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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative Audiobook

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Robert FALMOUTH, MA, United States 08-31-14
    Robert FALMOUTH, MA, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "It definaltly was not Robert Ludlam"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes- entertaining


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    no comment


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One of the very best-he actually improved the novel with his performnace


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    None of the above


    Any additional comments?

    Noiminate Mr. Graham for an award

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    Christian Hauck Hays, KS 06-26-13
    Christian Hauck Hays, KS 06-26-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Van Lustbader gets even farther from Ludlum!"
    What would have made Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative better?

    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!


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

    No


    Did Holter Graham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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!


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

    Listening to it was slightly better than staring out the windshield at 600 miles of Interstate Highway with nothing else to do!


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    Ed 01-30-13
    Ed 01-30-13
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    "A Reading Imperative"
    Would you listen to Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative again? Why?

    Yes. Narrator was very easy to listen to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very good plot, not as good as a couple of his earlier books.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I have listened to Holter Graham and will recommend him.


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

    It's Imperative that Bourne has a chance.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 10-08-12
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    "Narrative is plodding."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Has Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Holter Graham’s performance would you have changed?

    He was ok.


    Was Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative worth the listening time?

    No. In fact, I just couldn't finish listening about two thirds of the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the Jason Bourne saga has run it's course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 10-05-12
    Anthony 10-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not up to the Bourne standard"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


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

    I would give him another try. His other books (Bourne and other stories) were entertaining.


    Did Holter Graham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Mr. Graham did fine. His voice inflection allowed you to imagine the different characters.


    Could you see Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Long Beach, NY, United States 10-04-12
    James Long Beach, NY, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2015

    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

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    "Very good but culd have been better"
    Would you listen to Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative again? Why?

    Again, no? many more quality book to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters as always are expertly written


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is the characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, little at a time was perfect


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Fort Jones, CA, United States 09-20-12
    Larry Fort Jones, CA, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Save Yourself!"
    What would have made Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative better?

    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..


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

    refrained from writing it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There is no end to the negatives. As much as it was possible, he destroyed a bad book


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

    yes, all three, I think.


    Any additional comments?

    Tell this "reader" ,and I use the term loosely, that vaudevillian melodrama is like so yesterday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 07-27-12
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Bourne Survives Again"

    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.

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    victor fredericksburg, VA, United States 07-10-12
    victor fredericksburg, VA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Need a nap?"
    What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative?

    How bad can 1 book be? I tried, I really did, what a snoozer!


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste your hard earned money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James WILTON, ME, United States 08-13-12
    James WILTON, ME, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible"
    What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative?

    Poor narration and difficult plot to follow. I gave up.


    Has Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I won't get another Borne


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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