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

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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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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    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 Wylie, TX USA 06-24-12
    Michael Davis Wylie, TX USA 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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    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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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert FALMOUTH, MA, United States 08-31-14
    Robert FALMOUTH, MA, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2012
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Levant, ME, United States 01-30-13
    Ed Levant, ME, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Bobkaitis Stoughton, MA USA 10-08-12
    Walter Bobkaitis Stoughton, MA USA 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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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 Fountain Valley, CA, United States 10-05-12
    Anthony Fountain Valley, CA, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2007
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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 2006

    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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