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The Bourne Supremacy | [Robert Ludlum]

The Bourne Supremacy

The Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China is brutally slain in a Kowloon cabaret, and all the clues point to the legendary assassin, Jason Bourne. But Bourne never existed! Listen to the sample below to hear Ludlum talk about writing The Bourne Supremacy.
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Publisher's Summary

The Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China is brutally slain in a Kowloon cabaret, and all the clues point to the legendary assassin, Jason Bourne. But Bourne never existed! The name was created as a cover for ace agent David Webb on his search for the notorious killer Carlos. Now someone else has resurrected the Bourne identity, and Webb is forced to use his murderous skills to stop him. Because once again, like a nightmare relieved, the woman he loves is suddenly torn from his life. To find her, to trap his own impostor, Webb must launch a desperate odyssey into the killing fields of international espionage. If he does not succeed, the Far East and the world will pay a devastating price. This time, to survive will not be enough. This time, Bourne must reign supreme. Plus, hear a preview of Ludlum's riveting thriller The Bourne Ultimatum.

©1989 Robert Ludlum and Bantam Audio Publishing; (P)1989 Bantam Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Mike Herriman, UT, USA 03-16-06
    Mike Herriman, UT, USA 03-16-06
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    "Heavy Metal"

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten Anchorage, AK, United States 07-31-04
    Kirsten Anchorage, AK, United States 07-31-04
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    "Narrator should slow down"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Midland, NC, USA 09-06-07
    Chris Midland, NC, USA 09-06-07
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    "Disappointing to Ludlum fans"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sf mommy 99 San Francisco, CA USA 07-09-04
    sf mommy 99 San Francisco, CA USA 07-09-04 Listener Since 2003

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Kept this walker's mind occupied"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica Richmond, VA, United States 06-09-11
    Veronica Richmond, VA, United States 06-09-11
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    "A keeper"

    I was unable to put this one down. Found myself late for appointments as I sat in my car listening to to this spell binding narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchem orem, UT, USA 09-14-08
    Mitchem orem, UT, USA 09-14-08
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    "don't spend any money on this!"

    the worst book that I have ever tried to listen to! Offer us the whole book! The full books are some of the writing ever!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Snell 08-15-08
    Adam Snell 08-15-08 Member Since 2008
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    "bad narrator"

    The narration on this book is horrible. The story is ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Allen 07-10-07
    Derek Allen 07-10-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Read the book yourself"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelby J. Pratt 08-17-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Loved It"

    Definitely worth the download. For that matter, get all three of the "Bourne" books.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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