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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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4 out of 5 stars
By P. Shuart on 08-13-09

Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++

You are hard pressed to find many books that are so descriptive that it requires less imagination than one would think to be right there with Bourne. Scott Brick is one of my favarite narrators and does a wonderful job on this long awaited recording of the Unabridged novel.

Beware lover's of the Bourne movies: There is little in these books that you can relate to the Hollywood productions. There is so much more.

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5 out of 5 stars
By shelley on 04-30-14

Where the heck did the movie come from?

What made the experience of listening to The Bourne Identity the most enjoyable?

This was such a good book I LOVED it! The Bourne movies are great and I was reluctant to purchase the books because I thought they would be redundant. Maybe a little more fleshed out but boy was I mistaken! The two stories bare some similarities but that's where it ends. This book it Action Packed from beginning to end. There are a lot of characters but I did not think it was difficult to keep up with them. I cannot wait to finish the remaining Ludlum/Bourne books. Not sure if I will listen to the post Ludlum but will probably at least try one.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Silly question! Jason Bourne I would hope.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott Brick is one of my Favorite narrators. I would be happy listening to him read the phone book!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I think that's already been done.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. If you've seen the movie don't look for it the book, forget everything you think you know about Jason Bourne or you will be disappointed. If you do decide to get this you are in for a Very Enjoyable listening experience. This is Robert Ludlum at his best. Certainly worth a credit.

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