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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

Critic Reviews

"Vintage Ludlum." ( The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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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.

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Ludlum's best Bourne novel!

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.)

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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.

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Long and preposterous

I read the original Bourne a couple of decades ago and quite liked it. After all the movies and time I thought I would give this a shot since the books are completely different than the movies. It was a mistake, I could not finish it. The narrator is very good but the characters and their actions are ridiculous, even for a spy thriller.

There are too many examples to illustrate where they should have either just shut up or not done what they did. It is a shame, I was looking forward to the book but in this case, other than the last Bourne movie, the movies are better than the book.

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Worst Bourne Book!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

NOPE! Jason Bourne was written as a complete jerk in this book. I've listen to several in this series and enjoyed them, but this one was pretty awful because of Jason. It was gratuitous and basically just nasty.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Might even have to take a break from books. Really hated this one.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the narrator said "The End."

Was The Bourne Ultimatum worth the listening time?

No.

Any additional comments?

Please listen to some of the others in the Bourne series. I'm not sure what happened here, but it's not indicative of the enjoyment of the others.

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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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Another good one by Ludlum

Enjoyed the last one as much as the other two. So much going on in this book. Jason is older and wiser - but so are his enemies. Great narration again by Brick - after the first two, could not imagine anyone else as Jason- or even any of the other characters that Brick is able to deliver.

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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

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Not the movie, but compelling story

Very different than the movie, but a compelling story that had me on the edge the whole time.

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Way to long

This was a good book, but it would have been better if divided into two or three books.