©1990 Robert Ludlum; (P)1990 Bantam Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
Hard to describe just how shockingly bad this is. Perhaps the book's fantastic, but I'll never know because everything - the 1980s production values, the dull monotone of the (American) reader (I wouldn't dare describe them as a narrator) the schmaltzy and continuous background music - sets my teeth on edge and makes it impossible to listen to; horrible!
This is my first real disappointment from Audible.co.uk - I'll definitely be using the 'listen before you buy' feature in future, and suggest you do too!
Usually, I like Ludlums work, but I've found that you need to hang on to the story to catch all the twists and curves. Unfortunatly, Mr McGavin's speedreading exersize paves over all those elements. Add the cheesy background music and the only ultimatum this work warrents is "bypass this book". The work is less than 3 CD's long, but you'll find yourself wondering if it will ever end.
Darren McGavin is difficult to understand at best in this rendition of "The Bourne Ultimatim" which makes for a long and difficult listening experience. His ability to switch voices is limited and thus leads to considerable confusion for the listener. Combine this with a very poor recording and music mixing and it is just not worth the listeners time or investment. The abridgement is extreme and the story line suffered. I was not going to finish but held on hoping it would improve toward the end, it didn't. I will read the book to see just how much I missed.
If this had been done as well as the Bourne Legacy it would have been great.
"poor sound mixing and reading"
The reader may be a famous actor but I thought the reading was not done well, and the music mixing made it hard to understand. Not Ludlum's greatest effort. I have enjoyed other books from Ludlum.
"Seems it is the narrator who is being chased."
I agree, too abridged. Sometimes it gets too fast. Maybe it was because it is my first audiobook, but I kept track because I tried to picture Matt Damon doing all the movements.
"Going to go get the Bourne Legacy now!"
I'm training for the Komen 3 day walk so that means hours and hours of walking every week. I downloaded the Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum and listened to them both in one weekend. I loved the reader's gritty voice although sometimes it seemed like he was blending the voices and accents of some of the characters. Maybe it is just me, but I find these stories a little hard to follow, not being able to attach faces to characters. But I love them, and this one was especially good because it developed the 2d hand characters very well. I would have liked a little more background and development of Carlos the Jackal, but perhaps that was cut during the abridging process.
"Best Robert Ludlum Book!"
Yes, I will hear it again due to the fact it is a conclusion of the first book (The Bourne Identity) and will refer the unabridged version for those who wants the real effect, but, this version for those who wants to get the jest of the series.
Conclusion from The Bourne Identity and has that Oh My Lord! factor is there for the young at heart.
The wow factor. Perfect voice for this story. The tone and attitude of the voice fits the story.
Two great assassins but one will survive.
State above, prefer to buy the unabridged version for the whole book for the full experience but this will do for the book review.
"This is really bad!"
This audio book is incomplete. There are skipped big parts. I just followed narattor with mine paper book, and scream like hell. I want my money back!
Horrible Narration ever!!! I'd watch out for this Narrator next time.. the book as such isn't bad..
"The worst reading ever"
This was the worst audible book recording I've ever heard! The narrator was horrible and there was this TERRIBLE background music that was annoying and distracting. Way to ruin a great book...
"Horrible dramatic reading"
The horrible dramatic reading destroys any value that the text itself might have.
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