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Impulse | [Steven Gould]

Impulse

Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger. Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom.
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Publisher's Summary

Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger. Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom. That was the first time.

©2013 Steven Gould (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Robert San Dimas, CA, United States 07-19-14
    Robert San Dimas, CA, United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Impulse?

    Childish, political correct, and boring.


    What could Steven Gould have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the characters more realistic


    Which character – as performed by Emily Rankin – was your favorite?

    none


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had the same kidnap rescue thing as the first two books, I didn't hate it, just disappointed as I liked the first two books, and this one wasn't as good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 06-29-14
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 06-29-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Another 5 star book"

    The first book in this series was great. The second not so much. Therefore I only got this one as part of a 2 for 1 deal. It was as good as the first. I could hardly wait to get to the end..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew United States 04-07-14
    Andrew United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Seriously amazing"

    It's a weird combination of all the teen girl novels that are huge these days (Hunger Games, Twilight, etc) and the previous 2 Jumper's. Lots less gross bodily functions, lots more emotional high school girls, but altogether, a seriously wonderful (if sometimes predictable - nothing's wrong with a bit of predictability) follow-up to Reflex.

    I was a bit leery of the narrator at first (I hate when a series isn't consistent with its narrators), but since 2/3 of the novel is from a female PoV, it wouldn't have made much sense to get Macleod Andrews to do it, and I think this might be my favorite non-Kate Reading female narrator, now, so it worked out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Moslosky Michigan 10-28-13
    R. Moslosky Michigan 10-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The Jumper series continues with more excitement"
    Would you listen to Impulse again? Why?

    I'd listen to it again so that I could pay attention to more details.


    What other book might you compare Impulse to and why?

    The other books in this series.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Rankin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to any others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because I wanted to have time to think about what I was hearing.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book made me hope that Gould writes another in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Celina, OH, United States 07-19-13
    Clayton Celina, OH, United States 07-19-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "where's the vampires?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    8th grade girls.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Gould again?

    maybe


    What does Emily Rankin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can see why they used a woman narrator for this book, but it took some getting used to since the first two books were read by a man.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Impulse?

    the kissing parts


    Any additional comments?

    When did this series turn into Twilight books? Did the target audience just switch to 13 year old girls? And the story was boring compared to the other two in the series. Very disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Zvonetskiy Boston, MA USA 04-15-13
    B. Zvonetskiy Boston, MA USA 04-15-13

    ZabuzaBZ

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    "Great continuation of Jumper"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Impulse to be better than the print version?

    There is no difference between the 2, but i prefer the on the go option. With the audio book i can multitask and get work done while listening to the great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great continuation of the Jumper series. Steven Gould does a great job of making me like Cent and her story. Can't wait for the next book!!


    What does Emily Rankin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the other reader more, but Emily did a great job reading as Cent, and it made more sense having a female voice, from the perpective of Cent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much, finished the book within 2 days after i got it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Carlisle, MA USA 04-10-13
    Amazon Customer Carlisle, MA USA 04-10-13
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    "Fantastic"
    What made the experience of listening to Impulse the most enjoyable?

    Impulse is a return to the universe of Jumper and Reflex. Jumper is a favorite book of mine and I really enjoyed impulse as well. It was fantastic to meet these characters again - and to meet a new one, Cent, who I think is the strongest of the bunch.

    This book is funny, exciting, well written and well narrated. Emily Rankin does a stellar job bringing the characters to life, most especially Cent.

    Highly recommended.


    What other book might you compare Impulse to and why?

    Reflex and Jumper


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Much better than Jumper.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fredric Degerfors, Sweden 03-07-13
    Fredric Degerfors, Sweden 03-07-13 Member Since 2007

    fluthman

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    "Mr Gould, you really need to crank up the speed!"

    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. :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    michael Western Australia 02-01-13
    michael Western Australia 02-01-13 Member Since 2011

    Young self made business man with plenty of time on the road to enjoy the world of audiobooks.

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    "Teleporting need I say more"

    some teleporting books can be hard to follow but this one is exceptional, followed it with easy, great narrator and great story,
    just became a fan of Steven Gould.
    I hope there is a second book as the ending was abrupt its still a good ending, but got so involved with the characters i want to keep going along with there journey.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Allentown, PA, United States 01-31-13
    Eric Allentown, PA, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A new jumper into the fray"

    Loved it. Fans of the series will get a wonderfully written new entry and enjoy every minute of it. I burned though this so quickly I can't even remember all the point where I LOL'd for reals.

    Alright so I'm still reading this faster than should. I honestly loved this book. It was a perfect installment to this series. Whether you're here now because of your love of scifi, the movie, randomly picked off the store shelves I think there's something for us all.

    Between the voice of Cent and the actual narrator (I must find out how old she was) it really sound like a teenager was telling you this story. I think it's great. I mean I know it's Gould's writing but really it reads like Cent is real and this is a story about what her life is like in a very important transition of her life. She gets to go to public school. If only it were that simple. Even knowing the most common traps and pitfalls is not going to get this girl through the day. I appreciate how real the day to day felt even in a family with super powers.

    I don't remember who said it, and if you do - please reply, but I once heard of someone talking about a show or movie with a good bit of people with super powers. I'm paraphrasing here but "it's not about the powers they have but the people they truly are". Clearly it's stuck with me and here is another great example of "normal" humans getting extraordinary things done. No spoilers but it never seems forced or unrealistic. It just seems like this is how this particular family unit lives.

    Now all those positives said I have one negative. Any seasoned fan... hell n00bie who's paying attention realizes that David has a fairly real paranoia from her previous experiences in the series. So can anyone tell me, throughout all the safety measures and precautions, hacks in phones limiting cell tower pickup, disguises, etc etc. Why he would allow his daughter to bring in the most exotic lunches to school daily? It's absurd and it really pains me to say it. I welcome everyone's opinion on this but I think that's the only thing within the pages where I groan internally and try and act like it's not a big deal even though any reasonable person knows that that is like putting a big bullseye on an already hunted individual (family).

    See I can't even figure out how to follow that paragraph. It puts such a downer on a very excellent book. I wish everyone could read this. This is one of the super powers on my "if it were real, I'd like that" list. Nightcrawler anyone? YES! Just the idea of a cool family where the sky is the limit living in a world with limits abound makes this interesting. Even if you didn't have..hmm what are they called this time around? Oh, no worries. Even if you didn't have "them" you can still belive that showing off their ability to teleport in the world would be a no no. Who wants that kind of attention.

    Yeah I'm sorry, I just can't get the flow back. The food this is minor. I swear on my life. It just cuts me up a bit cause Cent, David, or Millie - some combination of the Rice family, could've been the one cooking fabulous meals on a daily basis and it would've not stuck out. Reading or in the moment. Arg. Definitely going on my "read to many times I'm embarrassed to admit it" shelf. I cannot wait to see what Gould does next. My only sincere hope is that it doesn't take another decade to read about it. BUT if it does it cool. I know it's aged well.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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