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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 6 minutes
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- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 May 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ42E4
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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal Audio Download – Abridged
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I nearly refrained from purchasing the Van Lustbader Bourne books from fear that they would be nothing more than stretching the story, as is not unheard of within television shows these days. But upon reading The Bourne Betrayal I found that this was by no means the case: I found the story to be absolutely fantastic! A brilliantly written and immersive spy-thriller, with a substantial, and what I believe to be inspired, twist in the plot.
I have noticed some of my fellow reviewers expressing dissappointment in the techniques and style with which the book was written, which is their prerogative, but personally I would argue that these are merely a result of a new author, and though it is true that certain differences can be noticed I feel that - yes, the style of the writing features a few differences from the originals, but further that Van Lustbader's take on the story of Jason Bourne is superb in its own right and ever remains true to the original novels.
An excellent read :)
Thankfully the good far outweighs the bad. 'Betrayal' contains a clever, intricate plot with lots of twists and surprises. It's never completely clear how the book will end. The locations are also very nice. I really enjoyed reading about Ethopia, Turkey, and the Ukraine. The lenghty foot chase through Odessa was the highlight of the book for me.
One thing Lustbader does better than Ludlum is villains. Carlos aside, I can't remember much in the way of villains in the first three books. In this entry there are lots of different threats to Bourne, all with distinct names and personalities and varying motivations. The lenghthy Arabic names are sometimes annoying but it's only a minor complaint.
The timeline of these latest two books doesn't mesh all that well with the first three, most glaringly Bourne's age. You just have to use your imagination though to get past it (which is part and parcel of reading books anyway). Lustbader writing about a 60 year old spy with knee trouble wouldn't have been nearly as much fun to follow. It's much easier to simply pretend Bourne was younger than stated in the original trilogy and get on with it.
The plot is threadbare, and at times entirely transparent, relying on contrived twists that are about as subtle as an ice cream van approaching a primary school. The style is clunky at best and for the most part painful to read, leaving you wondering whethe Lustbader actually put pen to paper, or whether this was generated by a not very elaborate thriller writing program, that simply takes a wealth of B-movie cliches and spits them out in something vaguely resembling a book.
It has clearly been written with a film in mind, but unfortunately straight to DVD and into the bargain bucket. The style, language, action are all a let down; none invoke the tension and drama that you would associate with Bourne.
It is a real shame that the publishers felt this was worthy of being part of the Bourne brand, but if I'd have know what I was picking up as an airport thriller, I'd have left well alone and not tarnished everything I've enjoyed about Bourne so far.
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What a read. What a man. What an author. What more to say other than I must get the next book in the series.Published 1 month ago by William Lightbody
Great book from a great author and an awesome read. The service and speed of delivery was great too.Published 10 months ago by Jason Markland
I prefer the original Ludlum books but Eric van Lustbader picks up well from Ludlum. As always a high octane read with lots going on. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. M. Godden
this is the second book I did not receive. The last one was because of a payment hitch but there is no reason given for this one. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mrs. Pm Hutchings