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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative Audiobook
Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative
Written by: 
Eric Van Lustbader
Narrated by: 
Holter Graham
Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative Audiobook

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative

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The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot - and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer. Do the answers to these mysteries lie back in southeast Lebanon, in a secret encampment to which Bourne and Rebeka escaped following a firefight weeks ago?

The complex trail links to the mission given to Treadstone directors Peter Marks and Soraya Moore: find the semi-mythic terrorist assassin known as Nicodemo.

In the course of Bourne's desperate, deadly search for a secret that will alter the future of the entire world, he will experience both triumph and loss, and his life will never be the same. Now everything turns on the amnesiac. Bourne must learn his identity and purpose before both he and Rebeka are killed. From Stockholm to Washington, D.C., from Mexico City to Beijing, the web of lies and betrayals extends into a worldwide conspiracy of monumental proportions.

©2012 Eric Van Lustbader (P)2012 Hachette

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    Matthew McLelland Lookout Mountain, TN 06-28-12
    Matthew McLelland Lookout Mountain, TN 06-28-12 Member Since 2010

    As an active / outdoor guy, I love listening to audiobooks while trail running, hiking, etc.

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    "Worst Bourne ever"
    What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative?

    I'm not sure where to begin - the reader, the story line, the writing - they have slowly been getting worse but this book is an absolute disaster. Bourne is a minor character at best - and his skills are not longer a factor - he's just a vanilla character


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

    The story isn't remotely believable - the bad guy is a comple joke


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

    He's not an engaging reader - I've listened to him before and he was OK - I think part of my opinion of Holter is tied to the terrible story he was forced to read


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really - I love Bourne and even like Lustbader - but this book is just terrible


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste your time - but if you're like me, you'll read it anyway because you love Bourne

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Davis 06-24-12 Member Since 2009

    ElderHope

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    "Leave this "fish" in the water..."
    What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative?

    It's ridiculously and uncharacteristically (for inclusion in the Bourne series) melodramatic (absolutely intolerable at some points), implausible, and silly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Until there is some compelling reason to believe that Van Lustbader has improved, not any of his books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator carries the voice of the women in the story in a single tone of voice: They sound like victims, even if they are ostensibly strong characters.


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

    Frustration. I enjoy Ludlum, and have even enjoyed some of Lustbader. My sense is that publishers thought they could make a quick buck off the Ludlum franchise, intelligence and plausibility be damned. They succeeded.

    Bourne is typically not about affairs of the heart nor the body, though they do occur in the novels. It is about the mystery and the thrill: hence the term thriller. This bok has almost none of that and most certainly, the Soraya and Peter relationships are like watching Desperate Housewives.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Terre Haute, IN, United States 06-15-12
    Kim Terre Haute, IN, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "TEDIOUS"

    This yarn was a slow start. I listened long enough to get into the plot although it was not easy. If I hadn't been driving I would have shut it down. The narrator was good enough, the plot was good enough, but Jason Bourne did not seem to be the main character with far too much attention to details unrelated to his character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christophe Westminster, MD, United States 07-02-12
    Christophe Westminster, MD, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Dreadful - save your credits."
    What was most disappointing about Eric Van Lustbader’s story?

    This book is so terrible, Robert Ludlum should be turning over in his grave. The story doesn't hang together at all and reads like a story that was hastily put together. It's not even close to the early Bourne books.

    The narration is on par with the quality of the writing. Narrators Dick Hill or Scott Sowers would have been a better choice.

    I couldn't force myself to finish it. I gave up after the first half of the book and switched over to a Lucas Davenport novel. If you can't resist the temptation, at least get it from library so you don't waste your money on it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Osei Xavier 07-20-16
    Osei Xavier 07-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "good choice"

    o found this to be on parr with the series, intriguing and plenty of action. narrator always great.

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    Amazon Customer 05-09-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Puts Bourne series back on track"

    Enjoyed this one. The last few had become predictable with uninteresting characters. The story has a compelling pace. An indicator for me is if I sit in the car to finish the scene after I get to my destination or keep it going when I get in the house 😊

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Portrea 03-14-16
    Portrea 03-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible performance"

    I am so not used to change. Most of these books are performed by Jeremy Davidson, so thats who Im use to. There has been atleast one other and it took me aback but it was fine. However this guy was absolutely terrible. At times it was as if Capt Kirk was reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert A. Raymond woodstock cT 02-13-16
    Robert A. Raymond woodstock cT 02-13-16 Member Since 2015

    I love to listen to many novels in the star wars series,Stephen king novels, history, and biographies as well.

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    "Great listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I would also consider this version better then the abridged version, because the abridged version doesn't really follow the plot of the unabridged version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative?

    When Jason finally kills the man who puts out a contract on him. I know it is wrong to think this way, but the way he kills his enemy made me clap my hands.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    The performance was very good. What really stood out to me was the way he read all the action sequences in the book. All of them just kept me listening.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tredstone.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend listening to all of the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 12-22-15
    Joseph 12-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The audio was not pleasant."

    The audio was poorly edited. Many voices, especially female characters, were far too low and whisper like. Turning the volume up to hear the dialog clearly results in very very loud narration.

    The story is good. But please, Mr. Van Lustbader, come up with some new phrases. "as he stared out the Perspex window" being used every time someone is on a plane is getting old. This popped up about three books ago and is now an annoyance.

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    Jax 02-20-15
    Jax 02-20-15

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    "Complex but fun"

    This book continues the Bourne series with another complex set of characters and plot twists which make for a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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