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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Not at all like the movie

pretty good story, very difficult subject matter, way before it's time. pretty good narration and story telling

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  • Nathan
  • SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States
  • 02-15-17

Good book, excellent narration.

Great start to a series! Hopefully it stays the course, and continues to be great!

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Great Story

Dialogues could have been a little more balanced. They never let Dave have his say with Millicent during their breakup argument makes him look stupid and Millie unreasonable. Other than that ... one of my favorite YA SCI-FI Series.

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Fun Story

Would you listen to Jumper again? Why?

Yes, refresher before I listen to the sequels

Who was your favorite character and why?

David, because he had the super power!

What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really like his narration of the book, he brought in some really good things, sound effects and voices like the Mickey Mouse dialog in the middle, totally cracked me up!

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

not really

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed the story line and really like how it was different than the movie, I can now watch the movie and not have it be corrupted by how good the book was.

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Loved this adventure

Not sure if this is what the crap movie was based on but this is way better.

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Skip the movie, read the book instead!

I freely admit, I came to this book from seeing the movie. That being said, I enjoyed the book far more. Let me explain a bit.

First, of course, I loved the premise. I for one had teleport dreams as a child, so I could definitely relate to Davy as a character. Unlike Davy, I didn't grow up in an abusive household, but Steven Gould did a great job of helping me to see what it would have been like.

I also appreciate the fundamental desire to help that the book Davy has, which the movie Davy lacked. This character has compassion for his fellow humans, and will stop what he is doing to help out. And I approve of the fact that he is not as much of a thief as the movie version, and mores that by the beginning of the second book, he's "repaid" all the money he stole, and is living completely legitimately, and still doing his best to lend a helping hand whenever possible.

I also found the conflict more believable. A young man who wants revenge on terrorists, and is sought by the NSA, was easier to swallow than that there was a shadowy group of Paladins dedicated to stamping out Jumpers whenever they arose. So kudos all around for that.

Andrew Macleod did a decent job of narration. He was not as good as some of the really excellent readers here, and did screw up some word pronunciations, but not so many or so obviously as to really yank me out of the flow of his reading. So good job there!

In summary, I'd say this was worth the read, enough so that I got the first sequel (Reflex). And the reading of Andrew Macleod was good, I am simply spoiled by some of the truly outstanding narrators on here. So if you are interested in a good story about the possible real-world effects of being the (as best he knows) only Jumper on Earth, I'd definitely recommend this book!

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Longer than it needed to be

While the book is well written and action filled, the story is very drawn out. The beginning was great. The discovery of his power made you feel like you were right there with him. But literally at the half-way point it became long-winded. You could read (listen) to the 10th chapter then jump (haha) to the 19th and I don't think you'd lose any of the main story. But I have plans to continue the series.

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So much better than the movie

The only thing the movie has from this are the main characters names and the fact that he can jump. Aside from that, completely different story lines. All for the better.

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  • Chris
  • St George, UT, United States
  • 11-18-16

Great adventure book.

Way better than the movie. I have listened to the series several times. I wish i could jump.

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Excellent story

This is a great story. I enjoyed very much. Narrator did a wonderful job. Looking forward to hearing more. I recommend this to everyone.