Better research by the author and a more careful review by the editors, more plausible plot and fewer unbelievable "coincidences" were painfully needed. More even volume by the narrator on the voices of the characters so that the book could be understood by people while driving in ordinary automobiles without having to constantly adjust the volume would have been a great benefit!
The main problem with the book is these coincidences. The opening scenes present so many incredible connections with virtually all the characters that one must only assume that the author is too lazy to come up with a more believable way of interconnecting them. I'd give an example of one whopper that almost made me drop the listening right at the beginning, but it might spoil the experience for a more credulous listener. I'll admit that I kept listening to see if Van Lustbader could salvage something from the lame beginning, but was rewarded with even more and more unbelievable coincidental connections among the characters.
The book is filled with many fundamental errors that should have been prevented by better research and/or editing. Many scenes involved containers full of $1000 and $500 notes as contemporary currency. In fact, these are now collectors items only, as the Federal Reserve began taking them out of circulation in 1969. In one scene, a character was brandishing a "911" pistol. I'm a gun buff, and have never heard of a "911." Possibly the author meant a "1911 Colt" pistol. The only "911" of which I'm aware is a Kimar non-firing 1911 replica! In yet another boo-boo, a character is shot twice with a ".32 ACP Walther PPK/S," the power of which "slammed him against the wall." A .32 ACP is a barely OK personal defense round (and was even once a standard issue pistol of the Danish police), but it's only slightly more potent than a .22 rimfire magnum, and certainly isn't going to slam anyone against the wall!
No. Virtually all the women's voices and "confidential" communications were inaudible to me while driving without constantly having to adjust the volume. Very annoying!
Listening to it was slightly better than staring out the windshield at 600 miles of Interstate Highway with nothing else to do!
Yes. Narrator was very easy to listen to.
Very good plot, not as good as a couple of his earlier books.
This is the first time I have listened to Holter Graham and will recommend him.
It's Imperative that Bourne has a chance.
The only drawback I had is a couple of characters were very soft spoken and I had to rewind and turn up the volume to hear what the character said.
No. While I've been an avid reader of Eric Van Lustbader for years and a fan of Ludlum's Jason Bourne novels, this one just didn't do it for me. I couldn't finish it. Maybe it had something to do with the constant repetition of the Spanish names. The storyline just started to plod along midway through the novel. This is not what I'd consider one of Lustbader's better efforts.
He was ok.
No. In fact, I just couldn't finish listening about two thirds of the way through.
I think the Jason Bourne saga has run it's course.
Story move slowly and did not have the typical Bourne aggressive storyline. While Bourne is part of the plot line, he is not the primary character. This was a little disappointing.
I would give him another try. His other books (Bourne and other stories) were entertaining.
Mr. Graham did fine. His voice inflection allowed you to imagine the different characters.
This book, as written, would not make a strong movie or TV series. However, since Hollywood has already deviated from the Bourne story line, they could take the premise of the story and script it for the screen.
Retired 35 year policeman from So CA, relocated with my wife to South Carolina with "Toby" our cat. I listen to two books a week
Again, no? many more quality book to listen to.
Characters as always are expertly written
He is the characters
no, little at a time was perfect
This ain't Ludlum. Makes you wonder how much this guy paid to rent the name. This is a collection of overly-worded preposterous banalities, poorly read. Saturday morning cartoons are less insulting to the intellect..
refrained from writing it.
There is no end to the negatives. As much as it was possible, he destroyed a bad book
yes, all three, I think.
Tell this "reader" ,and I use the term loosely, that vaudevillian melodrama is like so yesterday.
Loved the story the action the twists and turns and Bourne survives again. This book reads more like a Movie Script than a Novel. All the detailed descriptions of the chases and escapes were excessive. However; it was a strap yourself in and lets go for a typical Bourne ride.... exciting, entertaining and riveting. Van Lustbader does well to keep Bourne fresh and relevant which is quite an accomplishment.
Holter Grahams performance was disappointing. Bourne needs a strong performance, he sounded like a teenager narrating. If it wasn't a Bourne novel I couldn't have listened for long.
How bad can 1 book be? I tried, I really did, what a snoozer!
Dont waste your hard earned money!
Poor narration and difficult plot to follow. I gave up.
I won't get another Borne
I'm no prude, but this book was one orgy after another, and the plot was weak. We could not follow the characters or the sub-characters by word or sound. We could not stand to finish this trash. Two hours was all the torture we could take.
One of the classics of literature so I can erase this trash from my mind.
A third grader with a speech impediment.
Everything after the title page.
This is the second time I've made the mistake of starting one of these fake-Ludlum books, I will never make that mistake again.