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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy | [Eric Van Lustbader]

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy

In this thrilling and absorbing new novel Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn't the minister Bourne impersonates...it is Bourne himself.
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Publisher's Summary

Jason Bourne is one of the most popular and compelling characters in contemporary fiction. Originally created by best-selling author Robert Ludlum, the Jason Bourne series was later adapted into films that have become modern classics. Now, New York Times best-selling writer Eric Van Lustbader carries on Jason Bourne's story with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory...The Bourne Ascendancy.

In this thrilling and absorbing new novel Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn't the minister Bourne impersonates...it is Bourne himself.

Kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, Bourne finds himself face-to-face with an infamous terrorist named El Ghadan ("Tomorrow"). El Ghadan holds as his captive Soraya Moore, former co-director of Treadstone, and a close friend to Bourne, along with her two-year-old daughter.

Meanwhile, the President of the United States is in the midst of brokering a historic peace treaty between the Israelis and the Palestinians - an event that El Ghadan is desperate to prevent. He demands that Bourne carry out a special mission: Kill the President. If Bourne refuses, Soraya and her daughter will die.

Bourne must make a monstrous choice: Save Soraya and her daughter, or save the President.

©2014 Eric Van Lustbader (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Barbara 06-22-14
    Barbara 06-22-14
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    "I can't believe how lame this book comes off."
    What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy?

    The narrator is terrible. A narrator can really ruin a good story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Holter Graham?

    Almost anyone. This narration is choppy, hard to follow and irritating to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book made me angry and disappointed. The story is not the best, but listening was painful. Can't you find a narrator with a sense of style and who appears to have understood the story, or at least have previewed it before attempting to perform?


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barry 08-10-14
    Barry 08-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Maybe the worst Bourne story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who think anything conservative is wrong.


    What was most disappointing about Eric Van Lustbader’s story?

    He has turned the Bourne series into a political tool


    What three words best describe Holter Graham’s voice?

    mixed up characters


    What character would you cut from Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy?

    Ashir


    Any additional comments?

    Jason Bourne is about action and intrigue, His role in this book is minimal. The action is gone and the politics are strong. The conservative presidential team are the bad guys, war mongers, adulterers and manipulators. Gay and lesbian agenda takes too much time and the characters are all about 1/4" deep. Is he trying to kill the Bourne series?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Al Stafford Springs, CT, United States 08-31-14
    Al Stafford Springs, CT, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Simply awful!"
    Would you try another book from Eric Van Lustbader and/or Holter Graham?

    Van Lustbader: probably.. Graham: probably not.


    What could Eric Van Lustbader have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This certainly doesn't read like Van Lustbader. Compared to The Borne Legacy (and those that followed) it makes me wonder exactly WHO wrote this. Plot is fractured, and wanders off track often. There are too many "concentric" story lines. The characters are shallow, and the action is - well - limited. Jason Bourne is an iconic character that the writer needs to focus on and forget the "political message" that pollutes this work.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Holter Graham?

    Take your pick; Scott Brick, George Guidall, Arman Schultz.. But it wouldn't have helped much.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy?

    From the first third, to the last four chapters... It simply can not be salvaged.


    Any additional comments?

    Eric Van Lustbader is a great writer and I've enjoyed every book that he has written until this point. If I was to give a message to him, it would be to go back to what he does best and leave the political messaging to the pundits on the cable channels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter 07-15-14
    Hunter 07-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Holter was incredibly hard to follow."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. Story too chopped up and the reader (personal preference) was horrible.


    What could Eric Van Lustbader have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I like the other Bourne books, but he let me down here.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Soft voice almost mumbling at times. Strained the whole book to understand the next word. New reader would be the only way I could listen to this again or recommend to anyone. I listen to the books in my library several times, but not this one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    DISAPPOINTMENT.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin 07-01-14
    Martin 07-01-14
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    "Don't waste a credit"

    First, I'd like to critique the narrator: Buddy, if you're reading this - In an audible book, when some character 'whispers' - you don't! I CAN'T HEAR YOU!.... hello?!
    Second, you drop letters in your speech when you do that - where it sounds like "I gave her a kiss" becomes "I gave her a Ki" - I cannot hear the "ss" at the end of the sentence; though this only occurs when you're being a character rather than outlining a scenario.

    This is very annoying and one finds oneself noticing that rather than 'getting into the story'!

    We want to 'hear the suspense" NOT "hear the suspen"! Speech impediment - can deal with that to a degree... but don't "eat" sorry "Cheat" me from my listening pleasure!

    This is fixable - producers!

    As for the book - it was more effort than it's worth (as an audible book). I'd rather read it on paper than deal with this mess. I noted that other said it 'was all over the place' and it truly is.

    Wait for the movie in my opinion, but don't waste a moment of your time on this.

    I mean this in the best possible way. In the movie - one could follow this... visual characters, etc.

    In the book - no way. Hours in frustration.

    Not Recommended for serious Audible Readers!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 06-28-14
    John S MA 06-28-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Too Many Story Lines"

    This book is difficult to listen to because it has too many story lines. There are three major characters and the story switches among them almost every 5 minutes in the narration, The main character, Jonothan Bourne, turns out to be a rather unlikable person who has no qualms about killing and torturing people. Not sure I really wanted to cheer him on in the book. Actually just about everyone is unlikable which makes the entire book rather "dark."

    The book is not by original author, Robert Ludlum. The new author interjects his political views throughout entire book. It's mostly "America bashing".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Larive Nevada City CA 06-27-14
    Bob Larive Nevada City CA 06-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Save your money"
    Would you try another book from Eric Van Lustbader and/or Holter Graham?

    I'm not interested in any other books by Lustbader or Grahm.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Van Lustbader again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Holter Graham’s performance?

    Really poor in all aspects.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy?

    Hard to tell it was so disjointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I really struggled to get into the book but never could.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. BLEVINS 04-29-15
    K. BLEVINS 04-29-15

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    "Worst reader ever."

    This guy is so bad I doubt I'll be able to finish the book. Can't properly rate the overall & story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Evan 03-27-15
    Evan 03-27-15
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    Would have liked to have had different people for the voices of the different characters. Other wise great job on it.

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    Christer Dolk Sweden 02-17-15
    Christer Dolk Sweden 02-17-15
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    "Really liked it!"

    Exiting and educating story.
    Diving in to hard an actual topics.
    Well written and nice audio.
    Well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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