©1989 Robert Ludlum and Bantam Audio Publishing; (P)1989 Bantam Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
"A killer of a thriller." (USA Today)
"Ludlum has never come up with a more head-spinning, spine-jolting, intricately mystifying, Armageddonish, in short Ludlumesque, thriller than this." (Publishers Weekly)
How anyone could like this version is beyond me. My biggest mistake was not reading the customer reviews before purchasing. This listen was brutal! DO NOT PURCHASE this book. I agree with other reviews, Ludlum simply cannot be abridged. Audible.com, if you have any influence at all please find/purchase/offer The Bourne series UNABRIDGED. We're starving for it!
I am so surprised that this book was narrated in such a hurried, hard to follow manner. I am confident the book is interesting but I passed on listening because the narrator was sloppy and his inflections didn't do justice to the text.
The abbridged version leaves many details out that makes Ludlum writing interesting. The reader's voice and inflections are extremely difficult to understand. I won't get another book by this reader.
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I'm training for the Komen 3 day walk so that means hours and hours of walking every week. I downloaded the Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum and listened to them both in one weekend. I loved the reader's gritty voice and, although a little cheesy, I liked the background music. The stories themselves are compelling, but I didn't like the abridged nature of the stories, I could tell there was a lot being left out. I loved the involvement of Marie (his wife) and her strength and cunning as well. I would listen to these again, but for the Bourne Legacy I'm going to get the unabridged version.
I am a big fan of the Bourne Series, but the reading by Darren McGavin is really hard to take. He has this mellow-dramatic style the may have been great on radio 70 years ago, but today it makes every event in this book seem cliche.
I've listened to the Bourne Identity and the Borune Ultimatum, also read by McGavin and each time all I could think was why am I tourturing myself. I should just READ the book myself so that I can enjoy it.
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