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The Bourne Ultimatum | [Robert Ludlum]

The Bourne Ultimatum

The world's two deadliest spies in the ultimate showdown. At a small-town carnival two men, each mysteriously summoned by telegram, witness a bizarre killing. The telegrams are signed Jason Bourne. Only they know Bourne's true identity and understand the telegram is really a message from Bourne's mortal enemy, Carlos, known also as the Jackal, the world's deadliest and most elusive terrorist. And furthermore, they know that the Jackal wants: a final confrontation with Bourne.
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The world's two deadliest spies in the ultimate showdown.

At a small-town carnival two men, each mysteriously summoned by telegram, witness a bizarre killing. The telegrams are signed Jason Bourne. Only they know Bourne's true identity and understand the telegram is really a message from Bourne's mortal enemy, Carlos, known also as the Jackal, the world's deadliest and most elusive terrorist. And furthermore, they know that the Jackal wants: a final confrontation with Bourne.

Now David Webb, professor of Oriental studies, husband, and father, must do what he hoped he would never have to do again: assume the terrible identity of Jason Bourne. His plan is simple: to infiltrate the politically and economically Medusan group and use himself as bait to lure the cunning Jackal into a deadly trap, a trap from which only one of them will escape.

©1993 Robert Ludlum; (P)2009 Random House

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"Vintage Ludlum." (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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    Tim Morristown, TN, United States 02-04-10
    Tim Morristown, TN, United States 02-04-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Was the Movie supposed to be based on this book?"

    I agree with some of what has been written but I still felt that this was a good purchase for me. There were so many story lines it sometimes got a little confusing I'm still not sure of what happened with one of them. (Will not spoil here) After the book I decided to rent the movie. Do not get the two confused, they have nothing in common except the man named Bourne. And the movie was REALLY bad! Talk about a waste of money.
    I digress, as for the Narrator, Scott Brick is my favorite and I feel he did a fine job considering how many story lines he was trying to cover. As for his slow speech I feel like that is his style and I had no problem with it.
    This is a long book, it was not a one afternoon listen but if you have a long drive, or can spread it out over several days I feel it was a good listen for a while then take a break.
    You may need to take notes while you listen to keep up with all of the branches on the story but overall I felt like this was a decent book. Much better then some I have listened to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Kloss Stanton, CA 05-22-09
    Bill Kloss Stanton, CA 05-22-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Definitely worth more than 1 star."

    I wasn't going to review this book, but after reading the 1st review, I just have to speak up. It's Bourne, Robert Ludlum and Scott Brick!!! That is more than enough for listening entertainment. I was going to give it 4 stars but I'm doing what I can to right a 1 star travesty. Not as good as "Identity" and "Supremacy" but still a GREAT listen. I'm glad to have this third book of the trilogy, even at 2 credits.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reuben crowley, TX, USA 06-26-09
    Reuben crowley, TX, USA 06-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Good - To much detail - Narrator very slow"

    I have read / listned to the Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum in the space of about 4 weeks. This by far had much more (too much more) detail. There were points that were driven home 5 times, in 5 chapters, when once would have done (especially given the history in the 2 previous books). That said I liked the book. Not as good as the first 2, but I liked it and would recommend it. I put my MP3 Player on 2X speed. Made the slow talking narrator easier to handle. I couldn't have done it other wise. Narrator talks way to slow.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 12-03-13
    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 12-03-13 Member Since 2011

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "the exciting conclussion"

    Carlos the jackel is dying, but he wants to kill borne first. who will win.

    This is a great book but the thing I don't like is that by now everyone is old yet they are super agile. they can fight through the pain but over all a great book

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    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-04-13
    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "No let-up in excitement from start to finish."

    What a writer. We lost one of the best without him writing any more. Each story adds to what you know about Jason Borne and you never want to stop listening. There aren't many who can keep you going like Robert Ludlum. Scott Brick is superb in his story telling.

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    michael Paramount, CA, United States 01-20-11
    michael Paramount, CA, United States 01-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The best and most memorable of the trilogy"

    Ludlum and Scott Brick capture the perfect balance of plot, cast, pace, narration, and captivity. You tend to really get to know each of the characters and develop a fond familiarity with good characters and a mixture of hate and respect for the evil characters. Although I recommend listening to the other books first, this book does a good job of filling you in on the past events from the previous books. Great action throughout the book in many different areas of the world.

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    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 08-15-10
    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 08-15-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Another good one by Ludlum"

    Enjoyed the last one as much as the other two. So much going on in this book. Jason is older and wiser - but so are his enemies. Great narration again by Brick - after the first two, could not imagine anyone else as Jason- or even any of the other characters that Brick is able to deliver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David H. Israel Macon, Georgia 02-11-10
    David H. Israel Macon, Georgia 02-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "I really like it!"

    This was a good narration. I truly enjoyed it. The narrator has a way of making the story and making the motivation believable. There were some slow points but that is not so much of a detractor as these periods gave the listener relevant detail that amplify the intrigue of the story. Many say a typical Ludlum and I agree. There is a certain amount of closure to the Jason Borne story as we learn of his past and present. A great book for a real fan!

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    jennifer los gatos, CA, United States 05-14-09
    jennifer los gatos, CA, United States 05-14-09 Member Since 2006
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    "The Bored Ultimatum"

    I was looking forward to this book. I like Robert Ludlum and Scott Brick. However, after two hours of listening to idiotic dialog, sophomoric plot lines, and clumsy attempts at high drama punctuated by a lot of yelling by the narrator, I gave up. Sorry I wasted two credits.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Portage Lake, Maine, United States 12-01-12
    Kathryn Portage Lake, Maine, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dissappointing - not worth the time or credits"
    Would you try another book from Robert Ludlum and/or Scott Brick?

    I enjoyed Bourne Identity and Bourne Supermacy both were good, and Scott Brick does a good job, but Bourne Ultimatum is bad, I couldn't even finish it which is a first for me in auidobooks.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Adequate, I don't think the material (dialog) left him with much to work with. The dialog in the book is rather sophmoric. Hard to beleive the characters are ventrans.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappopintment after the first 2 books.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste 2 credits. Skip this book if you liked the first 2 in the Bourne series you will be disappointed. I made it through the first 3 parts and never listened to the 4th couldn't stand the dialog and characters, felt like it was writen by high school student.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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