Samantha yearns to shed the label of that girl whose mom died, but finding she can turn invisible isn't what she had in mind. Especially when she learns the neo-Nazi who killed her mom may be after her next. Sam's crush Will offers help and secrecy, but the time is coming when Sam will have to choose between keeping her secrets and keeping Will safe.
©2011 Cidney Swanson (P)2015 Cidney Swanson
Awesome. Cool. Adventurous.
That they turn invisible!! I want to turn invisible.
I liked the different voices and accents for each character.
I liked the descriptions of what walls and water and glass felt like to move through.
I read Rippler a couple years ago and loved the story enough to put Cidney Swanson on my auto-read list. I purchased the audiobook thinking that my boys were about the right age for the book. My 14-year-old son is special needs and has trouble reading. I had hoped that audiobooks might be a way to introduce him to a wider variety of books. Unfortunately, he couldn't listen to the book for more than 10 minutes without falling asleep. (This should not reflect on the story or the narrator, since he also falls asleep pretty much every time I read to him. *sigh*) My 10-year-old, on the other hand LOVED the book. He loved the characters, loved the idea of invisibility at will (mom-- does that really exist??!!) and loved the adventure. He can't wait to read (or listen?) to the rest of the books in the series. We had planned to listen to the book (6.5 hours) in the car since we had about 6.5 hours of driving planned over the weekend. He continued to listen to the book outside the car, though, and finished much sooner than expected. The comments noted above are his. :)
I read Rippler and throughly enjoyed it. I was excited to see that it was an audio book . I am about halfway through the audio book and I'm truly enjoying it. The narrator does a great job of conveying the emotions that the characters feel. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the book.
I enjoyed this first book in the series.The book has a unique back story about the Rippler gene that allows characters to disappear.The main character seemed silly at times and was hard to relate to in those moments.Yet I did like the authors style and the premise of the book.the narrator did an excellent job portraying the characters & is pleasant to listen to.I purchased the e-book,but received the audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rippler starts with Samantha (Sam) Ruiz unexpectedly turning invisible while canoeing with her classmates. The only person who saw her is her running partner Will Baker. Will doesn't seemed shock or surprise. He seemed to know more about her ability than she does and it does help that he also has the same ability as Sam. As Sam is learning to control her ability, Will has included her into his and his sister, Mickie's secret. They are hiding from someone who is killing people having the same genetic ability as they do.
Sam also have to chose between her best friend Gwen and Will, who she has feelings for. It is a question of friendship and protecting people she cares about. I would like to know if Sam will reconcile her friendship with Gwen and will Will be able to trust and share his secret with Gwen.
Mickie is forever, cautious in keeping Will from harm. Mickie has isolated herself and Will from being close to anyone. The only thing that they have is a memoir of experiments being conducted during World War II and mysterious communications from an unknown scientist. Yet there are no correlations between the experiments and Will and Sam's ability to become invisible.
When Sam discovered that her mother's death is not an accident and that someone killed her mother, Sam is curious as to the why and what is so unique about her genetics. At the same time Sam also knows that she has to tell Will and Mickie of her discovery. Will they be safe from those who hunts them?
Rippler is Book 1 of the Ripple Series. The book provides the foundation of each of the characters and also the conflicts and plots of which to carry the story forward. Rippler brings the readers to want to discover how Sam and Will have the ability to be come invisible, to discover their limitations to their ability, the mysterious geneticist who is supposedly on their side, and what do the geneticists want with Sam. It is a good beginning of intrigue and secrecy. I would like to find out more of what the memoir and its experiments contribute to Sam and Will's ability to turn invisible.
The narrator Sarah Mollo-Christenson, was able to keep me intrigue. I do enjoy the voice, the narrator provided for Mickie. Mickie is probably the most entertaining character in the story because she brusquely says what's on her mind.
I was given this audiobook by the author/narrator via Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way in writing the review.
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Narration - Sarah Mollo-Christensen - Pretty Good! She's a good storyteller and does a credible job of varying her character voicing.
