We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Bourne Ultimatum | [Robert Ludlum]

The Bourne Ultimatum

Thirteen years have passed since David Webb was last forced to assume the alias of the assassin Jason Bourne. Now, with one phone call, Webb is thrust back into the madness.
Regular Price:$14.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Thirteen years have passed since David Webb was last forced to assume the alias of the assassin Jason Bourne. Thirteen blissfully peaceful years: time enough to raise a family with his wife Marie, time enough to begin to put the violence and betrayal of the past behind him. Now with one phone call Webb is thrust back into the madness. His greatest enemy, Carlos, the Jackal, is hunting again - determined to stalk and eliminate the one man whose reputation as an international assassin approaches his own, a determination that promises pain and death for David Webb and those who mean the world to him.

©1990 Robert Ludlum; (P)1990 Bantam Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.1 (184 )
5 star
 (45)
4 star
 (31)
3 star
 (44)
2 star
 (25)
1 star
 (39)
Overall
3.8 (30 )
5 star
 (13)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (1)
Story
3.4 (30 )
5 star
 (11)
4 star
 (5)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (6)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Mark Midlothian, VA, USA 09-08-03
    Mark Midlothian, VA, USA 09-08-03 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Ultra Abridged"

    Usually, I like Ludlums work, but I've found that you need to hang on to the story to catch all the twists and curves. Unfortunatly, Mr McGavin's speedreading exersize paves over all those elements. Add the cheesy background music and the only ultimatum this work warrents is "bypass this book". The work is less than 3 CD's long, but you'll find yourself wondering if it will ever end.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard 09-15-05
    Richard 09-15-05

    Blues Lover

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Dreadful"

    Darren McGavin is difficult to understand at best in this rendition of "The Bourne Ultimatim" which makes for a long and difficult listening experience. His ability to switch voices is limited and thus leads to considerable confusion for the listener. Combine this with a very poor recording and music mixing and it is just not worth the listeners time or investment. The abridgement is extreme and the story line suffered. I was not going to finish but held on hoping it would improve toward the end, it didn't. I will read the book to see just how much I missed.

    If this had been done as well as the Bourne Legacy it would have been great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mr Vette 03-28-05
    Mr Vette 03-28-05 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    127
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "poor sound mixing and reading"

    The reader may be a famous actor but I thought the reading was not done well, and the music mixing made it hard to understand. Not Ludlum's greatest effort. I have enjoyed other books from Ludlum.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marcela Madrid, N/A, Spain 02-09-05
    Marcela Madrid, N/A, Spain 02-09-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Seems it is the narrator who is being chased."

    I agree, too abridged. Sometimes it gets too fast. Maybe it was because it is my first audiobook, but I kept track because I tried to picture Matt Damon doing all the movements.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sf mommy 99 San Francisco, CA USA 07-09-04
    sf mommy 99 San Francisco, CA USA 07-09-04 Member Since 2013

    Love reading, hard to find the time! audible member since 2006

    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    94
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    5
    Overall
    "Going to go get the Bourne Legacy now!"

    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 although sometimes it seemed like he was blending the voices and accents of some of the characters. Maybe it is just me, but I find these stories a little hard to follow, not being able to attach faces to characters. But I love them, and this one was especially good because it developed the 2d hand characters very well. I would have liked a little more background and development of Carlos the Jackal, but perhaps that was cut during the abridging process.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karen Pamama City, FL, United States 12-02-11
    Karen Pamama City, FL, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best Robert Ludlum Book!"
    Would you listen to The Bourne Ultimatum again? Why?

    Yes, I will hear it again due to the fact it is a conclusion of the first book (The Bourne Identity) and will refer the unabridged version for those who wants the real effect, but, this version for those who wants to get the jest of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Conclusion from The Bourne Identity and has that Oh My Lord! factor is there for the young at heart.


    What does Darren McGavin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The wow factor. Perfect voice for this story. The tone and attitude of the voice fits the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two great assassins but one will survive.


    Any additional comments?

    State above, prefer to buy the unabridged version for the whole book for the full experience but this will do for the book review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Miroslav Prague, Czech Republic 01-22-11
    Miroslav Prague, Czech Republic 01-22-11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "This is really bad!"

    This audio book is incomplete. There are skipped big parts. I just followed narattor with mine paper book, and scream like hell. I want my money back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anand Columbus, GA, USA 12-16-08
    Anand Columbus, GA, USA 12-16-08
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "Horrible"

    Horrible Narration ever!!! I'd watch out for this Narrator next time.. the book as such isn't bad..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    B Spanish Fork, UT, USA 12-04-08
    B Spanish Fork, UT, USA 12-04-08
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "The worst reading ever"

    This was the worst audible book recording I've ever heard! The narrator was horrible and there was this TERRIBLE background music that was annoying and distracting. Way to ruin a great book...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Josh Taylorsville, UT, USA 01-20-08
    Josh Taylorsville, UT, USA 01-20-08 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    246
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Horrible dramatic reading"

    The horrible dramatic reading destroys any value that the text itself might have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 18 results PREVIOUS12NEXT
Sort by:
  • Peter
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    7/28/06
    Overall
    "Keep your money or buy the book"

    Hard to describe just how shockingly bad this is. Perhaps the book's fantastic, but I'll never know because everything - the 1980s production values, the dull monotone of the (American) reader (I wouldn't dare describe them as a narrator) the schmaltzy and continuous background music - sets my teeth on edge and makes it impossible to listen to; horrible!

    This is my first real disappointment from Audible.co.uk - I'll definitely be using the 'listen before you buy' feature in future, and suggest you do too!

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • A
    carlton in clevelandUnited Kingdom
    11/18/08
    Overall
    "Impossible listen"

    Quite simply the least well narrated book I have ever had the misfortune to listen to.
    I could manage only four minutes before moving on to \"my next listen\".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-2 of 2 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.