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.
"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)
This book is so much better than the movie (which I really enjoyed). The way Macleod Andrews reads the story it's almost like listening to a young man tell his own story. I found it very enjoyable to listen too and it has become one of my favorite books.
Fast-paced, logical and clever
The teleporting hero is most interesting. He is unexpectedly moral given his ability to travel and enter wherever he likes. The author treats the advantages as well as challenges of having such a "superpower" in an unexpectedly serious fashion. Its impact on the hero's relationship with friends, how he copes with ordinary human problems and the dangers of the modern world, lends credibility to the characters.
The foiling of the terrorists was great fun.
Just enjoyed the ride.
The book is great for teens and not too simplistic for adults. It suggests happiness is not guaranteed and has to be worked at even when one has a superpower.
I enjoyed the story line... Kept me interested for the whole book! read it 3 times. Listened to it once.
I didn't read the print version so I can't compare the two.
Millie was my favorite character because I believe she really cared for Davy. She understood that revenge would not bring the healing Davy thought it would. I believe she was the only one in the book that knew what was best for Davy, even better than Davy himself.
My favorite scene was when Davy took his father to his mother's grave and then to the rehab center. I felt sorry for Davy because of how he was hurt by his father, but I also felt sorry for his father because most likely he had also been hurt by someone just like himself growing up. If Davy isn't careful, he will become his father, because most often "we are what we know."
No extreme reactions for me...didn't laugh or cry. But the book did give me a lot to think about.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. My chief complaint...foul language. It just isn't necessary to make a book interesting and worth reading. I chose this book for my book club because I saw the movie based on this series.
Top 25% of the books I've listened to. I listen to a lot of books!
Good story. Well narrated.
Well done! Good voice inflection. Good pace. Enjoyed it.
Couldn't put it down.
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.
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
I have to say this is his best. It's like he IS Davy.
When he first meets his mother.
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.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Jumper is a good listen, briskly paced, straightforward, hard to turn off, well narrated. Good qualities all. But beneath that, it's really just a teenage fantasy: What would you do if you could teleport anywhere anytime? Take care of your family issues, move to New York City, impress a girl. And eventually run afoul of the authorities. Don't want to introduce spoilers, so let's just leave it at that.
In the second half, the fantasy goes one step further and our adolescent hero becomes a superhero. Hence the three star story rating -- that's taking the wish fulfillment a little too far. Written in 1992, the premise of the superhero stuff is partially dated, although still partially relevant. Gould ends up teaching his hero the lesson that wish fulfillment really isn't the answer, but only after going through all the motions.
Overall, worth listening to as long as you don't subject it to too much critical scrutiny.
loved this book from when I was younger and was psyched when they said they were making a movie out of it years later. they completely butchered the book by changing 90% of the story. Now that I've went through the story again 16 years after the first time reading it I'm once again angry at how they totally screwed up a fun and clever story.
The book is OK, but the content really is young adult. I read other reviews, claiming that the story dealt with adult themes. Rubbish. It's really bad for the first half of the book, it gets better in the second half, but never really gets to anything I would consider an adult theme.
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