• Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Initiative

  • By: Eric Van Lustbader
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (242 ratings)

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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Initiative

By: Eric Van Lustbader
Narrated by: Holter Graham
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Publisher's Summary

Jason Bourne returns in this stunning new thriller from Eric Van Lustbader, continuing Robert Ludlum's classic series. 

General Boris Karpov, head of the feared Russian FSB, is dead. But Karpov has reached out from the grave with an unstoppable cyber operation he conceived before his murder, aimed at the heart of the United States - a way to steal the president's nuclear launch codes. Who has taken over the operation? Karpov trusted only one man: Jason Bourne. But can Bourne be working against his own country? The US government is convinced of his treason and is doing everything in its power to kill him. Flushed from cover and gravely wounded, Bourne's only hope is to join forces with his bitterest enemy: A powerful Somali terrorist named Keyre and his protoge, the Angelmaker. If he hopes to survive, Bourne has no choice but unravel the mystery of Karpov's last legacy - a weaponized code that may bring about the unthinkable: A violent end to America. 

©2017 Eric Van Lustbader (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Hard to listen to

I love the Bourne movies and was excited to give this a listen. The story was pretty solid and the plot intriguing. My challenge was that the reader seemed a bit removed from the storyline. Also, the tone and cadence of the voice he used for the main character was flat and almost hard to listen too. I gutted it out and didn't return it, but there are so many better picks out there. I will listen to the previews more closely next time to make sure I don't have to go through that again.

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Disappointing.

lt is a pity that author copies class B action movies instead of develooing the full potential of this exceptional character. I know how difficult it must be to compete with the real world, which became a thriller itself. Nevertheless, one expect from Bourne novels more than a dummy Bourne and a plot, which is artificial, predictable and devoured of true emotions.

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Terrible narration

Holter Graham ruins this book. Foreign accents are muddled. Womens voices too soft to understand. Will not buy another audio book that he reads. Had to turn volume to the max to have a chance but still couldn't understand most of it

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very disapointing

The story was unbelievable and the writing appeared sloppy compared to all the other Bourne books. I was very disappointed in it.

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Ludlum never fails to impress

Very good listen, I've read multiple soft covers but this is the first ludlum/Borne I've listened to. beyond a few slow parts that made me give it a 4 (were 4.5 available I'd chose that), otherwise can't miss with this one.

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Another great Bourne kept me on edge of my chair.

Another great Bourne which kept me on the edge of my chair and stayed interesting start to finish.

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Very good. Really enjoyed

Really enjoyed this book. Van Lustbader has done a great job continuing the Bourne series.

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not much of a story to many personalities

Is there anything you would change about this book?

just about everything, and this is the first negative review of a book.

What was most disappointing about Eric Van Lustbader’s story?

hard to keep up with the times and places.

Did Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Initiative inspire you to do anything?

not buy another and I like Jason Bourne

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Best Bourne Book Ever!

Narrator excellent. New characters intriguing from beginning to end (quite literally sometimes), storyline clarity as well; even if this is someone's first Bourne novel, its easy to follow and compelling enough to make you want to start from Bourne's beginning novel to clarify the back story on a few characters from Bourne's other adventures. I felt Bourne's character was also fleshed out a bit more as well; he's complex and multifaceted to the nth degree. Looking forward to the next adventure with the groundwork set for a new character in place now. Would make excellent movie and, in my opinion, the characters and storyline would not need to be as frenetic in action with too many superfluous characters flooding the screen as filler leaving it hard to follow.

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Great Read

Bourne gives the reader the thrill of escapism. He prevails under any and all seemingly impossible situations. We live through his exploits and dream of what we might have been and the relish in knowing and loving the life we enjoy.