are a bit of a stretch, but not so much that I found it distracting. I listen to all of Scott Brick's audio narrations at 1.25x, otherwise it's too slow for me.
Scott Brick reads all of the original Bourne Series (Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy, and Bourne Ultimatum). Other titles he's read that I enjoyed and highly recommend are Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Alexander Hamilton (which inspired the musical "Hamilton").
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I finally finished it. But was just Meh. The performance was ok. Doubt that I'll be reading the sequels.
Great Story and human pathos. Depicts how our government and Military don't know how to treat human beings, since they are corrupt monsters that deserve ternination with extreme prejudice and pain!!!!!!
Can't tell if it's more Ludlum or the narrator, but Jason Bourne comes off as a whiny baby. I think it's more the narration and all the different voices and overly dramatic inflections.
I'm an RN at a small rural hospital in Central California. I spend a fair amount of time behind the wheel and love having stories read to me. I do a lot of reading aloud to my kids.
I've only ever seen a Bourne movie or two.
Usually I prefer books to their movies because I like the internal perspective on the character, but in this case there isn't much to miss.
As long as they're driving fast, shooting or killing, it's fairly entertaining. But Bourne in Love?
Do yourself a favor and stick with Ian Fleming, Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett.
This is a good book, well-written, with great detail. There were some times that I would get bored because some of the scenes seemed redundant, long and drawn out, but overall a good book.