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If the heard this version, I would think he felt his books had been raped. I've read all 3 books earlier in Norwegian, unless til translater has written extra story into that version, the so caled Value Collection has no value at all.
Don't buy this version, buy the real stuff.
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Tourne. Get it? Torn? Tourne? Sorry, I'll stop...
Anyway, I'm torn on my review for this. And to be fair, this review is premature, as I haven't finished this specific trilogy collection (I've only just started the first part). But I have read all three physical novels before, and I've listened to two other audio recordings. The first was a series of audiobooks that I came across that had to be from the early 80s (the narration began with "Books on Tape"). That first narration was cold and impersonal, the tone of which more befitting a documentary than a thriller series. The next was Scott Brick's unabridged narration of the original trilogy. I enjoyed that set (Scott Brick is a brilliant narrator), though it still wasn't exactly what I wanted. There were times when the mood seemed too depressing for the given setting. I wanted more action, a faster pace, more enthusiasm in the narrator's tone.
Which brings us to this recording. What is up with the cheesy background music? It is just painful. Seriously. Leave. It. Out. The narrator does okay (at least he has so far), though I'm not fully buying his voice as the voice of the characters. And perhaps it's the cheesy music that's ruining it for me. If the music was left out, I really think this would be a far more enjoyable recording, abridged though it is (I typically despise abridged novels, but I was able to download this entire series for 1 credit, so I decided to give it a go).
I'll continue to listen, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it. Ludlum knew how to write espionage thrillers and was brilliant at combining intelligence with action, throwing in the occasional twist for good measure. They really should incorporate Carlos the Jackyl into the movies--that might be what the franchise needs to get it back going again.
Oh, and if you only know Bourne from the movies (which are among my favorite movies ever churned out by Hollywood, by the by), clear your mind and get ready for something entirely new. This is not Matt Damon's Bourne. Damon's Bourne is perfect for the big screen, but Ludlum's Bourne is downright spectacular on the page.