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Publisher's Summary

He has no past. And he may have no future. 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.

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

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Not that great

The story was too drawn out, but the narrator did a good job. I just couldn't get through it.

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Excellent Book - Glad it was unabridged!

I was delighted to find the unabridged book - and done properly - love it !

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Good Story; Bad Narrator

After Seeing The Movie I wanted to read the book. It was a good story; but the narrator made it very confusing and hard to follow at times. I'm a fan of Jason Bourne but this was a challenge to get through. Prolly won't read again.

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  • 04-05-17

Verbose with little action

The storyline is quite different from the movie with very little action throughout. The story is intricate and ingeniously intertwined but I was disappointed in the lack of combat. It became a chore toward the end.

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Great book ok reader

I just came off Harry Potter so I might be a little biased but over all great book

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Not the best story for audiobook format

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I've now tried getting through this audio book on three separate occasions over the last year or so and have failed each time. I read/listen to an average of 3 to 4 books a month, it's basically become a permanent part of my daily life, so I just have to conclude that this book isn't suited for me to listen to and I will have to dedicate the sit down time needed to read it. The story itself is very interesting and feels well written, but man it's a tough listen unless you're sitting and completely focused on it. I mainly listen while driving to/from work and while doing cleaning and stuff around the house after work, and even just those simple things were enough for me to feel completely lost in this book every 10 minutes or so sometimes. There are long threads of tangent thoughts, or hypothetical scenarios detailed out in Jason's mind, and then tense action scenes that all require your full attention. I'm used to tuning out a sentence or two in other books and easily picking up what's going on immediately afterward but I found it very difficult to do in this case. I also did have minor issues with the narrator himself, I feel if the voice hadn't been so heavy and droning at times then it would have alleviated my other issues with losing details becoming lost. Sentences run together and there's not much difference in his tone between a simple walking scene and a hostage situation with gunfights left and right.

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The movie was better

Where does The Bourne Identity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would not rank this book very high. In fact, I would put it into the bottom ten.

What did you like best about this story?

It was not any longer than it was.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Decent flow.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction. Mostly disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I cannot believe I'm saying this, but the movie was better. The movie had a better closure to a point. The book did not really have enough closure to allow the book to stand on its own.

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Wow!

I debated for a long time whether to read these as a fan of the movies! I should have known because the book is ALWAYS better! I'm hooked!

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  • Lynn
  • Starkville, MS, United States
  • 03-05-17

The best of this genres

Hard to believe this was written over years ago. I can tell this was probably the beginning of the assassin novels that I enjoy so now. The technology changes in the last three to four decades is incredible. I cannot wait to hear the next in this series. So glad to revisit this book over 5 years later.

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Much better than the movie!

Where does The Bourne Identity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's somewhere in the middle, I enjoyed the book would have liked a different ending.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bourne Identity?

The part with the French General.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I would never have pronounced the names and the places correctly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he goes back to save her in the beginning.