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
You are hard pressed to find many books that are so descriptive that it requires less imagination than one would think to be right there with Bourne. Scott Brick is one of my favarite narrators and does a wonderful job on this long awaited recording of the Unabridged novel.
Beware lover's of the Bourne movies: There is little in these books that you can relate to the Hollywood productions. There is so much more.
I looked for this book a few years back and was so excited when I stumbled on to it recently. It does not disappoint!!
It's rather long, however I was disappointed when it was over. It's a great story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I had tried to read the book a few years back, but thought it was too long and too many twists to make it an easy book to pick up and put down. I also saw the movie and thought the movie was great. This is MUCH better than the movie. There are more than enough twists and differences from the movies that you're guessing. Also, I think that there is so much complexity here that the movie could never easily capture in the time of a movie.
Such a great story. I listened while I was out walking and it was so easy to just get lost in the story and not realize I had been walking, let alone exercising for a couple of hours. The perfect escape!
Scott Brick does a great job at reading this and this makes me want to find more of his readings. I absolutely recommend this book!!
Having seen (and enjoyed) the blockbuster movie trilogy, I had some small apprehension that the book might be 'spoiled' by my familiarity... was I wrong! The book shares only the most essential elements with the movie version; with a 30-year span from book to movie, the book's twists and turns reflect utterly different scenarios, and I was at a loss to guess the progressions from very early in. Highly entertaining, and Scott Brick's malleable and expressive narration never disappoints!
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.
This book is great. I have been waiting forever for the unabridged verson to come out. Robert Ludlum is great and scott brick does a fantastic job reading.
If you can put away the Matt Damon version of Jason Bourne then things will be fine and dandy for you. I have to admit I had a hard time doing that in some parts of this book due to the stilted dialog between Jason and Marie and their instant love affair. You can understand this happening in the movie because they only have 2 hours. Here we have 22 hours but still they fall madly in love in a matter of days. Wow, where can I get me some of that? I was not overly impressed with the whole thing. I felt the action was just dragging along. I just read another spy novel that I felt like that action moved like the Katy Flyer and I was running like He** behind it all the time. Few there be and far between, in my humble opinion, that strike that happy balance of action and character development. I love the voice of Scott Brick, so honestly, that is what got me through. So, I am not sure if I will be trying the next in the series or not, but I will think on it. This review is not going to win me any friends among the die hard Ludlum fans, but I 'calls 'em like I sees 'em. ~ :o)
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys spy thrillers, even though it it is a bit outdated. I lost some interest when I started hearing about the Vietcong, which is when I looked and saw the book was published in 1980. The story in the book is NOT the movie giving me an unexpected experience that held my attention until the end. The author captures a world in great detail that makes this one of the best spy novels I have ever read. I will listen to the next two Bourne novels curious to find out what happens.
I liked the inner conflict of the main character as he attempts to discover who was and what that information means for his present life. I tend to get irritated with tag on love stories but I enjoyed the relationship between Jason and Marie. It was a little hard to accept that she would fall for her capture and it made me think she was suffering from Stockholm syndrome but I like that her feelings are tested by a strong logical mind that allows for a deeper perspective on Jason's amnesia.
I thought Scott Brick's performance was very good, especially his French. Some readers are not very convincing as a female character but his ability to establish intimacy between Marie and Jason was excellent. I have been spoiled by other books that incorporates music and sound effects into the audio books and felt that was missing in this production. At minimum it would be nice to get a beep some audio marker to let you know that there is a transition from one scene to another. There were a couple times when they jumped to Carlos or other characters that I had to rewind because I got lost in who was speaking.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
to start off if you loved the movie for the illegal CIA actions, the dark government secrets and all his hand to hand skills. Then be disappointed
Very few things from the book are shared in the movie. instead of the CIA training a assassin to go and kill potential political threats they, well i wont really say that would be a big spoiler.
Jason does have amnesia and is trained in many different skills, including hand to hand and weapons training. he is also a master of disguise.
the only problem is that everywhere he is going some group is trying to kill him. but why? with the help of a Canadian economist named Marie (the movies got her profession wrong too, big surprise) they work together in finding out who Jason Borne is.
When Gilroy and Herron adapted this novel for the screen, they had their work cut out for them. This book needs a good editor in the worst way. Ludlum repeats dialogue whenever he needs a crutch to get him to the next sentence. His characters, including Bourne himself, have oddly inconsistent motivations. There are details that the author tells us and promptly forgets. The villains are mostly sub-Bond cartoon characters.
Scott Brick's narration is usually competent- I found his rendering of characters and accents consistent- but it has no energy to it. I felt like I was being read a ponderous history tome. It was a very unfortunate choice, given the quality of the writing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the others in the series. I found it interesting that the story line in the books are very different than the movie. As a matter of face there is no similarity at all. The only thing that is similar are the names of the characters.
Enjoy this fabulous read!
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