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The Bourne Identity | [Robert Ludlum]

The Bourne Identity

His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.
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Publisher's Summary

He has no past. And he may have no future. His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues.

A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium - maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

But now he is marked for death, caught in a maddening puzzle, racing for survival through the deep layers of his buried past into a bizarre world of murderous conspirators - led by Carlos, the world's most dangerous assassin. And no one can help Jason Bourne but the woman who once wanted to escape him.

©1984 Robert Ludlum; (P)2008 Random House Audio

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    Richard Townsend Seattle, WA USA 11-26-12
    Richard Townsend Seattle, WA USA 11-26-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Not the movie Bourne"
    What made the experience of listening to The Bourne Identity the most enjoyable?

    Scott Brick did an excellent job reading the story, infusing emotion into the various characters, and keeping the pace up. It's been a few years since I last watched the movie, but almost right away could spot where the storyline diverged (had to, the Bourne as written could never be considered in today's image as a hero). I wish the repetition of a few themes ("I just don't remember!" "You have to remember!" "You don't have to remember!" "BUT. WHAT. IF. I. DO?!") could have been edited out. Overall, the story is very much a product of the 70's, and as long as you can accept that, I believe you would enjoy the book.


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

    Because of the movie, I kept expecting certain events that never occur. Otherwise, the plot really did keep me in the dark as to where it was going.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Surprisingly, it was Marie St. Jacques. The female characters in action stories tend to scream, beg and worry more than anything, and I just didn't get that as being part of her character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending action sequence was pretty tense, but I don't want to ruin it...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tim franklin, TN, United States 09-17-12
    tim franklin, TN, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bourne Identity to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of the story in comparison to the movie.


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

    emotion


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

    absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    great story and even better performance,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy San Mateo, CA, USA 07-25-12
    Amy San Mateo, CA, USA 07-25-12
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    "Great old-timey fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bourne Identity to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jason Bourne, of course


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Jason Bourne, probably. Honestly, they were all kinda so-so.


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

    No. It was just for fun.


    Any additional comments?

    The Bourne Identity is a fast-paced, intriguing story, but only if you suspend modern technology. The entirety of the story works because of the delay of communication, whether it be sending a telegraph or having to find a payphone. There are no iPhones, email, or other instantaneous social networks. Still, it's a fun romp that uses time and stealth as weapons to great effect.

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    anthony ohio 07-03-12
    anthony ohio 07-03-12

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    "Great book terrible narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narrator was terrible. Inflections, tone and pauses were unnatural and awful.


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

    The plot an story were great.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    The narrator was terrible. Inflections, tone and pauses were unnatural and awful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-15-12
    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointingly Dull"

    When I bought this book for two credits I was hoping for a page turning thrill ride twice as good as any one credit book I have listened to. While this book does have its moments, it is mostly just a mushy unrealistic love story better suited for the romance section. Like the movies, I was hoping for two credits worth of suspense, chase scenes and plot twists. Unfortunately what I got was a story about a lady who is truly repulsed by the main character seeing as she is so traumatized by what he has caused in her life, then suddenly she is madly in love with him and seems to be healed of all the trauma she has suffered. Then for hours we have to listen to her worrying about weather her professional killer boyfriend is alright and safe. I wish I could have at least one of my credits back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Fisher 04-28-12
    S. Fisher 04-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Timeless, Romantic, Suspenseful"
    Where does The Bourne Identity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book may not be in my top 10, but it did just what I wanted--it was a great read, keeping me engaged, letting me push the movie version to the background and just live in the moment with the story line


    What did you like best about this story?

    Our international landscape has changed so much since the story was written, but the writer's craft and ability to build suspense are timeless.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The romantic in me loved that Marie knew that Jason couldn't be a cold-blooded killer, even as he doubted himself.


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

    The book was pretty long, so not a "one sitting" book. But I LIKED it long--I was entertained for days.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved having Scott Brick whisper in my ear. Yum. Great sexy believable lovable narrator.

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    Mohammed newark, NJ, United States 01-11-12
    Mohammed newark, NJ, United States 01-11-12
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    "Great Audio Book"

    This is the third Audio Book, I have listened to and its a great experience.
    Recommend everyone should listen to this book.

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    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-08-11
    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-08-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but not as good as expected"

    I had high expectations for this book and while it was good action and writing, it didn't live up to my expectations. Compared to some Nelson Demille books, this comes out good but a little flat. Perhaps if my expectations weren't so high...

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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 08-23-10
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Not like the movie but good in its own right"

    It is not like the movie but is set in the 70's so everything will be new.

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    Mark Toney, AL United States 03-12-10
    Mark Toney, AL United States 03-12-10 Member Since 2005
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    "It just never clicked"

    I read this book years ago, one of the best spy novels that I have ever read. And I typically enjoy Scott Brick narration, his DeMille reads are awesome. For some reason what would seem to be an awesome combination never seemed to click. I am a commuter listener, and possibly the detail that made the book so good really didn’t lend itself well to audio format, in my opinion. If there was a good abridged version then I would probably recommend that - or really I would strongly recommend simply reading this one the old fashioned way, it is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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