Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Audiobook Review: The Bourne Objective by Eric Van Lustbader

Here is a summary of The Bourne Objective from the Hachette website:

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.

My Review:
I was very excited to listen to this audiobook read by Scott Sowers since I have seen the Bourne movies and enjoyed all of them.  I usually enjoy action-packed audiobooks but I must admit that this is one that I didn't enjoy at all.  Maybe it is actually because all of the excitement going on in my life right now, but I just found that I could not focus on the story at all.

So you all know that Jason Bourne is a secret agent, for what agency I don't know.  But it does seem that someone is always chasing him and trying to kill him.  This story is not any different in that aspect.  I really do not even know what Bourne was trying to accomplish in this novel, except for trying to locate a laptop that obviously had some very important information on it.  Besides the quest for the laptop, there is also some lesbian activity and even a shark attack at some point, but who was attacked I can't recall.

The one part of the story line that I was able to follow had to do with Bourne reflecting on a past romantic relationship with a gal named Tracy, who happened to die in his arms.  Bourne recalls his relationship when he is introduced to Tracy's sister and her little girl.  Since Bourne has made contact with this mother/daughter duo, their lives are also now in danger.

I actually did listen to the whole audiobook thinking that I would enjoy it as time went on, but it didn't happen for me.  The story did not grab me at any point and I still don't really know what Bourne was trying to accomplish, except for what the summary indicates above.  I'm not really sure who would like this one as an audiobook, but I can assure you that it wasn't for me.

My Rating:  1/5

Disclosure:  This book is from my personal library and I listened to it for my own entertainment.


bermudaonion said...

Sorry this was a stinker. Sometimes it's the book and sometimes it's the reader.

Teresa said...

I've started this one before but abandoned it thinking that it just wasn't the right time for me. Maybe its just the book? I might give it another try someday.