I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys spy thrillers, even though it it is a bit outdated. I lost some interest when I started hearing about the Vietcong, which is when I looked and saw the book was published in 1980. The story in the book is NOT the movie giving me an unexpected experience that held my attention until the end. The author captures a world in great detail that makes this one of the best spy novels I have ever read. I will listen to the next two Bourne novels curious to find out what happens.
I liked the inner conflict of the main character as he attempts to discover who was and what that information means for his present life. I tend to get irritated with tag on love stories but I enjoyed the relationship between Jason and Marie. It was a little hard to accept that she would fall for her capture and it made me think she was suffering from Stockholm syndrome but I like that her feelings are tested by a strong logical mind that allows for a deeper perspective on Jason's amnesia.
I thought Scott Brick's performance was very good, especially his French. Some readers are not very convincing as a female character but his ability to establish intimacy between Marie and Jason was excellent. I have been spoiled by other books that incorporates music and sound effects into the audio books and felt that was missing in this production. At minimum it would be nice to get a beep some audio marker to let you know that there is a transition from one scene to another. There were a couple times when they jumped to Carlos or other characters that I had to rewind because I got lost in who was speaking.
Yes, I will listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again because I didn't get everything the first time. The book covers a great deal of history and jumps ahead in time making me feel like I missed important details. I think the book could easily have been a series but I think Luceno still did a very good job explaining the history of the Sith and how their need for power shaped the galaxy. From the point of view of the Sith, I found myself feeling bothered by the inability of the Jedi to halt the advancement of the dark side. The Jedi come across as formidable but blind to the darker forces that ultimately force them to act as marionette in this great tragedy.
I bookmarked the Chapter 11 / 5:31:44 when Darth Plaguesis asks the young Palpatine, "What possible use do you think you think a person of your nature would be to the Jedi order?" and then tells him he is "heartless, ambitious, arrogant. insidious, and without shame or empathy. More you are a murder". It made me laugh out loud and I played it again, imagining the fury in Palpatine. I was a bit disappointed by the limited understanding of psychology as it relates to mental illness and trauma. Their code of confidentiality seems to be based on our current profession of psychiatry, which is very immature in dealing with the human mind much less the psyche of other species. There was no advancement in treatment and the author did not explore genetics, cognition or other treatments despite all the experiments being done by Plaguesis. Consequently, the dark side is reduce it to pain and suffering and a need for power and control. Perhaps that is in keeping with the Disney tradition.
I was very impressed with Daniel Davis' performance. He gave each character a distinct voice that made it clear who was speaking, including the narration. I was also impressed with the use of sound to enhance the different scenes but on occasion the background noise did become distracting.
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