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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,498 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ludlum Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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The world's two deadliest spies in the ultimate showdown.

At a small-town carnival two men, each mysteriously summoned by telegram, witness a bizarre killing. The telegrams are signed Jason Bourne. Only they know Bourne's true identity and understand the telegram is really a message from Bourne's mortal enemy, Carlos, known also as the Jackal, the world's deadliest and most elusive terrorist. And furthermore, they know that the Jackal wants: a final confrontation with Bourne.

Now David Webb, professor of Oriental studies, husband, and father, must do what he hoped he would never have to do again: assume the terrible identity of Jason Bourne. His plan is simple: to infiltrate the politically and economically Medusan group and use himself as bait to lure the cunning Jackal into a deadly trap, a trap from which only one of them will escape. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason Burt | 2/18/2014

    " Very disappointed in this book as it was nothing like the movie. I'll take the Jason Bourne movies over this book any time (and I usually really like the book much more than the movie). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Câ„“inton Sheppard | 2/17/2014

    " Non-stop action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Siddle | 2/9/2014

    " Awesome... Having read and enjoyed the first two books and having read a few less than complimentary reviews, I wasn't really looking forward to this one. How wrong was I... Just shows that you shouldn't always take someone else's word for it. Really glad I decided to read this book. A fantastic roller coaster ride of a novel that twists and turns all over the place. Very, very good. I highly recommend this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aliza | 2/4/2014

    " I read the whole trilogy about 9 years ago, but didn't remember the story. It's taken me a while to get through this last one of the series. I feel as if he repeats himself so much. David Webb/Jason Bourne fighting with himself...trying not to lose control of who he is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Navajojim | 2/1/2014

    " wow, this version of bourne reminds me of, well, me. Getting our ass kicked over and over. Thats not jason bourne, nice try, this author butchered this character beyond recognition. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Michael | 1/27/2014

    " After three grueling months I finally finished reading this book. You may ask yourself: "If it was so grueling, why did he finish it at all?" Good question! After reading the first two books in the Bourne trilogy, I felt compelled to finally see the final confrontation between Jason Bourne and Carlos the Jackal. Now I will admit that The Bourne Ultimatum was not nearly as boring and convoluted as its predecessor, The Bourne Supremacy. However, I'm fairly certain that Robert Ludlum took a class on writing ridiculously bad exposition dialogue before completing the series. The characters never say anything the least bit natural or believable in the entire book, and every conversation seems to include one character saying to another, "I'm not following you", after which the speaker tediously explains their prior explanation about unexplained government conspiracies in an inexplicable fashion. Hey Robert--if your characters need the dialogue re-explained so that your reader will have the slightest clue what the hell's going on...maybe it's time to write better! Of course, Ludlum's dead, so we know he can't read this. Just like I could barely read his book. If the book had been about 400 pages shorter, it would have at least been fast-paced and fun, but at over 660 pages, it was incredibly overblown and repetitive. It's a real shame, because I loved The Bourne Identity. Without the mystery of who Jason Bourne is and why he knows how to be such an amazing super-spy, there's nothing to draw you into the story. Stay away unless you are a hard-core Ludlum or spy-thriller fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 1/27/2014

    " This is the 2nd book of the series of 'Bourne' books that are entitled exactly as the movie-tie-ins. Someone had told me that the books do not follow the movies very well and I agree. I loved the movies. There is something about the scenery; the almost believability of Jason Bourne's character/ability to be super-human yet he shows emotion as he chooses to grasp at the areas of his person that have been brain-washed away. That last sentence was in reference to the movies. About the books - a 'cat and mouse' drama if ever there was one. The 'Jackal' is supposedly the world's most elusive and popular assassin. A conspiracy has been developed - enter 'Jason Bourne' who competes with the Jackal for notoriety. Then Jason - finds himself. You'll have to read the book to find out how this happens. Then Jason has to hunt the Jackal down because the Jackal - who is jealous and annoyed that there is a 'legend' of Jason's ascension as 'top assassin, has threatened to kill Jason's family. No doubt that this book is a page-turner and I liked it but nothing really happens. The Jackal keeps setting up traps for Jason. Jason figures them out and then reverses the situation. The book goes on like this. I cannot find the emotional attachment to Jason as I did with the films. What I liked about the book: conspiracy theories galore. Wow, Robert Ludlum takes us back to Saigon and the Vietnam Era; has one speculating 'along with' the handful of characters who are trying to find out about 'Medusa' (you'll have to read the book to understand that term), and wow - the financial institutions in our world according to said Robert Ludlum in his thrilling fiction - are so interconnected. And no-one is safe. Good book. So far I like the movies better and this never happens for me. It must be the music !! The music can draw me in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 1/23/2014

