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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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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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    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 Member Since 2007

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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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    Sandra Light 08-31-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you listen to Close Your Eyes again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. And frequently I do listen to her books again. Iris Johansen has done it again! She has written a winner. The story line is good and it held my interest throughout the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kendra Michaels is my favorite character. She is so interesting because her character is fully developed in the book. She has great powers of observation but she is human too. She can be related to easily.


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

    No I have not heard her perform that I know of.


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

    The part where she is trying to get her friend that has been shot to wake up from the coma is a very moving part.


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    Doris Salt Lake City, UT, United States 08-28-12
    Doris Salt Lake City, UT, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Close Your Eyes is GREAT!!!"

    I thought this was a really good story by Iris and her son. Their team work definitely shows their talents! Super!!

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    Charlotte 08-20-12
    Charlotte 08-20-12
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Close Your Eyes to be better than the print version?

    No but just as good.


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

    It was all enjoyable.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    Great as usual.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Films always destroy the book in my view.


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    Kim Marlboro, NJ, United States 08-19-12
    Kim Marlboro, NJ, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Very good listen..great main character"
    If you could sum up Close Your Eyes in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, unusual characters.


    What other book might you compare Close Your Eyes to and why?

    Because of the main character development I'm reminded of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas. Both are unusual characters and it's interesting to see how they approach problems and deal with their world.


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    The main character, Kendra.


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

    Almost....it occasionally dragged a little but for the most part moved along well.


    Any additional comments?

    On the whole I really enjoyed the story. I found Kendra to be very human in the way she dealt with the world around her. Her perceptions were beyond human but I was able to suspend disbelief because of the character development. I will definitely listen to future stories based on this character.

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    Delon Dowlin INDUSTRY, PA, United States 08-18-12
    Delon Dowlin INDUSTRY, PA, United States 08-18-12

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    "Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story line, loved the characters, couldn't wait to see what was next! Narrator was really great!


    What other book might you compare Close Your Eyes to and why?

    Guilty Wives by James Patterson


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one in particular, liked seeing Lynch becoming vulnerable-involved.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you could see what I see


    Any additional comments?

    really liked the narrator. Some are just awful. I like to listen to books multiple times and some are just horrible.

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    Susan Austin, TX, United States 08-17-12
    Susan Austin, TX, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Crime solving by the formerly blind"

    Kendra, a formerly blind child therapist, whose ex-boyfriend has gone missing, helps to solve the case of his disappearance using her exceptional powers of observation. Having previously been blind, she is able to make conclusions and observations not possible by people who have always had their sight. The story has some fun twists and turns, enough to keep you interested. The narration is very good. Recommend for Iris Johansen and mystery lovers.

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