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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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Publisher's Summary

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 02-04-10
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 12-03-13
    Ken 12-03-13 Member Since 2014

    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

    2 of 2 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 2012
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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 2013
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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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    John Durham, NC United States 06-08-15
    John Durham, NC United States 06-08-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Bourne whining........"

    So strange to think, but the main character is a first class whiner. Everything is so overwrought. He is constantly astonished or amazed. His wife is always lied to and protected by men. And of course the assorted criminals and victims have their sad back stories. Did I mention all the racist depictions of black people? Sheesh!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    South Pasadena, California United States 05-17-15
    South Pasadena, California United States 05-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    ""The Real Jason Bourne""

    I've read and seen them all (at least 4x's). The "real" Jason Bourne - So much better than the others and the movies!! The "real" Jason Bourne was devised to kill "Carlos the Jackal"!!

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    The Kindler 05-15-15
    The Kindler 05-15-15 Member Since 2014

    I like to listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.

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    "Great Ending to a Great Trilogy"
    What did you love best about The Bourne Ultimatum?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, overall it was a very fast-paced but it does have slow moments (usually with Marie).


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He did amazing with all the languages and different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Mahanay 04-22-15

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    "Confusing story"

    The Bourne identity followed the book, but after it strayed completely off course.

    Only after going through to the end do I realize why the screenplay was different than the book. The is confusing and not well written.

    The movies were good but because they were written by a better offer. The acting was still pretty bad.

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    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-04-13
    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael Rancho Cucamong CA 91730 01-20-11
    michael Rancho Cucamong CA 91730 01-20-11 Member Since 2014
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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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