    " Decent book. The third book in the series and was more of the same. It took a lot longer to read than the other two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robbie | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The books are a lot more fun than the movies and are entirely different. Quite thrilling and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurice Murphy | 1/16/2014

    " This book just got too repetitive... same thing over and over Should have been over much sooner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott Thrift | 12/15/2013

    " I don't know why I keep reading these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayfish82 | 11/26/2013

    " The books are way better than the movies... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 11/26/2013

    " I hate when people say it, cause it sounds snooty, but the books really are way better than the movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dj | 10/31/2013

    " Better than and different from that movie. Action-packed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 10/2/2013

    " Thank god I finally finished reading this. It was getting excruciatingly long winded, drawn out and lost in its own plot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 8/13/2013

    " Complicated story that seems to jump around too much with too many loose ends. It nicely wraps up the Bourne saga, (I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE NEXT ONE), which is really the only reason to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 4/22/2013

    " Intresting book, but it seemed to drag on a bit, and the ending was not what I had hoped for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jann | 3/16/2013

    " Maybe I'm just not smart enough to follow the plot in this one. I have tried to read it more than once, and I can always find a good reason to put it down, no matter what point in the book I make it to. I mean, really. Who is the Jackal? Who is Cain? Who is Delta again? And why would I care? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Murali | 2/18/2013

    " The worst of the three books in this series. Takes too many diversions and a very bad ending. Involves every other agency in the world from Cia to KGB. I Wish Ludlum had not written this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cohan | 12/30/2012

    " Completely different from the movie of the same name. A definite page-turner, if not exactly high literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 12/30/2012

    " I lost track of this story a bit by the third volume, but a visit with Bourne and his unusual history is always gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Black | 11/11/2012

    " Again this book is nothing like the movie, but is a good finish to Ludlum's trilogy. The long battle between Jason Bourne and Carlos the Jackal finally comes to a close. The book was an enjoyable read although it could have been about 200-pages shorter and would have been just as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 11/1/2012

    " Great, suspenseful novel....nothing like the movie though. If you have seen the movies you will be surprised that his wife Marie is alive in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrián | 8/24/2012

    " So Ludlum you will find hard to keep the book away "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Krueger | 8/21/2012

    " Completed the series but dragged out a little bit... this series is good but clearly the first book is the best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad Majorie | 7/21/2011

    " A little bit disappointed by the last installment. The book kind of drug on with the hunt for Carlos The Jackal. As a trilogy, great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 7/20/2011

    " Really good read, got into it far more easily than the less impressive Bourne Supremacy. This is almost on a par with Bourne Identity for quality. The action was global and relentless. I'm unsure about reading the further sequels written as this seems a good end to the original trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 6/2/2011

    " long time ago but great read at the time.....cold war shenanigans and all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwhitehead | 3/13/2011

    " Best spy novel I've read (to date). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roseanne | 2/26/2011

    " Read these when they were first published. Excellent series. Never saw the movies as I didn't want to spoil it for myself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/9/2010

    " Some books should not be abridged. These are some of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 4/2/2010

    " Simply breathtaking if its adventure and espionage you desire... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mollie | 7/22/2009

    " I read them before seeing the movies, so I loved them. They are nothing like the movies made from them. There is a lot of serious violence and some language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannine | 4/16/2009

    " I am a huge fan of the Bourne series. I loved them all. Very suspenseful and full of action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis | 2/17/2009

    " I've read them all - at least once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/31/2009

    " I loved the Bourne Trilogy- I read them all 3 times and would gladly read them all again. Very enjoyable- great characters, action, and complexity of plot that I love! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/9/2008

    " I read the Bourne books a few years before the movies came out. I very much enjoyed the movies, but the books are AMAZING. The plot is very different than the movies, so it's not as though watching the movies will ruin the books for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefie | 7/22/2008

    " I do have to say that I wish I was Jason Bourne. Only this man can be shot 500 times and still save the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 7/7/2008

    " There is profanity in books 2 & 3 so don't say I didn't forewarn you.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/2/2008

    " I thought that the books were really great! Definitely such a different story-line from the movies that they came out with. Much more going on, more character development - a good beach read! "

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About the Author
Author Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum (1927–2001) was the author of twenty-five novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. His works include The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and, perhaps most famously, the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—among others. The Bourne novels were the basis for three blockbuster films. Born in New York City, Ludlum received a BA from Wesleyan University, and before becoming an author, he was a United States Marine, a theater actor, and a producer.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.