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Close Your Eyes | [Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen]

Close Your Eyes

A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.
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Publisher's Summary

A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

When former agent Adam Lynch, known as the Puppetmaster, approaches her about a possible serial murder case, she is determined to steer clear. But he’s a notorious manipulator, skilled at handling criminals and colleagues alike to get the results he wants. And now he holds a trump card: The latest possible victim is Kendra’s ex-lover, an FBI agent who vanished without enough clues to follow - unless Kendra can pick up the trail. And if she can’t, she just might close her eyes again ... forever.

©2012 Iris and Roy Johansen (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    KimmyCakes Baltimore 03-18-14
    KimmyCakes Baltimore 03-18-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Why Such an unlovable Heroine"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Men who hate women, this book will live up to all their prejudices against women


    What could Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make a more lovable, less socially awkward heroine. I kept waiting for someone to diagnosis her with a mild form of Asperger's, that's why she can relate to special needs children. Why kill off the only likable character after looking for him for the entire book?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Could not get emotionally invested in this series. I love heroine's, but Kendra is completely unlikable.

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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 02-05-14
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "Does she glow in the dark?"

    The premise of this book is that someone blind will perceive things other people don't. The protagonist is blind, regains her sight and then become super humanly able to perceive people. She very rapidly reads everyone and is astonishingly annoying.

    It's a good enough mystery, but the characters are blown so far out of proportion on that they can't be real, and the book is clearly not s&f. It's a near miss in several ways. Not terribly bad but sadly not developed well.

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    Dianne Brockville, Ontario, Canada 12-17-13
    Dianne Brockville, Ontario, Canada 12-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "my first Johansen, and i will read more"
    Would you listen to Close Your Eyes again? Why?

    i wouldn't listen to the same book but i would like more of Kendra Michaels


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Close Your Eyes?

    I liked the referring to her previous , stronger senses in the book.


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

    I liked her, she did great sound effects


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    Brenda Bass 12-16-13
    Brenda Bass 12-16-13
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    "iris and roy--close your eyes"
    If you could sum up Close Your Eyes in three words, what would they be?

    awe-inspiring, fast-paced and marvelous


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Close Your Eyes?

    when Kendra(the main character) can hear the zipper pull of a leather jacket as the person wearing it moves.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the first time Kendra suprises fitch(?)-the main male character) with her insights about him.


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

    when Kendra is remembering when she and her best friend meet for the first time


    Any additional comments?

    i've only read three books so far, that iris and roy have worked on together, and I have loved every single one of them. the stories are great, have unexpected results, and always leave me excited and anticipating the next one.

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    Deborah 12-14-13
    Deborah 12-14-13
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    "If this were a series, I'd be hooked!"

    Great story that kept me listening every chance I got. Couldn't put it down.

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    SHERRILL WOODRUFF, SC, United States 12-11-13
    SHERRILL WOODRUFF, SC, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Love surprise endings"

    Kept moving and did not bog down. Was hoping this would be a series. Will look for more mysteries from these authors. Appreciated no foul language or expletive bedroom scenes.

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    NatesNana 06-16-13
    NatesNana 06-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Soo disappointing!!!"

    Was looking forward to this book - a music therapist working with children becoming involved in solving a crime. I was so disappointed. The main character was poorly developed and totally unlikeable. In fact all the characters seemed poorly developed and lacking depth. There seemed no reason for their extreme reactions in most situations. I became so frustrated I stopped reading it before the end. I would not bother with another book from this author especially if it had the same main character. I should have taken note of the comments by others who obviously experienced the same disappointment as me.

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    Janet Allen, TX, United States 11-29-12
    Janet Allen, TX, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2006

    I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!

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    "A good story told really badly"

    This is a wierd one: a really interesting story with unique characters and a fascinating outcome, but told with really sophomoric dialogue. I was initially interested because the lead character is, like me, a music therapist. Not your typical mystery character. She has some personal history and gifts that make her really unique in the police procedural world. I was able to get past the 8th grade description of the drama and the dialogue between this PhD psychologist and the FBI agents until, at the height of the dramatic action, while jumping over gulfs to save a man, she says to an agent,"if you drop me, you'll not be my favorite person." throughout the last 20 minutes, there are a variety of laughable varieties of this memorable phrase: "I want you to die and be on your way to hell." I don't think I'll listen or read the rest of the series. It really needs a better writer. Cudos to the narrator who made a valiant effort to make dumb dialogue seem dramatically compelling.

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    Anne Daytona Beach, FL, United States 11-09-12
    Anne Daytona Beach, FL, United States 11-09-12

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    "A fresh idea for a good book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Close Your Eyes to be better than the print version?

    No, however, this book is a very good audio choice. The story is interesting and complex. It is well worth my credit.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers?

    Yes


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

    Yes, More than One. I found this book more interesting than some because it is different, and I found it intelligent not far-fetched which can really disappoint sometimes. Yet, I often enjoy a good fantasy as well.


    Any additional comments?

    On the edge of your seat page turner it isn't, but I enjoyed it very much. I recommend it.

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    heather 09-25-12
    heather 09-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining & fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An easy read with good suspense. Story line was fun and kept me interested. Narrator easy to listen to.


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

    No, but that is rare for me.


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