But once there, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashbacks of unfamiliar places and events, and he wonders: is someone brainwashing him in order to throw him off the trail? Worse, is the man he saved in Africa really Martin Lindros? Now, Bourne is alone, gathering evidence while trying to stay one step ahead of the terrorists who won't let anyone stand in the way of destroying the United States.
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I remember 2 summers ago I read the first 3 books - I just could not get enough. I was hoping to feel the same about this one but not even close. This is writing a book knowing suckers like me won't be able to resist because they miss Jason so much and want to catch up with an old friend.
I was hoping for the intrigue and clever plot from past Bourne adventures, but Jason Bourne has reverted to a comic book style character in very familiar story lines. Jason is still the lethal, lone-wolf super spy. He is fluent in a multitude of unusual languages and has countless expert skills that would take a dozen lifetimes to acquire. He withstands relentless near death beatings, from which he is able to recover with minor medical care and and an enourmous effort of will. Jason must contend with an evil and clever foe, double agents, an intelligence comunity that does not appreciate his talents, and a government bogged down in inertia. Jason must save the United States from calamity using only his boundless ingenuity and the help of a very few and clever friends, but the clock is ticking ... While I do not want to give away the plot, this reminded me of the old James Bond novels and movies. I know this is a common plot, but I had hoped for something more original.
Having listened to each of the previous Ludlum books available, I was eager to "read" the latest, even before reading a listener review. After slogging through the first 3 hours (which is all I could bear), all I can say is "What a huge disappointment on all fronts". The reader is no Scott Brick and the constant background sound effects are annoying. My guess is that the effects were inserted to try to distract the listener from the poor quality of the story and its telling. What happened to Ludlum's legacy?????
This story was mostly nonstop action, but with a storyline that has been used many times in the past. There was a slight shift from the norm but nothing really new. I was definitely conflicted in my view of this story. It was a good story, but some parts were so farfetched it made it hard to believe. However if you like action and a main character that can't be killed this is the story for you. It really did keep me coming back for more. Some books are just bad and you drop them like a rock, but this story had enough good parts to it that it keep me on the hook
I read the previous release by Eric Van Lustaber, and it was enjoyable, so I thought that this one would be similar. This was easily the worst pick in my Audible experience. I typically enjoy Baldacci, Connelly, Grisham, and Clancy, and my next purchase will be back in this group. The Bourne books/movies have been very enjoyable, but The Bourne Betrayal is just too far out there to enjoy. I kept going, "C'mon, really, now he has ice skates built into his shoes!", and other similar exasperations, based on the ridiculousness of the escapades. He can never die or get hurt, which makes this more like a Roadrunner/Coyote cartoon, rather than a suspense novel.
Something by Baldacci or Grisham.
It would not be my preference.
The CIA director
I bought this hurriedly thinking is was a real Ludlum book. While I was entertained, the plot was even more unbelieveable than usual - more Bond than Bourne - and while Ludlum is not the world best writer (he's pretty good) this book borrowed the character but not much more. Don't bother with Jaw's III in other words
Ok, so the first of the new series was AMAZING. This was almost as good. I had a few problems with parts of the plot, I just don't know that they could get away with some of it. It reminded me a little to much of Mission Impossible. It was still a good read...er listen.
This was an excellent job, by both the author and narrator. Story was edge of your seat thriller that did not stop for a moment.
The story line kept you hanging on every word trying to guess what was coming next.
You will race through this audio book in record time, because you won't want to turn it off. The narrator made each character come to life. The author wrote a story that was not only belivable, but very full of suspense and action. Sound effects were great! Buy this one, you won't be disappointed. Unless you don't like action books.
Very good job, to all involved in this production.
This book is a curious mixture of fantasy fiction, science fiction, spy thriller and comic book hero activity. It is perfectly obvious that the maneuvers and escapes accomplished by the hero and heroine are totally impossible. However the overall effect is amusing and interesting, so the fictional aspects can be forgiven.
This book gets off to a little bit of a slow start, but about 2 runs into it (I listen to audio books while I am running) you can't stop. I started out only listening to the book on my long runs, but only a few runs in, I was listening every day! Great book! Kept me running, had me at half marathon distance in no time!
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