Fast-paced, logical and clever
The teleporting hero is most interesting. He is unexpectedly moral given his ability to travel and enter wherever he likes. The author treats the advantages as well as challenges of having such a "superpower" in an unexpectedly serious fashion. Its impact on the hero's relationship with friends, how he copes with ordinary human problems and the dangers of the modern world, lends credibility to the characters.
The foiling of the terrorists was great fun.
Just enjoyed the ride.
The book is great for teens and not too simplistic for adults. It suggests happiness is not guaranteed and has to be worked at even when one has a superpower.
I enjoyed the story line... Kept me interested for the whole book! read it 3 times. Listened to it once.
I didn't read the print version so I can't compare the two.
Millie was my favorite character because I believe she really cared for Davy. She understood that revenge would not bring the healing Davy thought it would. I believe she was the only one in the book that knew what was best for Davy, even better than Davy himself.
My favorite scene was when Davy took his father to his mother's grave and then to the rehab center. I felt sorry for Davy because of how he was hurt by his father, but I also felt sorry for his father because most likely he had also been hurt by someone just like himself growing up. If Davy isn't careful, he will become his father, because most often "we are what we know."
No extreme reactions for me...didn't laugh or cry. But the book did give me a lot to think about.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. My chief complaint...foul language. It just isn't necessary to make a book interesting and worth reading. I chose this book for my book club because I saw the movie based on this series.
Top 25% of the books I've listened to. I listen to a lot of books!
Good story. Well narrated.
Well done! Good voice inflection. Good pace. Enjoyed it.
Couldn't put it down.
One of the freshest Sci-Fi stories to come out the last few decades. It is an original concept that kept me guessing throughout the story. One of the best in my collection now.
Hope Mr. Gould writes some more.
This is marketed as a science fiction novel, but it's really a superhero story. But a superhero story written as a "serious" science fiction novel, in which the premise is that the "superhero" is the only one of his kind. Ever thought "Yeah, superpowers in reality would change the world, not just lead to a bunch of costumed gangs beating on each other in the streets of New York?" This book explores that a little, though Davy, our would-be hero, doesn't change the world, much.
Davy is a teleporter. By the usual standards of superhero teleporters, he's very powerful - he soon learns he can teleport anywhere he's been before, anywhere in the world, in literally a blink. He can also teleport other objects and people with him, and when he experiments with velocity (i.e. jumping off of cliffs and teleporting), he learns there are some weird nullification of momentum effects as well.
Davy's powers drive the book, but Davy's history and personality make it more a book about a guy with a superpower than a book about a superpower. Davy's father is a violent alcoholic, and he discovers his power for the first time when he jumps away from a beating. Then he runs away, and uses his power for the second time to escape a bunch of would-be rapist truck drivers.
Here and a couple of other places are where the author gets a bit cliched - yokel lowlife truck-drivers that seem to have walked off the set of Deliverance, there is some soapboxing about freedom and government abuse of authority when Davy winds up crossing the NSA, and they find out about his powers, and a few ruminations on how terrible it is to be poor and/or homeless as callous rich people walk past you. Davy is hardly perfect, though - he is generally benevolent and tries to do good with his powers, but that's after pretty much the first thing he does, once he figures them out, is empty a bank vault.
Davy is flawed and human and kind of annoying. He is very realistic as a child of abuse, compounded by the issue of a runaway mother, so in this sense his "broken-ness" was understandable, but it also made him kind of a wimp, and while I suppose his fumbling, adolescent infatuation with his older girlfriend was also believable, it made me wince.
Jumper gets more interesting as Davy finds himself drawn into a cat-and-mouse game with terrorists and the NSA. The latter is a pet peeve of mine, which also showed the author's biases and ignorance (the NSA does not chase US citizens around on US soil! Even if they are considered terrorists, that would be a job for the FBI!). And it was a bit Stephen King-ish with the government playing the usual role of sinister, unsympathetic Men In Black. (Davy even references Firestarter explicitly, which is another thing that made the book great - Davy is pretty genre-savvy.)
I really liked the book, despite not much liking Davy. It's a great story that tries to take a "realistic" view of what would happen to someone who's the only super-powered person (so far as he knows) in the world, and the human interaction makes it much more than an action-adventure story.
The reader/actor does an AMAZING job of speaking in Davy's voice. I really feel like I'm part of the story as I listen
I have to say this is his best. It's like he IS Davy.
When he first meets his mother.
I really really really really wish there was some way to remove the stupid music at the beginning. When will these book companies realize that that music is NOT inspirational or feel good, but simply drowns out the reader and annoys the listener.
The first half of the book dragged on and was riddled with over-description and was more of an overly emotional tale of a kid that cries at the slightest provocation that just so happens to have the ability to teleport...it seemed as if the author haphazardly threw together an origin story. it seemed as if the ability to teleport was an afterthought and a poor attempt to get readers aware of therapy and dealing with emotions...It wasn't until the second half of the book, that it picked up and the teleportation was the focus, the main character starts thwarting terrorism as part of his revenge quest. if you read it I would suggest reading the first 2 chapters then skipping to the halfway point and continuing from there...save yourself the boredom of the first half as much as possible.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Jumper is a good listen, briskly paced, straightforward, hard to turn off, well narrated. Good qualities all. But beneath that, it's really just a teenage fantasy: What would you do if you could teleport anywhere anytime? Take care of your family issues, move to New York City, impress a girl. And eventually run afoul of the authorities. Don't want to introduce spoilers, so let's just leave it at that.
In the second half, the fantasy goes one step further and our adolescent hero becomes a superhero. Hence the three star story rating -- that's taking the wish fulfillment a little too far. Written in 1992, the premise of the superhero stuff is partially dated, although still partially relevant. Gould ends up teaching his hero the lesson that wish fulfillment really isn't the answer, but only after going through all the motions.
Overall, worth listening to as long as you don't subject it to too much critical scrutiny.
loved this book from when I was younger and was psyched when they said they were making a movie out of it years later. they completely butchered the book by changing 90% of the story. Now that I've went through the story again 16 years after the first time reading it I'm once again angry at how they totally screwed up a fun and clever story.