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The Bourne Legacy | [Eric Van Lustbader]

The Bourne Legacy

In Robert Ludlum's ground-breaking career, no other character so captured the world's imagination as Jason Bourne. He appeared in three of Robert Ludlum's own best-selling novels, his best-selling works to this day. Now, with the major motion picture adaptation of Ludlum's The Bourne Supremacy, the Ludlum estate has finally acceded to the demands of readers around the world, turning to best-selling writer Eric Van Lustbader to create a brand new Jason Bourne novel, The Bourne Legacy.
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Publisher's Summary

In Robert Ludlum's ground-breaking career, no other character so captured the world's imagination as Jason Bourne. He appeared in three of Robert Ludlum's own best-selling novels, his best-selling works to this day. Now, with the major motion picture adaptation of Ludlum's The Bourne Supremacy, the Ludlum estate has finally acceded to the demands of readers around the world, turning to best-selling writer Eric Van Lustbader to create a brand new Jason Bourne novel, The Bourne Legacy.

Jason Bourne, international assassin of deadly repute, was an identity assumed by covert agent David Webb. Retired from the CIA and now a professor at Georgetown University, Webb's life is finally his own, until he becomes the target of an assassin and is framed for the murder of his two closest associates. Fighting for his life against unseen assailants, the Bourne identity asserts itself, leaving Jason Bourne in control. Barely a half-step ahead of his nemesis and the CIA, who believes he has gone rogue, Bourne finds himself a pawn in a larger, far deadlier game.

©2004 the Estate of Robert Ludlum; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC and Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Scott Brick is one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy. His understated approach to each book serves him well, and whether he is handling a roomful of Russian generals or a series of dizzying scene changes, the listener stays with him for every word." (AudioFile)

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    Linda Leawood, KS, USA 07-21-04
    Linda Leawood, KS, USA 07-21-04
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    "It sure reads like a Ludlum book!"

    The book was wonderful! It was a perfect flow from the other Bourne books. Eric Van Lustbader has absorbed the Ludlum style so perfectly that Bourne himself wouldn't know it wasn't Ludlum. With so many different characters in the story it could easily have confused the listener if it weren't for the wonderful character development of the author, and the just as great character differentiation of the narrator. This is a MUST READ!

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn 04-09-08
    Glenn 04-09-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Fabulous Edition to the Bourne persona"

    Although this is the only Jason Bourne book not written by Robert Ludlum, it is an awesome addition to the existing trilogy. The book is very fast paced, with an intelligent plot that will keep you guessing until the very end. A lot of the loose ends concerning David Webb before the memory loss are tied up, and plot twists have been added which heighten the plots of the other three books. Amazingly, you can now read the other books again, and bring forth a new dimension of depth to the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and immediately had to listen to it a second time. That is something that I rarely do. I hope that the Ludlum family will contine to allow this author to add more books to this saga, as his ending would allow him to do so realatively easily.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Mount Pleasant, SC, USA 09-18-04
    Ray Mount Pleasant, SC, USA 09-18-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Listen carefully or you'll be lost in a heartbeat"

    Like the other reviews, I also enjoyed the story line and near immortality of Jason Bourne. The ONE major issue I have is with the reader. Scott Brick has a compelling voice and is masterful in his voice changes, tone, and pace. However, he continues between "segments" of chapters that change scenes with not even a microsecond of a pause.

    He'll be reading about Jason eluding an assasin's bullet in one sentence and describing a CIA operative's exploits in Budapest in the next sentence. The book, of course, has a new sub-segment started as noted by a blank line. Brick, however, keeps on reading without taking a breath.

    I found myself backing up thirty seconds or so on nearly every CD because I'd been caught daydreaming a few seconds and was catapaulted into a new scene of the book not knowing the seque to get there.

    Other than this glitch, the book is well worth the effort and cost. Enjoy, but pay attention or you'll be left behind.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Damian J. Merriam, KS 01-07-10
    Damian J. Merriam, KS 01-07-10 Member Since 2006

    Fitness and Self-Defense Enthusiast

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    "A Whole New Bourne"

    First off, compellingly great narration by Scott Brick made this book a must buy!

    Story wise, at first I wasnt sure what to think. I have listened to this audio several times and I find I enjoy it more each time. However, like a few of the other reviewers, I must agree that the Bourne character is not quite on par with what Robert Ludlum created, though it is close.

    I distinctly remember wondering as Bourne was repeatedly getting seriously injured(just like in other books), one how is this guy still standing much less fighting. And two just how OLD is Jason Bourne getting now? considering the time period and technology in place when the original books were written and noticing some of the far more advanced technology present in Van Lustbader's books, Bourne should be about 60 years old! Aside from that though, this book is still highly recommended to fans of the Bourne Character.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 01-09-08
    Diane United States 01-09-08 Member Since 2007

    Favorite books are Mystery & Thrillers followed close by SciFi & Fantasy.

