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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative Audiobook

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative

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.
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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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    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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    Walter Bobkaitis 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Raymond YUBA CITY, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Raymond YUBA CITY, CA, United States 08-06-12
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    "Lustblader should just stick to Lust."
    Would you try another book from Eric Van Lustbader and/or Holter Graham?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    One of the classics of literature so I can erase this trash from my mind.


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

    A third grader with a speech impediment.


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

    Everything after the title page.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Ned Christensen Eugene,OR United States 06-23-12
    G. Ned Christensen Eugene,OR United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good but..."
    If you could sum up Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative in three words, what would they be?

    Hard to track.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Many great characters, just a few too many.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    The performance was really first rate with Spanish and Chinese accents done just right.


    Any additional comments?

    Good... but in audio book form, it is difficult to keep all the characters and story lines straight. In a paper book, or even an e-book, you can page back to remind yourself of who a character is. This book has several sub-plots progressing at the same time and switches back and forth a lot. That, coupled with so many characters, makes it difficult to keep them all straight. This is especially true if you only have time to listen in short sessions.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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