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
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.
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
Our international landscape has changed so much since the story was written, but the writer's craft and ability to build suspense are timeless.
The romantic in me loved that Marie knew that Jason couldn't be a cold-blooded killer, even as he doubted himself.
The book was pretty long, so not a "one sitting" book. But I LIKED it long--I was entertained for days.
I loved having Scott Brick whisper in my ear. Yum. Great sexy believable lovable narrator.
This is the third Audio Book, I have listened to and its a great experience.
Recommend everyone should listen to this book.
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...
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.
I liked Scott Brick's reading of "The Lion Game" but how he butchers "Bourne Identity" is simply beyond belief. He reads in a voice as if reading an emporer's decree after running a 100m dash, never really finding any ground in any sentence he utters.
I find it impossible to listen to for longer periods of time. Ah well, $23 completely down the drain... I did notice my fellow reviewers giving it 4-5 stars. Long story short: the sample you can listen to is exactly what you get. I thought it was more of a joke (my fault). If you like the sample then by all means go for it!
If, on the other hand, you find the sample as ridiculous as I did do not buy - this is exactly what you're going to get!
For some reason I had read this book before but it had to have been quite some time ago since it did not dawn on me until I reached a few sections later in the book. I think the performance by Scott Brick made this less enjoyable than it might have been. His irritating voice saying "Delta is Cain and ..." began to really grate on me and after about about the 20th time I wanted to scream and and jam a poker in my ear. It is rare for me to say that a movie is better than the book but this is one case where the screen writer actually did a better job.
I will certainly look for other Ludlum books but I will avoid Scott Brick at all costs.
I am really not sure to be honest but I recall him doing one of Tom Clancy's books and he did not do it justice. For some reason Mr. Brick just comes across completely wrong for me.
I was actually disappointed that I did not enjoy it more since I have read and enjoyed Ludlum before. If I enjoy a movie I like to go and read the book because 99% of the time I like it better than the movie.
I am really sorry to be down on this book but the story and performance were very lackluster for me.
"The Jansen Directive" by Robert Ludlum is one of my favorite books, and I loved the Bourne movies, so I had high hopes for this book. Ultimately, I was disappointed and feel this is one of the few times the screenplay is better than the book. Scott Brick's smooth reading style didn't quite fit the character or the story, but was otherwise acceptable. I won't purchase the next two in the series without carefully reading those reviews first.
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