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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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    Mohammed newark, NJ, United States 01-11-12
    Mohammed newark, NJ, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2012
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 03-12-10
    Mark C Walker 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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    Reed 03-10-09
    Reed 03-10-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally an unabridged audio recording"

    I was very excited to see an unabridged production of the Bourne series. I have been looking for well over two years.

    Thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc 03-05-09
    Marc 03-05-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrific reading of a great book!"

    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!

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    David C. Kluempers Kapolei,HI 04-07-13
    David C. Kluempers Kapolei,HI 04-07-13 Member Since 2012

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Ludlum again?

    I will certainly look for other Ludlum books but I will avoid Scott Brick at all costs.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I am really sorry to be down on this book but the story and performance were very lackluster for me.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carlton Indianapolis, IN, USA 12-05-09
    Carlton Indianapolis, IN, USA 12-05-09
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    "Not as Fantastic as I hoped it would be"

    "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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William 08-18-09
    William 08-18-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Would not recommend"

    While I did find parts of this book enjoyable, ultimately, the story never engaged me. I did not find any of the characters endearing. I had been looking forward to the entire series, but have now decided to forgo the others.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TDH 02-08-15
    TDH 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I Liked the Movie Better"

    I liked the movie better, but the movie neglects Carlos, who is a fantastic character and one of the major plot points. I hope the new Damon movie will introduce Carlos.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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