I first read Gould's Jumper when it came out in pb more than 20 years ago. It was a great story and well executed. I found out he had a sequel after the movie "Jumper" came out. The sequel was okay, not as good as Jumper, but well done except for the change in the "Jumper" universe to match that of Griffin and the movie. The change was not for the better.
I did not listen to the reviewer who complained that this was a child's (young adult) story, after all, I read the first Harry Potter and it was aimed at a similar age. However, this book comes across as a 14 year old girl's pov (I know Cent is 16). If I had really wanted to read a book on teenage angst and the perils of high school gym... well, I wouldn't want to read that story. Unfortunately, after four hours of listening, I don't know that I can go on with it. There's just nothing happening.
I may update this review if I manage to finish the book, but it isn't looking good. For someone who wrote Jumper, this is a total departure.
I don't know, a couple of teenie boppers?
In the future, pay more attention to the listener reviews.
Okay, I wasn't that fond of Steven's last Jumper novel for the reasons I've already stated, but EXO is another thing entirely. This novel is great for the 12-18 crowd and reminds me a lot of the young adult SF novels of my own youth. The most recent novel that I felt was this good (and of the same ilk) was The Martian, but it was an adult book and not a young adult book. While the previous novel of Cent and her family had far too much teenage angst for me to enjoy and the subject matter didn't appeal, this novel has less angst and more Low Earth Orbit. Steven has obviously researched the International Space Station and the problems associated with micro-gravity and he handles it well. The narration by Ms Rankin was once again dead on for the voice of Cent.
Obviously Cent was the best character, although several others were nearly as enjoyable.
I normally only listen to audio books while driving, but that's only about an hour per day. I finished this book in three days by spending a good share of my home time listening to it also.
Give it to your adolescent and pre-adolescent friends, they'll love you for it.
Another fantastic story of the fantastic by one of the best 21st century writers. The story is great and only made greater by the again perfect narration of Oliver Wyman. Even though I buy the print copies, I have to listen to Oliver's rendition of the voices that I've come to know and love. This novel, like "Alpha" does not follow Pitt and instead follows the exploits of the undefeatable Agent Franks. This is a must have novel for fans of the series and if you haven't listened to any of them yet, start with the first one and listen to all of them. You will not be disappointed; I guarantee you.
Any Heinlein fan would find this novel enjoyable. While his only fantasy, most of the technology in this book was explained as science and not magic. The character creation and word play is vintage Heinlein.
The only complaint I have on the reader is that the volume on the primary female character, Star, drops off considerably from the other characters. When you're listening in a convertible, it means cranking up the volume.
Heinlein first published this book 50 years ago this year and it's been 40 since I first read it. While some people feel that the interplay between the sexes has changed so much in the intervening decades, I note them and enjoy seeing how much has changed. Surprisingly, these distracters never criticize Dickens, Wells, Dumas, or Bronte for their writing in their own milieus.
Heinlein is known for his strong feminine characters (based loosely on his wife Victoria). The hero in this novel, like many of Heinlein's, could not succeed without the assistant of the primary female character.
Griffin's story is great as a stand-alone book. I first read Jumper in paperback about 20 years ago, but listened to it on Audible after it came out. I picked up Griffin's Story when the movie came out and was surprised by the abandonment of the Jumper Universe. If there's a flaw in Griffin Story, it's in Steven's adapting his Jumper universe to match the movie (Jumper). This novel is not consistant in many details with the universe that appeared in Jumper and Reflex, both excellent books.
I recommend this book as a stand-alone novel to anyone who hasn't read Jumper.
Good delivery, good voice, no complaints.
Definitely worth a credit.
This is by far the best novel I've listened to in the last decade of premium membership with Audible. The story is as good or better than Neal's "Snow Crash" and reminds me a little of the 80's and 90's works of Dean Koontz (before his preachy phase). I would heartily recommend this to anyone, although it falls into the thriller genre as much as anything. I was amazed that someone I thought of as a cyber-punk author could twist a modern epic as well as this. Some people think he relied too much on coincidence to bring about a stunning climax, but others believe that Fate will have out. This novel is a good example of the concept that events shape the man. For here, incredible events do shape the man and more so the woman.
The depth of characters and the depth of plot.
A single misstep marks the trek of a lifetime.
I must say that the "Salvo Mystery Winner of the Year" caught my attention and got me to listen to this book. The sample was okay and the narration was good. The writing, however, could have used a good editor, a fact checker, and a plot that didn't have a wheelchair bound child being the only person on earth who could defeat the alien menace. How clich?d.
Really, except for constantly foreshadowing every event, every death, every plot point with author intrusion. It wasn't too bad.
Unless you think about the improbability of an alien menace needed to wait a billion years for man to develop nuclear energy to perform a mission which it could have just as easily done by drawing energy from the local star.
Okay to listen to if you are bored and can't find anything to prick your interest, but don't look for a great story.
I've been reading Dean's novels since 1968. This is not one of my favorites, even though it has some really good moments and Dean's normal attention to detail that shows his research into the background of his characters. The main villain is similar to the DROTH villain, but with enough uniqueness to make him stand out. The protagonist is typical of Dean and likens to those in The Good Husband, DROTH, and Life Expectancy.
The female lead was interested although some of her background seemed torn from another of Dean's books.
Overall I liked the book and found the ending justified the body.
Very entertaining. The best spy book I've listened to in the past 4 years of listening to audible.com.
The latest in the "southern vampire" series is typical Charlaine Harris. Her characters are warm and well fleshed. This episode continues to follow Sooky with her misadventures? with the "supe" community of vamps, weres, fairys, demons, and the others.
The only detriment to this recording, I like the printed version slightly better. But there's nothing wrong with the audio version.
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