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It is fairly rare that a series continued by a ghost author is as good as the original. Bourne Dominion is a case in point. It's long and a spook story, but that is where the similarities end. Ludlum was a master at developing complex plots and characters, infusing them with tension and still (usually) maintaining coherence. Van Lustbader is capable of neither. The plot is complex but poorly constructed and at times senseless. Characters are sometimes implausible (an uneducated blue collar worker is a member of and has knowledge of the most secret plans of an elitist organization?) and not rendered well. Even Bourne, whom we know well, is reduced to an almost comedic level. The production qualities are also a severe disappointment. A reader who only reads and does little to contribute to characters and worse to pace; and an insipid and annoying sound effect to alert us that fast paced action is occurring as if we weren't really listening at all make this a hard listen. I kept hoping it would get better, it didn't. Do yourself a favor. Don't.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
This book was a waste of time. I suspect the book will be boring to most readers and listeners.
What was most disappointing about Robert Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader ’s story?
The characters were poorly developed, the plot disjointed, and Bourne was treated as a super human hero.
Did Jeremy Davidson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
The narration was not the issue with this horridly written book.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I was disappointed that the Bourne franchise has sunk to the level that the author no longer feels the need to develop a good story.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful