Reenter the shadowy world of Jason Bourne, an expert assassin still plagued by the splintered nightmares of his former life. This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity, a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastating price.
To succeed, the real Jason Bourne must maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of international espionage, an exotic world filled with CIA plots, turncoat agents, and ever-shifting alliances, all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and the answers to his own fragmented past. This time there are two Bournes...and one must die.
©1987 Robert Ludlum; (P)2008 Random House
"A killer of a thriller." (USA Today)
Fantastic listen: Entertaining, Exciting and Captivating. Better than 'Bourne Identity' (didn't think that was possible}. Can't say enough. Don't expect to hear what you saw on the screen (two different stories - both unbelievable). If I sound like a Bourne enthusiast, you're right. Wish that Ludlum were still alive and writing.
Books are a mainstay of my life! Even the preschoolers and toddlers in my care, have several hundred books, which I rotate based on need.
Not sure what could make this story better except maybe cutting it in half. I really enjoy long stories and do not read books with simplistic plots. However, this book was beyond difficult to follow - too many characters and too many subplots. Nothing was as it seemed, so it felt as though it should have been in the fantasy category. Disappointing.
It was entirely too long becasue the author created too many characters and subplots.
There have been an occasion or two when I've selected a book because Scott has been the narrator! Scott could read a phone book and make it sound great. He always turns in a terrific performance.
Major disappointment. So much so that I'm returning this book. No sense in keeping it since I will NEVER listen to it again!
Unless your mind resides in the rabbit hole, don't bother with this tome.
Definitely, I would love to see the actual Ludlum storyline used in a remake of these movies! Completely shocked me to see the extreme difference between the movie and this story!
Have listened to all of the first three bourne books and he does a great job!
If you are on the edge of listening or reading, listen! Nothing compares!
I really don't like the portrayal of Marie but it didn't keep me from finishing the book -- I just had to take a few breaks.
I like to listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.
Different but Astounding
I loved the book but Marie drove me up the wall. I know why the movies killed her.
I love these books. they have all the spots covered; love, mystery, action and suspense. I will continue to listen to the rest of the books.
It's probably the 4-5 time I've read this trilogy by the real author Robert Ludlum.
Book: Overall - Performance - Story: 10 Star
Movie: 2 star (Not even the same story - can't believe the owners to the rights of this book r so stupid - money hungry bureaucrats!!)
The story would have to be very different for this to be a better listening experience.
It has turned me off, a little. I love this genre of fiction, but a lot of poor writing seems to be forgiven even when the stories are not so great.
I had no trouble distinguishing between the characters during the narration.
I would probably cut Catherine Staples.
This story is just implausible, with the U.S. government engaged in overcomplicated manipulation of people to achieve dubious ends, and the urgency of the crisis is unconvincing. Jason Bourne in all his personas is ill-tempered and emotionally unstable (traits that are particularly evoked by the narration). Why would Marie (his wife of one year) be so attached to this man? Early in the story he is easily fooled several times, then somehow a brilliant tactician when it suits the narrative. I read and enjoyed the first book, and enjoy this genre, but this book put me off the rest of the series and probably the rest of Ludlum as well. I'd rather blow my credits on less hacky works.
The Bourne Identity held my interest pretty tightly throughout because of the personal urgency I felt about Bourne. I wanted him to succeed, and with each wave of adversity, I was rooting for him.
In Supremacy, it started out the same way but then Ludlum tries to paint with a larger brush of international intrigue, and suddenly, or rather, bit by bit, I began to care less. It's as if Bourne steps a bit into the background, giving way to a host of less interesting characters.
I still recommend the first one and I won't go for the third one. I'll watch the movies a fifth time instead.
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