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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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    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 11-27-13
    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2015

    I am 36 years old. Married with 3 kids - 2, 4, 13. I work at night, my wife during the day. I don't have time to read, so I listen at work.

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    "So much better than the movie!"
    What made the experience of listening to Jumper the most enjoyable?

    I watched the movie when it came out. I began listening to the book with the preconceived expectancy that the book would sort of mirror the movie. I couldn't have been more wrong. This was an amazing book and it all flowed so well. The character did a lot of the same things I would have done had I been in his shoes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jumper?

    Because of the movie I expected his mom to be someone she wasn't. So everything about his mom was such a nice brand new experience.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the funeral scene. So many problems to deal with but unable to deal with everything all at once.


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

    The scene in which the people who've hurt him are all on the island together and he is just contemplating what he needs vs what he wants to do.


    Any additional comments?

    The actor did a great job of voicing this book. Accents and even reproduced the sounds of talking with a runny nose. Emotions were spot on! Epic performance!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bernadeane 01-17-13
    Bernadeane 01-17-13
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    "Unexpectedly absorbing"
    If you could sum up Jumper in three words, what would they be?

    Fast-paced, logical and clever


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The foiling of the terrorists was great fun.


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

    Just enjoyed the ride.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Parkersburg, WV, United States 10-31-12
    Cheryl Parkersburg, WV, United States 10-31-12
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    "Almost Perfect"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Jumper to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version so I can't compare the two.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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."


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

    No extreme reactions for me...didn't laugh or cry. But the book did give me a lot to think about.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark T. Woodhouse Cedartown, GA United States 10-01-12
    Mark T. Woodhouse Cedartown, GA United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it!"
    Where does Jumper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25% of the books I've listened to. I listen to a lot of books!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story. Well narrated.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Well done! Good voice inflection. Good pace. Enjoyed it.


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

    Couldn't put it down.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marni 08-19-12
    Marni 08-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Highly entertaining with action and angst"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 08-13-12
    Mike 08-13-12
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    "Engrossing and fun!"
    If you could sum up Jumper in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, Fun, Page-turner


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    No. I liked the performance very much. Mind-Movie


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

    If you could be anywhere in the world at anytime, what would you do?


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait for the next one in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ceasar Spring, Texas, United States 02-24-14
    Ceasar Spring, Texas, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2014

    Hello world!

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    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mel S. 06-12-15
    Mel S. 06-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable, different from the movie"

    The movie is what eventually directed my attention here. I was intrigued by the premise of a boy discovering he could teleport, but the execution of the movie left me underwhelmed. I was interested in the source material, since it was highly likely it would be better. Which is definitely true, but I found out the movie hardly follows the book at all. The book is much more character driven, with a lot more development of David's character, following him as he discovers his ability and how his life progresses. It is not a high action thriller, especially the first half, but in the second half we do see an escalation. A lot of the book, David's power isn't really the main focus - instead we are following the story of a teenage runaway in NYC who happens to have the ability to teleport, though I have to admit "jumping" definitely skews the end result in his favor.

    Overall, I was suitably impressed with this book. While I find David a bit whiny at times, he seems very realistic for his situation, and his life is interesting to follow, even if it's not the danger-around-every-corner type of gripping tale. The narrator did a great job, and I'm glad I took the chance to read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anders Denmark 06-03-15
    Anders Denmark 06-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not that exciting"

    A little too much teenage problems for my taste. Not happy with a great deal of dialog. Narration was good though.

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    CarlosJ 05-28-15
    CarlosJ 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "2nd time listening, is awesome.."

    I really love this series, wish there were more books. I highly recommend this to anyone who has either seen the movie or not.

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