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Jumper | [Steven Gould]

Jumper

What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.
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Publisher's Summary

What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do

Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

©1992 Steven Gould (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An exceptionally well-organize debut, with thoughtful ideas, a controlled plot, and characters-particularly the young protagonist-portrayed with insight and compassion." (Kirkus)

"Gould's warm, delightful, and compulsively readable novel dispalys assured storytelling skill." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Laura A Azevedo 02-21-14
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    "I adore this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Jumper the most enjoyable?

    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


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

    I have to say this is his best. It's like he IS Davy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he first meets his mother.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Daniels 03-21-12 Member Since 2008

    Uplinktruck

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    "Brilliant!"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David 07-01-15
    David 07-01-15 Member Since 2012

    Indiscriminate Reader

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    "A teenager becomes a superhero and a terrorist"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 12-24-14
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 12-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Immature Adolescent Protagonist fails to keep me.."

    This book just doesn't sit right with me. I like the concept, but the mixture of serious thought and discovery and the adolescent components due to the protagonist being 17 created an environment that failed to keep me interested. I cannot determine what audience this is for. At one point it feels Twilightish and at other points it forces you to consider adult themes. For instance, the author goes from a high school scene about partying to a truck stop attempted rape (containing TOO much detail) to a bank robbery and back to a high school party. Not fun. The book contains a lot of vulgar language and it was a bit much. The narration was fine for what he had to work with. I listened to almost 7 chapters and it did not improve. I was able to listen comfortably at 2X speed. If any of this helped you, please click YES below. Later.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 10-10-14
    Paul 10-10-14

    A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.

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    "Don't jump over this one."

    By the title, cover art, and description Jumper has all the markings of a YA novel, but after David almost gets raped, his alcoholic father beats him, his mom is blown to bits on a tarmac, and the word fuck appears over and over, you start to think it may not be appropriate for little Suzy.

    I really enjoyed the novel. I found myself eager to get started again each time I stopped reading. The first half of the novel is very different from the second half. The first half covers Davy's discovery of his jumping ability, his trying to figure out how to survive on his own, his interaction with kids his age, and his falling in love. The second half covers his coming to terms with his rage against his father, the government, and the man who killed his mother. I would guess some readers will like one half better than the other. I was entertained by both.

    Gould has an easygoing writing style. His descriptions are excellent while his dialogue is sketchy in places. I'm looking forward to reading another Gould novel.

    Narrator: Macleod Andrews is a new favorite narrator of mine. Great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Garret Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 05-11-14
    Garret Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 05-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Beginning"

    I decide most of my buys on Audible based on the sample, sometimes without reading the summary. The sample for this book hooked me, and the first few chapters really lived up those first few minutes of audio. The problem with books featuring super powers like this is that they are hard to up the stakes for the hero without it turning into a nuclear arms race of fantastic powers. We don't have that problem in this book fortunately, which is really nice. However, the superhero ethos of "must fight evil" (AKA terrorists) is nearly as annoying a trope. What made the beginning of the book so great were the conflicts between family, romantic relationships, and between him and the truck driver. Still, overall, I'm glad I went with my initial listening instinct and bought this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 05-07-14
    Farrell 05-07-14
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    "Keep reading"

    In the beginning it was a bit depressing, however after a bit the story got going and I got hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    redfox 02-24-14
    redfox 02-24-14

    too many periodicals

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    "Really enjoyable, a bewildering coming of age"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Lots of real-life issues made approachable by way of an interesting science fiction device. How would it work? How would you handle it? What would a 17-year-old know, not know, want to do? All with some adventure mixed in.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jumper?

    The very first jump -- out of danger to someplace comforting.


    Which character – as performed by Macleod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Well, we spend most of our time inside the protagonist's head, so he's where our sympathies naturally lie.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration -- his voice plays very well as a young man, but he also does a great set of voices and accents as needed. I had a moment of panic when the first 10 seconds of the book had music playing (stop doing that, audiobook people!), but the rest was an engrossing trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 02-19-14
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 02-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great entertainment."
    Would you listen to Jumper again? Why?

    I am ready to try the next book in the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jumper?

    When the cops cam after him.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Could not stop listening.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katana Rogue Studio City, CA United States 02-16-14
    Katana Rogue Studio City, CA United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Fun Romp"

    I hooked into this book through Audible's sale in series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and carried my iPod with me at all times so I could keep it going. The main character gets a little whiny at times, but its fun story with believable characters and even sets you to wonder what *you would do if you could "jump."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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