My teenage son listened to Jumper first and kept telling me "This is so good, this is so good!" I enjoyed every minute of Jumper, from the beginning where Davey discovers and explores his ability to teleport to the end where he uses his talent in attempts to exact revenge on those who have wronged him.
The author does a wonderful job of portraying Davy as a teenager, with the fears, anger and moodiness of a teen. The character makes impulsive, emotional decisions based on his mood, which he later regrets. There's a love story, some political intrigue and lots of action packed twists and turns throughout the book. It was fascinating to listen to Davy experimenting with the limits of his talent.
MacLeod Andrews did an excellent job at portraying the moods of Davy, speeding up the cadence of his narration during the action scenes and putting genuine emotion into Davy's voice when he is upset. I rarely "noticed" his narration- it was never distracting- as I would instantly become absorbed in the story, which is, in my opinion, the sign of a good narrator. MacLeod excels at voicing realistic fear and anger in Davy's voice.
I definitely recommend this book to young adults and adults, and I will definitely listen the Steven Gould's other books in the series.
This book inspired me to take the time and post my first review ever to Audible. From the first chapter of this book I was intrigued with Michael, who tells his story in pieces, skipping between childhood and teenage years. The story unfolds slowly, and near the end of the book I basically sat frozen while listening; I was spellbound. Michael takes the reader through experiences of growing up mute, learning to open locks, and the series of choices which drew him into a life of crime.
MacLeod Andrews chooses to voice Michael's thoughts the way Michael probably wishes he could speak them: strong, emphatic, full of emotion. The pitch and cadence of MacLeod's narration subtly changes from childish to eager teenager to world-weary adult through the course of the book. It's perfect. I really enjoyed the booming, egotistical voice MacLeod Andrews used for Mr. Marsh, and the creepy, whispery voice of Sleepy Eyes.
I loved this book so much that I pressed play and listened to the entire thing again, then had my husband and teenage son listen (they enjoyed it, too). Then I moved on to other books by Steve Hamilton.
Claire and Justin are likable characters and I enjoyed the descriptions of their feelings and interactions. The author did a strong job of describing their background friendship so I was wrapped up in their story and cheering for their romance.
I was occasionally distracted by descriptions of Claire's cat interrupting the conversation and love scenes at times.
Romance isn't usually my genre of choice for fiction, but I selected this story specifically because I enjoy MacLeod Andrews' style of narrating and I was not disappointed. His ability to voice female characters by softening his tone, rather than pitching his voice higher makes the voices sound natural. He puts wonderful richness and emotion into the voices and keeps the narration mesmerizing.
I spent an enjoyable few hours listening to this book and it was a satisfying romantic tale, expertly narrated.
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