Rollicking action - chases aplenty - shootups, punchups, cockups - Freud meets Fundamentalists. This ain't great literature, but it's good escapist stuff, which rolls out at a frantic pace. Just the thing to make you wish your commute was longer. The narrator, Scott Brick, is one of a kind. If you like this, and want to hear him narrate a superb spy masterpiece, download Robert Littel's 'The Company'.
First, If someone writes a book about law enforcement, the author should contact someone in law enforcement to see if what they wrote is even close to believable.
The story is based on Jason being the suspect in the killing his best friend, Conklin. The agency believe he’s be planned this for a long time. With that said, he’s the prime suspect because he left his vehicle in the driveway of the house where the murder occurred. He left his fingerprints on a glass in the house. Isn’t Bourne supposed to be the best agent around? So you have the best agent planning a murder and he’s leaves his car and fingerprints at the scene? Then the CIA still think he planned the murder? I think even someone that has never been to an investigation school could see this is a setup.
In every case where Bourne is being chased by, supposedly by the top agents, there’s never a helicopter, dogs, and anything that would be actually used in a law enforcement search. What about setting up a perimeter before going in to get him? No the CIA isn’t smart enough to do that.
There’s another part in the book when Bourne discovers the last phone call Conklin made. He goes to that location and locates the person Conklin contacted. The person believes Bourne killed Conklin so he’s able to call the agency on Conklin’s private phone line. Then instead of just diverting Bourne’s attention and wait for the agency to arrive, he tells Bourne he called the agency and they’re on there way to get him. But of course before they arrive, he believes Bourne is innocent but the CIA still doesn’t but they can’t add two and two.
The author also add a few typical cheap fillers that are added when you can't come up with a new story: The CIA and local law enforcement don’t like each other; a guy in the CIA will use anyone to get ahead; the CIA and the other countries’ security service units don’t work together because they all think they’re better.
I couldn’t finish the book.
Scott Brick delivers an absolutely riveting narration of this expertly crafted novel. Eric van Lustbader continues the spirit of the Bourne character as if it was his creation from the first. Excellent character development of Jason Bourne and more than enough pace, action and characters to keep the storyline racing along. Fantastic read and a must for all Bourne and Ludlum fans.
I could not put this down. It was such a great book, all the hand to hand combats were so well described that you knew exactly what was happening. I listned to The Bourne Ultimatum before this and it was awful! This book is so much better, the narrator has a lot to do with it, Scott Brick is so good! I will listen to books just because he is narrating.
A great stand-alone venture even if you've not read the previous Bourne books. He explains enough background as required to fill in the gaps. Ludlum twists and turns are always enjoyable and Van Lustbader stays in tune with it. Scott Brick is always the perfect narrator for a read involving a lot of characters. Bourne is a more fallable character here than in the movies and the books are always more complex. Enjoyed this as I did Demille's, The Lion's Game.
Lot's of pain -- for the hapless Jason Bourne and unfortunately for the listener as well. This is not real Ludlum. It's so predictable you could listen to the first and last chapters and have it all. I'm sorry I wasted my time with this leaden bomb.
This book is so terrible that halfway through the book I started rooting for someone to kill Jason Bource and put ME out of my misery.
If you must read it, read the abridged version; you won't want to be stuck with this pig any longer than absolutely necessary.
I love the Ludlum Bourne books and this one is still pretty good. It's not Ludlum, for sure, but it's still a good read/listen. I don't know what others were expecting, Van Lustbader isn't going to be exactly like Ludlum; but I think he did a great job. There is a lot going on in the story, but that's what makes it great. I listen while driving across several states on a regular basis and I really enjoyed it. Give the guy a break. It's still Bourne.
I'm a pilot who loves to fly! I've found Audible very useful while I work out and do other activities where I can not hold a book but can listen.
The good job the narrator does is completely undone by the cheesy sound effects and added ambient “mood” music which is slipped in throughout the book during selected parts. I found this very annoying and distracting. Some of the vocal distortions they add also make it hard to hear, forcing me to rewind a bit. If I wanted sound effects and music I would simply watch a movie!
I did enjoy the story but found it somewhat lacking in the way it was written. I suppose I'm just spoiled.