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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

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Invisibility ROCKS!!!

If you could sum up Rippler in three words, what would they be?

Awesome. Cool. Adventurous.

What did you like best about this story?

That they turn invisible!! I want to turn invisible.

What about Sarah Mollo-Christensen’s performance did you like?

I liked the different voices and accents for each character.

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

I liked the descriptions of what walls and water and glass felt like to move through.

Any additional comments?

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. :)

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a fantastic book

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.

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Excellent start to this YA series

I've read this book years ago and was excited to see the audio version. Overall, I really liked the narration of this book. I already loved the story line, and was really impressed with the accents and emotions the narrator brought to the story. Highly recommend.

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WOW!

I absolutely loved this book. So unique in its story line. It isn't a twist on the same old story you've always heard. Cidney has a way to write that brings you from the first chapter and you become part of the story. The details of the story were well integrated into the story without making the story feel weighted and wordy. The characters were well created. They are written in a way that their personalities come through. I highly recommend reading this series and bonus points the other books in the series are already released so you can binge read without waiting for the next one :)

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Enjoyed

Any additional comments?

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.

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Case of Invisibility

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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Like Shifters Maybe?

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!

I received a copy of this audiobook free of charge from audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review

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Had to DNF :(

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!

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WHO WOULDN'T LOVE TO BE INVISIBLE??

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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I want to be invisible!

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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.