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What made the experience of listening to Exo the most enjoyable?
Okay, I wasn't that fond of Steven's last Jumper novel for the reasons I've already stated, but EXO is another thing entirely. This novel is great for the 12-18 crowd and reminds me a lot of the young adult SF novels of my own youth. The most recent novel that I felt was this good (and of the same ilk) was The Martian, but it was an adult book and not a young adult book. While the previous novel of Cent and her family had far too much teenage angst for me to enjoy and the subject matter didn't appeal, this novel has less angst and more Low Earth Orbit. Steven has obviously researched the International Space Station and the problems associated with micro-gravity and he handles it well. The narration by Ms Rankin was once again dead on for the voice of Cent.
Which character – as performed by Emily Rankin – was your favorite?
Obviously Cent was the best character, although several others were nearly as enjoyable.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I normally only listen to audio books while driving, but that's only about an hour per day. I finished this book in three days by spending a good share of my home time listening to it also.
Any additional comments?
Give it to your adolescent and pre-adolescent friends, they'll love you for it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Having read the whole series thus far, I was a bit disappointed when I first listened to this story because the publisher description kind of misleads you as to the direction that the story is going to take. I was expecting more of a story along the lines of "Reflex", and so I felt let down by how the story went. I then decided to listen to it a second time with a more open mind as to the plot, and it was as if I was listening to another book even though it had the same words. And wonder of wonders, it turned into a total pleasure finding out what was going on with Cent and her parents, and how things finally work out for them. (Not going to provide any spoilers)
After listening to this book, I get the feeling that this is going to be the last book in this series. If it is the last one, you won't be disappointed. Steven Gould brings everything to a satisfying conclusion with very few if any lose ends. So if you have enjoyed the "Jumper" series up to now, ignore the publisher description and just enjoy the story. I have done so 4 times already, and hope that Mr. Gould will continue the story.
As always Emily Rankin makes the story come alive with her reading, and listening to her read is a treat in itself.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Exo?
In-depth scientific mumbo-jumbo that sounds interesting enough to make you think it's all real, all possible.
What other book might you compare Exo to, and why?
Fourth in series of Steven Gould's 'Jumper' series, so any before.
What about Emily Rankin’s performance did you like?
Good. She has a clear voice definition for each character, nicely played. Interesting tone to match storyline. Enjoyed listen.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Overwhelmed to begin with as this goes straight into scientific jargon, but really got into it when the plotline became clear towards the first third of the book.
Any additional comments?
If you are not sure to begin with, give it a go as it really gets going from the second half and by the end you don't want the story to stop. Excellent read.
absolutely fabulous story I am a big fan of the jumper series. can not recommend this strongly enough