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)
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 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.
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.
Intriguing, Fun, Page-turner
The way the story was narrated with such believable emotions and thoughts the character was experiencing. I thought he pegged them for the age of the character.
No. I liked the performance very much. Mind-Movie
If you could be anywhere in the world at anytime, what would you do?
Cant wait for the next one in the series.
Let me start by saying that I now understand when a movies says "Based on the book _______ by _______". If its is based on it , it doesn't necessarily have to follow it. In this case there was a few things that match the movie but just a few.
This book is written in a way that I could relate to, sympathize with, and get into. I mean I don't know exactly how he could feel but this gives me background to understand. Im curious now to see how the other books in this series goes.
Despite the cover that makes it look like a teen book, it has much more content than you might have expected.
The story is quite good but lacking in explanation as to why he can do what he does and there is almost no experimentation, I know I would. The ending could use a little work too
Inticing, Sci-fi, Young-adult.
I'd prefer not to compare this book to another. This book stood well on its own. An interesting take on the abused hero with a super-power motif.
Mr Andrews IS Davy. He did just as excellent of a job of giving voice to a young, helpless boy in fear of his abusive father as he did as Davy progressed from a nervous boy on his own, to one testing his metal to a young man seizing control of his destiny. A narrator is perfect when you forget they are reading the story and just imagine you are in the character's head. Mr. Andrews did that.
Jumper: The Beginning.
A cute story of adventure. Not an epic saga into the Sci-fi realm, but a fun, light, listen that was easy to follow and enjoyable. A good beginning, teaching us the rules of the book's universe with good character development.
Definitely in my top fifteen for the time being.
This is a truly unique take on an age old story. Gould did an excellent job of taking it in an entirely new direction.
Yes, a good deal of them. He is an excellent actor and puts himself into the roles of all of his characters. One of my favorite male narrators.
I really identified with the main character and how the events of his past really shaped who he would eventually become.
If you've seen the movie, you need to read/listen to this book. The level of emotional detail written in these pages far outweighs anything that Hollywood could present in a mere two hours.
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