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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 33 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 24, 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000RGULDI
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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal Audiobook – Unabridged
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Firstly, there are a TON of errors in this book! I didn't know that people would seriously publish a book without looking it over first. Just to mention one problem with this book: on several occurrences, Bourne starts speaking a language he didn't speak in the original series. I know that he could have learned Russian or whatever in that period of time between Ultimatum and Betrayal but what are the chances of that? Ludlum makes it very clear that Jason does not speak Russian in Ultimatum, and he speaks it fluently in Betrayal.
Secondly, the characters are so boring and unrealistic that it's annoying. Also, it seems that Bourne is constantly wounded. Why Lustbander?? Is this necessary? I very much doubt that. I hate how Jason seemed to be so void of emotions too.
I am almost surprised at myself, because usually I am very open to books, even if they are not very good. But I am very disappointed with this book, and Lusbander for making it such a terrible read.
It also seems that the antagonists are not very strong characters. Carlos, for example, is a very well-developed, evil, spine-chilling dude. What happened with Lustbander's antagonists? They seem to the reader unreal, see-through, and no personality at all. Not like Carlos in any way whatsoever. Lame with a capital L.
Oh ya, and one more thing. The beginning of this book was so bad and poorly written I felt like quitting reading. (FYI: I love to read) I was so angry at how he shaped it, it was just so bad.
I know that this is just personal preference, but I hate how Lustbander always calls Jason just "Bourne". It makes him seem like a machine, not a person. Not once does the author mention him by his first name, which really bugs me.
I am not reading any more of his books, that is for sure. I need to cleanse my mind with some real books, like Ludlums "Prometheus Deception",g great book, by the way.
Well, the story is contemporary and only mildly racist. That's the good part. The plot, with one little exception that is not very remarkable, is easy to anticipate, easy to figure out and anti-climactic once the author decides to let you in on what you have already concluded. One more time in these kinds of "thrillers" the accidental or coincidental events, totally outside the ability of the characters to create, over-shadow the skill and expertise of the major characters. How many countless times is one of the characters in the right place at the right time facing disaster or death only to have some miraculous situation unfold that has nothing to do with the players? The cavalry rides to the rescue 20 times too often.
The dialogue is "iffy" at best. Unfolding of the various elements of the plot are unbelievable at worst. We all know these stories are not supposed to really show what is possible, or what is phenomenal, but be close enough to make you suspend judgment for some pages. Not here for sure, though, with neither a scintilla of "possible" nor an engaging "phenomeon."
The settings, the ideas, the contemporaneous nature of the dilemmas are all interesting --- or, better, "could be" interesting. I fear that the "success" of the movies has now dictated a dumbing down of the novels, with Mr. Van Lustbader cashing in on a new movie-going readership. I liked the opening 10 pages, and then WHAM!" boring, boring psychologist visit for Bourne.
At best the book is uneven, filled with exceptionally boring and useless flashback detail of his forgotten life that haunts Bourne. At worst, it is predictable and too long.