A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium - maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.
But now he is marked for death, caught in a maddening puzzle, racing for survival through the deep layers of his buried past into a bizarre world of murderous conspirators - led by Carlos, the world's most dangerous assassin. And no one can help Jason Bourne but the woman who once wanted to escape him.
©1984 Robert Ludlum; (P)2008 Random House Audio
You are hard pressed to find many books that are so descriptive that it requires less imagination than one would think to be right there with Bourne. Scott Brick is one of my favarite narrators and does a wonderful job on this long awaited recording of the Unabridged novel.
Beware lover's of the Bourne movies: There is little in these books that you can relate to the Hollywood productions. There is so much more.
I looked for this book a few years back and was so excited when I stumbled on to it recently. It does not disappoint!!
It's rather long, however I was disappointed when it was over. It's a great story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I had tried to read the book a few years back, but thought it was too long and too many twists to make it an easy book to pick up and put down. I also saw the movie and thought the movie was great. This is MUCH better than the movie. There are more than enough twists and differences from the movies that you're guessing. Also, I think that there is so much complexity here that the movie could never easily capture in the time of a movie.
Such a great story. I listened while I was out walking and it was so easy to just get lost in the story and not realize I had been walking, let alone exercising for a couple of hours. The perfect escape!
Scott Brick does a great job at reading this and this makes me want to find more of his readings. I absolutely recommend this book!!
Having seen (and enjoyed) the blockbuster movie trilogy, I had some small apprehension that the book might be 'spoiled' by my familiarity... was I wrong! The book shares only the most essential elements with the movie version; with a 30-year span from book to movie, the book's twists and turns reflect utterly different scenarios, and I was at a loss to guess the progressions from very early in. Highly entertaining, and Scott Brick's malleable and expressive narration never disappoints!
This book is great. I have been waiting forever for the unabridged verson to come out. Robert Ludlum is great and scott brick does a fantastic job reading.
First let me say, I love the cadence and tone of Scott Brick's narration. Aside from Scott Brick's use of a few different accents, I found this book a little hard to listen to due to the number of characters. Several times I had to rewind and re-listen just to understand which character was speaking due to the lack of distinction between some of the character voices - mainly the male characters that spoke American English without a foreign accent. I hate to give only 3 stars however because I still enjoy listening to Scott Brick and could not imagine this book being read by anyone else.
I've read this book at least five times now and it remains as my personal champion in the spy thriller genre; heck - it falls in my top 10 favorite books of all time.
If you've seen the movies and are hesitant to approach the books allow me to allay your fears - past the first 50 pages or so this isn't even the same STORY. Characters that are killed in the movies serve to play a central role across all 3 books, and characters that critical to the books (Carlos comes to mind) aren't even mentioned in the book. In short, they're both fantastic, but other than the name "Bourne" there really isn't much there to compare between the books and the movies.
Also, I thought Scott Brick did a fantastic job with the narration; I have no idea what other people are complaining about.
Do yourself a favor and pick this one up - you'll love every second of it.
I've never seen the Bourne movies, but I was curious about the first book, so I bit the bullet and got it.
I must say I am really happy that Scott Brick read it; he's a really good narrator for serious novels.
The book itself is excellent, and wraps up rather nicely. I don't feel compelled to listen to the second one, which is nice. I like it when books can be a standalone, even if they are part of a series.
The characters are interesting, although there's some lame love story nonsense thrown in, but it's something that can be ignored.
My only problem with the book was how dense it was. I couldn't listen to it for hours, and I didn't burn through it. It took me some solid time to get through the story, but I enjoyed it. If you're looking for something quick and easy, this probably isn't the best place.
I loved the movie when it came out, but when i read the series i was hooked and amazed by how in depth it is. Not many of Ludlum's books get my attention as this series (first 3) have. The audiobook didnt disappoint. Scott Brick will be a favorite reader of mine forever, the story is engaging, is not overbearing, and for once the hero can get hurt.
completely worth it
Read this book a long time ago, and listening to it now was great. The narration by Brick is wonderful- great combination of Ludlum as the author and Brick as the narrator.
The speaker did a great job on inflection, pause and his voice could make a lion purr. All in all my only complaint is that he did not record the remainder of the Bourne series.
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