Saturday, August 22, 2009

Review: The Bourne Deception by Eric Van Lustbader

After Bourne is ambushed and nearly killed while in Indonesia, he fakes his death to take on a new identity and mission- to find out who is trying to assassinate him. In the process, Bourne begins to question who he really is and what he would become if he no longer carried the Bourne identity. Across the globe, an American passenger airliner is shot down over Egypt-apparently by an Iranian missile-leaving the world wondering if it was an accident or an act of aggression. A massive global team lead by Soraya Moore is assembled to investigate the attack before the situation escalates.

When Bourne's search for his would-be assassin intersects with Soraya's search for the group behind the airplane bombing, Bourne is thrust into a race to prevent a new world war. But it may already be too late.


Received from the publisher.

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (13 CDs/14.75 hours).

While the story was interesting, and the reader very good, I simply could not get into this one. I felt like I just jumped into the middle of a book and just couldn't get oriented. I should say that, while I've seen all the Bourne movies, this was my first Bourne book which, of course, seriously handicapped my enjoyment.

This one gets six stars. It had some very annoying sound effects which really took away from the recording, rather than adding to it. The reader, Jeremy Davidson (who plays Chase Moran on Army Wives) did a very good job. I'm sure this would be lovely for fans of the Bourne novels, but I just wasn't particularly impressed. It was also very long, and seemed to drag on and on.

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆



2 comments:

Natalie W said...

Sometimes audio books are very hard to get into because of the background stuff or the narrators voice! But this book is one on my list of must reads, definitely paper!
Great review!

Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) said...

I normally don't read much in this genre but my dad loves this series. I've tried listening to The Host but I haven't been able to listen past a several minutes without my mind wandering off and I've heard good things about that book.

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