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  • The Bourne Identity

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,323

His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. 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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++

  • By P. Shuart on 08-13-09

Not as Fantastic as I hoped it would be

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-09

"The Jansen Directive" by Robert Ludlum is one of my favorite books, and I loved the Bourne movies, so I had high hopes for this book. Ultimately, I was disappointed and feel this is one of the few times the screenplay is better than the book. Scott Brick's smooth reading style didn't quite fit the character or the story, but was otherwise acceptable. I won't purchase the next two in the series without carefully reading those reviews first.

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  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 128

After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Wonder it Was a Top BookSense 76 Pick!

  • By Patrick Y. on 04-24-05

Slow to start, abrupt

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-05

From the very beginning, the narrator's "middle earth" quasi-English accent got on my nerves, but I listened on hoping for the writing would compensate. The book jumps between three different stories, but none of them are engaging and all of them start off very slowly. Finally, some action and progress occurs later in the book, enough that I can at least justify listening to the rest. But just as each of the three adventures shows that they could start to reach some type of conclusion, the book ends in cliff-hanger, soap opera fashion. There is no finality or even mid-stop conclusion to any of the stories. It simply says "buy book 2". Are you kidding? I thought I purchased an unabridged book in a series, not half of a book with no ending. Seeing that this first book can't stand alone, the existence of "book 2" seems to be a rip-off. At least the abrupt ending gave me a reason to start listening to something -- please, anything -- else.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful