Jason Bourne

14 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,992 ratings

The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Series, Book 1 Summary

Now a classic film, The Bourne Identity is Robert Ludlum's first exploration into the bewildering and chilling world of Jason Bourne. Exciting, fast-paced and powerfully written, you won't escape unchanged.

He was dragged from the sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues: a frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the skin of his hip; evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face; strange things he says in his delirium, which could be code words. And a number on the film negative that leads to a bank account in Zurich, four million dollars, and a name for the amnesiac: Jason Bourne. Now he is running for his life.

A man with an unknown past and an uncertain future, the target of assassins and at the heart of a deadly puzzle. He's fighting for survival and no one can help him - except the one woman who once wanted to escape him....

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  • Book 1

    • The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Series, Book 1

    • By: Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 645
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 474
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 474

    He was dragged from the sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues: a frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the skin of his hip; evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face; strange things he says in his delirium, which could be code words. And a number on the film negative that leads to a bank account in Zurich, four million dollars, and a name for the amnesiac: Jason Bourne. Now he is running for his life.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Can't get past the accents

    • By Chris on 10-12-12

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  • Book 2

    • The Bourne Supremacy: Jason Bourne Series, Book 2

    • By: Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 27 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    Washington, London and Peking - terror sweeps the globe. The Vice-Premier of the People's Republic has been brutally murdered by a legendary assassin and everyone is asking the same fearful questions: Why has Bourne come back? Who is paying him? Who is next on his death list? But US officials know the shocking truth: there is no Jason Bourne. There never was. But someone has resurrected the name, and if he is not stopped, the world will pay a devastating price. Jason Bourne must live again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A truly gripping story from start to finish

    • By Deepak on 30-08-17

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  • Book 3

    • The Bourne Ultimatum: Jason Bourne Series, Book 3

    • By: Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174

    It all starts with a cat-and-mouse chase to the death in a Baltimore funfair: the Jackal, Bourne's age-old antagonist, is back and Bourne is forced from his idyllic retirement with his wife and children to confront his enemy. In Europe, Russia and America there are men and women whose lust for power is disguised by their positions and respectability. Their aim: to gain control at the highest level, to avenge, to destroy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thrill Ride

    • By Jubril Amodu on 11-12-18

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  • Book 4

    • The Bourne Legacy

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 18 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 277
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102

    In Robert Ludlum's ground-breaking career, no other character so captured the world's imagination as Jason Bourne. He appeared in three of Robert Ludlum's own best-selling novels, his best-selling works to this day. Now, with the major motion picture adaptation of Ludlum's The Bourne Supremacy, the Ludlum estate has finally acceded to the demands of readers around the world, turning to best-selling writer Eric Van Lustbader to create a brand new Jason Bourne novel, The Bourne Legacy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it

    • By VSK on 13-09-07

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  • Book 5

    Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal cover art
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  • Book 6

    • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Sanction

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    For Jason Bourne, forever caught between two identities - mild-mannered linguist David Webb and lethal super-spy - life can never be ordinary. But when his old mentor installs him as head of the comparative linguistics department at Georgetown University, it seems he may have found a measure of normalcy at last. That is, until a hitherto unknown terrorist organisation comes up with a plan to execute a major attack on the East Coast of the United States within a week.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jason Bourne does it again

    • By LU on 09-02-11

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  • Book 7

    • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Deception

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader, Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    Jason Bourne's nemesis, Arkadin, is still hot on his trail, and the two continue their struggle, reversing roles of hunter and hunted. When Bourne is ambushed and badly wounded, he fakes his death and goes into hiding. In safety, he takes on a new identity, and begins a mission to find out who tried to assassinate him. Jason begins to question who he really is, how much of him is tied up in the Bourne identity, and what he would become if that was suddenly taken away from him.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Tedious

    • By Andy Hurley on 12-02-18

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  • Book 8

    • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader, Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Readers and listeners were first introduced to Jason Bourne's nemesis Leonid Arkadin, a brilliant Russian assassin and fearless international mercenary, in The Bourne Sanction. His girlfriend was killed during a fight for which an enraged Arkadin blames Bourne. In The Bourne Deception, Arkadin hunted Bourne to take revenge and kill him. Bourne, in a fight for his life, learned that Arkadin's skills mirror Jason's because he received the same original CIA Treadstone training.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Dissapointing and I didn't like the narration

    • By Lee on 10-06-12

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  • Book 9

    • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Dominion

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader, Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Of all Robert Ludlum's bestsellers, the Bourne novels remain among his most-read, most listened-to, and most-loved. Re-enter the shadowy world of Jason Bourne, an expert assassin like no other, in this latest fast-paced, action-packed instalment that shows why Ludlum still remains the unsurpassed master of the genre.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Why the music

    • By richieno1son on 26-08-11

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  • Book 10

    • The Bourne Imperative

    • By: Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    When Jason Bourne pulls a drowning man from a lake, he discovers that the man is not only freezing - but bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He wakes as an amnesiac, with no memory of who he is or why he was shot - and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own past. Meanwhile, Mossad agent Rebekah is so determined to find this man that she's gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and risks a summary execution if caught by her former colleagues.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not remotely "Ludlumesque".

    • By Ray on 08-08-13

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  • Book 11

    • Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Retribution

    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Bourne's friend Eli Yadin, head of Mossad, learns that Ouyang Jidan, a senior member of China's Politburo, and a major Mexican drug lord may have been trafficking in something far more deadly than drugs. Yadin convinces Bourne to investigate. Bourne agrees, but only because he has a personal agenda: Ouyang Jidan is the man who ordered Rebeka - one of the only people Bourne has ever truly cared about - murdered.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • BOURNE ULTIMATUM

    • By Martin on 27-10-16

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  • Book 12

    • Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Ascendancy

    • By: Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    A Jason Bourne novel. Jason Bourne is now working as a 'blacksmith' - someone who is hired by high-level government ministers fearful of assassination attempts. He is paid to impersonate these men at meetings in places of uncertain security around the globe. Bourne is at one such meeting when armed gunmen storm the room - but their target is not the minister he impersonates, it is Bourne himself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Much Better than the latest Jason Bourne movie

    • By Phillip on 07-08-16

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  • Book 13

    • The Bourne Enigma

    • Bourne, Book 13
    • By: Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    Jason Bourne is in Moscow to attend the wedding of his old friend and fellow spymaster, General Boris Karpov. But the general has an important message to deliver to Bourne - 'a lifeline for the end of the world'. Before Bourne can decipher this warning, Karpov's wedding ends in chaos. Bourne discovers that the Russian has betrayed the Kremlin to forewarn him of the crippling disaster about to engulf the world. Bourne has just four days to discover the nature of the catastrophe and put a stop to it.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Ruined by the narration

    • By Anonymous User on 28-01-18

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  • Book 14

    Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Initiative cover art
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