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    "It just keeps getting better"

    If you only met Jason Bourne through the movies, then treat yourself by listening to the books. You are there in the midst of all the action. It becomes almost impossible to put the book down. Truly glad I found you, audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Wagner Orange, CA USA 07-12-04
    Bob Wagner Orange, CA USA 07-12-04 Member Since 2001
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    "The Bourne Legacy"

    I enjoyed the Bourne Legacy as much as any of the other Ludlum Bourne novels. The character development of Bourne adds a dimension to this thriller that makes this a truly enjoyable book. And of course the reader, Scott Brick, is great as always.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan E. Hatch 08-29-08 Member Since 2008
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    "decent"

    This book was alright, it had alot of action that kept you entertained, but there were a huge amount of characters that all have little roles and it is hard to remember who they are and what they do because they are only mentioned in the book every other hour. The book jumps around alot and if you aren't listening carefully enough you will find yourself 10 mins later completely confused about what is going on because you didn't know the plot went to a different set of characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary CHILTERNAustralia 04-03-08
    Rosemary CHILTERNAustralia 04-03-08
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    "Bourne Supreme"

    Such enjoyment and intrigue was derived from this book. We really enjoyed listening to it whilst on 6 hour drive to Sydney. It fills in a lot of gaps about Jason Bourne but equally creates more gaps about him. Really enjoyable reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Indianapolis, IN, USA 08-01-07
    Jonathan Indianapolis, IN, USA 08-01-07
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    "Is Ludlum Back?"

    It is fortunate that the Ludlum heirs agreed to Eric Van Lustbader's proposal to revive Jason Bourne through "The Bourne Legacy". I believe Ludlum's faithful readers have been given a huge favor. Once the book began to flow, which took only a few pages, I found myself forgetting that Van Lustbader was at the helm and not the old master himself.

    Bourne does live again, in all his lethalness and complexity and the reader needs only to hang on as Van Lustraden drives the plot at high speed around the globe, pursued by the horror of personal tragedy, a worldwide sanction on his life, and a ghostly assassin out of his deep past.

    The plot is truly Ludlumesque, the pace hot and furious, and the conclusion wild, and ultimately satisfying. I heartily recommend this book to all the Ludlum fans who truly know Bourne, and all the newcomers who have met Jason only through the movies. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Santa Ynez, CA, USA 09-14-05
    Alan Santa Ynez, CA, USA 09-14-05
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    "Outstanding"

    Really enjoyed listening to this novel. Found myself engulfed on any free moment I had. Highly recommend. Scott Bick is wonderful to listen to and the story keeps you wanting more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Vyonne
    Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
    9/13/07
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    "loved it"

    We just loved it, from beginning to end suspence, highly entertaining. I painted my house (inside) while listening to it Great!!!!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    9/13/09
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    "Excellent audiobook"

    The book is very well narrated, he has a nice American accent and is able to put feeling into the text where necessary. This comes across much better than it did in film. I haven't listened to many audio books but I would recommend this one, I didn't want to stop listening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    10/21/13
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    "A fair read but nothing special"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If there were something to make the plot less predictable that would be great. Van Lustbader's writing is just not to the standard of Ludlum.


    Was The Bourne Legacy worth the listening time?

    It was a light read. I did finish it but I wasn't particularly satisfied.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    HERTFORD, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Great Listen"

    Really impressed with the narration and the story is well worth a listen.



    Great series of books and work well on Audible format

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Marcus Bachler
    UK
    4/13/13
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    "Edge of my seat"

    I loved this audio novel, well-narrated and gripping to the end.



    The only reason it doesn't get a full five stars it that there were a few holes in the plot. But for me Van Lustbader has managed to recreate the Bourne magic of Ludlum's classic creation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • duncan
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    9/24/12
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    "not quite sure"

    I listened to the end and the plot was good but the 'discovering his son' bit was just dodgy. Tried to be too deep and lacked something of the real books. It sort of annoyed me at times and isn't for everyone although the author captures most of the action stuff well.

    Just don't do the deep faily stuff again please

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    United Kingdom
    5/26/12
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    "exceptional"

    With nail-biting suspense and heart-pounding chases galore, Eric Van Lustbader with great triumph continues Ludlum’s immortal Bourne series. In typical Ludlum style, the novel begins explosively and retains the breathless pace throughout,

    Beyond the usual hijinks including car chases, incredible escapes, breathless feats of action and more, one interesting track this story takes is to explore Webb’s tragic past in Cambodia and how it converts him into the killer Bourne

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Malcolm
    beckenham, kent, United Kingdom
    2/14/11
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    "."

    Thrillingly excellent! Took me just four days to get through and i have a full-time job, wife & child!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Caldicot, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
    1/10/11
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    "Not up to scratch"

    There were too many deep thoughts. Boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grant
    Haltwhistle, United Kingdom
    3/19/10
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    "A true thriller"

    A superb story well crafted and well paced. Overall the narrator (Scott Brick) does an excellent job, but just occasionally he lapses into a sing-song voice that I found inappropriate and a little annoying. I got over it though. So far as the presentation by Audible is concerned, the only criticism I have is the Chapter settings - they don't correspond to the chapters in the book. Why not?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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