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
"Vintage Ludlum." (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The Bourne Ultimatum is the third and best book in the Jason Bourne series and the final one written by Robert Ludlum. Professor David Webb, aka Jason Bourne, is forced to leave his wife and his teaching job for a final confrontation with Carlos the Jackal. At over 29 hours the novel is very long, but with Scott Brick narrating and using the Audible app that can be reduced to 20 hours or less by increasing the playback speed to 1.5x or even 2x. Scott Brick still sounds like Scott Brick at the higher speeds. (Note: on my iPhone the Audible app supposedly has 2.5x and 3x playback rates, but they do not actually speed up the playback beyond 2x. I would like Audible to fix that problem.)
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.
I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.
I really like Alex and Morrise. They seem like the most real characters and they play important roles in assisting Jason Bourne Hunt down the Jackel.
Yes, overall it was a very fast-paced but it does have slow moments (usually with Marie).
He did amazing with all the languages and different characters.
It is confusing and a second listen will make it more clear but a very good story. I think it beats the movie hands down.
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
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
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.
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Scott Brick was great. The story was great, but the ending... could've been better. If you read the first 2 this is a must. But for me the final climax was over a bit too quickly and cleanly for the world's two greatest assassins. Still Ludlum tells a great story with a lot of twists to build up to the climax... Maybe too good... for this climax.
This book is about 3 hours of pseudo story wrapped on 23+ hours of gibberish punctuated by plodding and banal dialogue. I couldn't wait for this book to be over. The story was uninteresting, not credible and barely existent. Scott Brick's French accent was grating as it sounds like his Russian accent. And the writing was as if it was cobbled together by multiple 7th graders who couldn't figure out a cohesive plot or how it should be developed. I generally think books are better than the books on which they're based, but in this case, see the movie and don't ruin it by reading this book.
This book doesn't come close to any other book I have listened to. This book by far has more twists and turns, you just can't stop listening.
I love Brick's performance of Bourne and his handler.
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