So this is a weird one. There are parts that I didn't like and parts that I really liked. Samantha has a rare gene - in some folks, it causes a disease, in others, they have the ability to "ripple" or become invisible. In the beginning - when they are describing this whole "gene" thing and her ability to become invisible, I was a little - I don't know, rolling my eyes a bit, but once we got that all established, I bought more into the concept and just really enjoyed it. I think if you look at it as almost a book about "shifters" it's a more tolerable concept, but it was a little Scooby Doo in those parts.
There's a strange dangerous mystery involved in all of this as well and a sort of sweet romance. I loved the parts when she was establishing her relationship with Will and he was helping her to understand and control her 'gift'. Overall, I'm calling this one a keeper and am really interested in continuing this series!
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It just wasn’t going anywhere! Don’t you hate that? I invested hours of listening into Rippler and I finally had to set it down around almost 4 hours into it before I finally realized the book was almost over but still nothing has happened! The sad part? I didn’t actually hate it. I loved the idea of Samantha somehow becoming invisible and I was so curious about who and why people who know about this gene are being murdered. It sounded like my kind of science fiction, but it ultimately disappointed. I was so bored and frustrated by the pace that I had to end it. Plus, the characters were getting annoying. They moved about as fast as the pace and it was so IRRITATING! Ugh!
I am a fun loving mom that enjoys a great Book!! I'm happy to have Audible with a busy life it makes it so easy to still get lost in a book!
I loved this book!! the author did an amazing job! the Narrator brought the book to life!! what more could you ask for??? grab your copy now you won't regret it!!
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Rippling is awesome! I spent the entire book wishing I could have that ability, but I had to settle for living vicariously through the characters. Fortunately, I enjoyed the ride. I did find myself longing for more action, but I was still pleased with what I got.
I really liked Rippler, but then I didn’t like it as much as hoped I would. Let me explain, and start with what I liked. I really enjoyed the way the story unfolded, the way we were immediately throw into finding out what was special about Samantha, and knowing that Will knew all about it and could help her. I appreciated that our main character believed and understood her condition, and even could point out times in the past when this rippling (going invisible, well, immaterial) thing happened before, even if she didn’t realize it was happening. I loved that the book let us in on its secrets slowly and over time. I enjoyed the way it plays out like a mystery, with Will and Sam investigating the condition, reviewing research, translating journals, etc. while at the same time keeping it a secret because they know their lives are in danger. I liked the audiobook narrator’s voice and thought she was pleasant to listen to. The accents were well done and I liked how people had different sounding voices so you could distinguish between who is speaking.
So what is my complaint? I’m bothered here by the same issue that plagues me in other series books – the book is not a complete thought, it does not have its own story arc that gets resolved. Don’t get me wrong, I get it. One big story arc over the entire series makes sense. But I do like my individual books to feel like a complete read; from start to finish it should be able to stand up as a story. I felt this book did a great job painting the world for us and the villains and their cruelty. But, it raised so many questions and answered very few. It didn’t have a main conflict that got resolved, but instead it felt like the book should continue to the next chapter to continue building on the plot, but it was done. So while I enjoyed the book overall, I was left unsatisfied by the non-ending. I’m very curious to see how this story plays out and how all the characters who are briefly introduced end up connecting. So the book did its job by making me want to read the rest of the series by piquing my interest, but it also makes me wonder if each subsequent book will leave me hanging.
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this audiobook was provided by the author,narrator,or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of audioblast dot com.
I'm not a young adult, but i liked this audiobook. It grabbed my attention from the first chapter. It blends romance,adventure and sci-fi all into one storyline.
The author and narrator did a good job of allowing me to identify and relate to the characters, especially Sam and her sorrow and anxieties that come with personal tragedy.
I think this story is good for people of all ages. it's clean with no sex or bad language. Young readers should be able to relate to the characters. With that said im not sure if young adults will be in a hurry to get the second book.
It seems this entire audiobook is a prelude to the next books in the series. I realize that cliffhangers are common in a series, but it seemed to take a bit long to get to the short lived action.
The narrator did a great job and the sound quality is excellent.
im anxious to see what the future has in store for Sam and Will.
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