I stumbled upon Steven Goulds books in the Jumper series through one of Audible's sales. I bought the second book (Reflex) at the sale and then bought the first one. Jumper is not an easy listen, it is sometimes a very heavy experience. So if you are the kind of listener who only wants to be excited and never saddened, you should perhaps look elsewhere. All things considered, I still loved the book as well as the sequel.
Since I don't believe in spoilers I won't give away the story. Instead I will borrow a phrase from one of my favorite tv-shows: "You'll laugh, you'll cry, it will change your life".
I first discovered Steven Gould’s Jumper Series from one of Audible's sales. I really liked the first two installments, but I found the second book "Reflex" a tough read since it took me to some really dark places. The third book "Impulse" is more like the first book and a very enjoyable listen. I would have preferred if they had kept Macleod Andrews for Davys voice and let Emily do Milly and Cent (she does an excellent job, but for me it was a bit distracting). Although the book is a coming-of-age story of many sorts, I still found it intriguing. It was with some dread I listened to the book since I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I am satisfied how things plays out.
Regarding my choice of headline... Come on, Mr. Gould. Three Jumper-books in more than two decades, I am sure you could cut the time between books in half. :)
This was my first Jack Reacher book and, if my memory serves me right, also my first Lee Child book. I thought the narrator did a fine job given the material, but the book could have been much better with more editing. I lost track of the authors abuse of ending many dialogue lines with "..., right?" I find it highly unlikely that all these characters would use that kind of language given their varying background. Since I usually keep to the less "gory" side of the mystery/techno/thriller aisle I was kind of put off by the gratuitous violence which in many situations seemed overkill. Some readers will probably find that kind of gory detail exhilarating, but I did not care for it. To end this review on a more positive note, I found the storyline somewhat plausible and it could work both geographically and chronologically.
I won't give the story away in my review. I will summarize the books in three short statements.
1. The book is sometimes mind-bogging.
2. The book is sometimes nightmare inducing.
3. The book is not just a book.
The book has been compared with Lost, in someways the comparison is true, but in others false. Where Lost doled out nuggets here and there "14" is not the same. If you have an open mind or just enjoy getting lost in a great story, listen to "14". I would, however, advice against listening to it shortly before bedtime. Especially while staring into the glowing embers of a fire.
For those of you have have read the previous IDC-books, this is more of the same. And by that I mean, more of the same awesomeness. Oberon is very present in this book and that adds to the story in a very sausage and beef way.
For those who haven't read the previous IDC-books, aww... I wish I had five unread IDC books, I would feel like the richest man on earth. Buy and listen to:
Hounded, Hexed, Hammered and Tricked first and enjoy!
Among other recent books I have listened to (Royal Spyness series and the Iron Druid Chronicles) it's up there with the very best. It was quite a different different read from "Agent to the Stars" (also written by Scalzi and narrated by Will Wheaton), adding more dept and drama while sacrificing some of the comedy. Even though Scalzi's books take place in a science-fiction setting, they have a take home message with is applicable to life on earth in the year 2012.
It's like an amalgamation of a story concerning exploitation of the new world with HHGTTG.
Everything. Just take my word for it since I don't want to spoil the story.
Yes, and I made it so.
Just listen to it.
I like fantasy, I like suspense but I love the Iron Druid Chronicles. Excellent books paired with excellent narration brinks the characters to life. Like I said to my friends: If you hate to laugh, read and life in general this book isn't for you. Otherwise you should read or listen to it.
I would put "Tricked" on par with Frank Muellers narrations of the Dark Tower series.
I really haven't read any other books like it. Suspense and comedy with a fair dose of kick-ass.
I have listened to all of the Iron Druid Chronicle-books and they are all top notch.
Yes and no. You don't want the book to end but you still can't turn it off.
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