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He is a man with an unknown past and an uncertain future. A man dragged from the sea riddled with bullets, his face altered by plastic surgery - a man bearing the dubious identity of Jason Bourne. Now he is running for his life, the target of professional assassins, at the center of a maddening, deadly puzzle. Who is Jason Bourne? To answer that question, he must find the secret buried deep in his own past. And the only one who can help him is a beautiful stranger - the woman who once would do anything to escape him. Plus, hear a preview of Ludlum's riveting thriller The Bourne Ultimatum.
©1987 Robert Ludlum and Bantam Audio Publishing (P)1987 Bantam Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
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By Franklin on 12-09-03

Then Bourne Identity

The actual book itself may be good, but this audio version is horrible! Between the music and the reader who sounds like he is reading with a mouth full of phlegm it was a nightmare to get through the first 30 minutes.

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By Robert on 07-26-04

If you haven't read the book DON'T SEE THE MOVIE

I can't rate this abridged version since I almost never listen to them. Doug (reviewer on July 7) said he needed to watch the movie to see what the book was about because the abridgement was so bad. Doug, that would be a big mistake. The movie turned Ludlum's noble character into the freak result of the terribly twisted US government - great story in this day and age where its good sport in Hollywood to paint the American govt. as the evil empire. In the book, a CIA agent took a false identity - Jason Bourne - who subsequently took credit for Carlos' murders in an attempt to flush Carlos out and end his career. Note that he wasn't brainwashed or part of a larger group of mummified hit men. When he got shot and left for dead at the start of the book and lost his memory the pieces of that false persona that came back were the result of his being immersed in the role for so long trying to complete his mission. As the book, and ultimately the trilogy unfold there are two story lines; (1)finding and stopping Carlos and (2)David Webb, aka Jason Bourne, finding his way back to his real identity. I personally am on pins and needles waiting to see how Hollywood further bastardizes Ludlum's most popular writing in The Bourne Supremacy. Bottom line - if you want to know what Ludlum wrote there's only one way to do it -- read the book. Audible - where are the unabridged versions of Ludlum's early writings? The Holocraft Covenant, The Matarese Circle, The Bourne trilogy - wonderful writing when Ludlum was at his creative best.

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By CC on 08-22-07


I loved the film and I'm sure the full book is great but this version is badly edited, scenes are cut short and the plot doesn't flow at all. Add to the mix the most irritating narrator known to man and you have a disaster. Don't buy this version you will be disapointed.

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By Audrey on 12-09-10

Not as good as the movies

I found this book a bit too fast paced and was very hard to follow didnt enjoy it

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