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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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    Yvonne CASHION, OK, United States 07-27-12
    Yvonne CASHION, OK, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2007

    Vonne

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    "Loved it!"

    Wonderful performance and the story was excellent! Highly recommend you give it a listen! Worth the credit = )

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jackiemce New Braunfels, Texas 78132 08-21-12
    Jackiemce New Braunfels, Texas 78132 08-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Main character is a little annoying"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did like the story line but the main character had a little bit of a persecution complex. Everyone is trying to "use" her because of her "gift". They want to make her be part of the investigation. She’s not too likable despite her overcoming a disability. I did like hearing the observation skills on things that everyone else would have probably overlooked. I’m not sure I would buy another book about this character.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another murder mystery


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Main character describing what was out of place in the victim's apt


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not sure. It would depend on who plays the main person


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Harriett ROCKWELL, NC, United States 08-11-12
    Harriett ROCKWELL, NC, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Not Good, sorry!"
    What disappointed you about Close Your Eyes?

    Rather amateurish, both in writing and in narrator's performance. The story plot was interesting however, the dialogue of the characters lacks dept and maturity. The narration did not help the lack of maturity.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen again?

    Sorry, not unless it makes the best seller's list.


    What didn’t you like about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?

    Immature inflection.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sorry, not really!


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 03-28-13
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 03-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "So....so"
    Would you try another book from Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen and/or Elisabeth Rodgers?

    i don't know


    What was most disappointing about Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen ’s story?

    This book is nothing to write home about. For one thing the murder plot gets repetitive & boring real fast & any avid reader, movie buff or TV guru could quickly figure out why the murders are happening & what the main plot is although nothing comes to light until the end. So to begin with so there is no challenge there. The main female character seems to have a lot of extraordinary talents but can’t seem to handle them when under real pressure. She is in constant self analysis & blame of herself & those around her to a point of becoming nauseating & repetitious. Even after nearly getting killed several times in this book she still plunders on in a cloud of resistance, confusion & inability to stop. (?) She waffles from always believing she is right, getting testy, to having a huge chip on her shoulder. The story line becomes too long & drawn out with the story based on mainly conversational which to me lacks a balanced with what could have been some interesting background narrative. And the relationship between the main female character & the FBI sounds just way too loose, unorganized & unbelievable.
    The narrator was pretty good although I could still hear the female tone in the numerous male voices. So in a case where there is a lot of conversation I would prefer a male & female narrator.


    What three words best describe Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?

    She was overworked.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    G. M. Griffin Auckland, NZ 09-17-12
    G. M. Griffin Auckland, NZ 09-17-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Couldnt finish"
    Would you try another book from Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen and/or Elisabeth Rodgers?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine


    What character would you cut from Close Your Eyes?

    The lead female


    Any additional comments?

    The personality of the lead female character was awful. She was rude, arrogant and unliked by all and i felt she deserved the opinion of others. I could not finish the book because i could not stand to listen to her any more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terry J. Rivas Sierra Foothills, CA 10-01-12
    Terry J. Rivas Sierra Foothills, CA 10-01-12
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    "Not a good voice to listen to"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I would have enjoyed it more without the voice...next time I will buy a regular kindle version.


    Would you recommend Close Your Eyes to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not the audible.


    What didn’t you like about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?

    Her voice "changes" grated on me...just personal preference.


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

    Disappointment


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri USA 09-21-12
    Terri USA 09-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not the best Johansen novel"
    What was most disappointing about Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen ’s story?

    This is a very slow book. The narrator did a good job with the story but I believe this is one of the weakest books written by the Johansens.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Pepper 09-20-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "pretty fun...not spectacular but good"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, the story had a few mysteries to unfold so it made it fun


    Did Close Your Eyes inspire you to do anything?

    Have a job I really love and feel good at


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Sebastopol, CA, United States 09-16-12
    Dale Sebastopol, CA, United States 09-16-12
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    "Could Not Get Through It!"

    This story is the typical chick story, all throbbing muscles, beating hearts and no story. Don't waste your time unless you like books with little or no plot and beautiful people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Moody, AL, United States 09-09-12
    Dana Moody, AL, United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Waiting to be caught up"
    What disappointed you about Close Your Eyes?

    This book started out really interesting but just didn't quite hold me. I kept waiting to be caught up in the story where I didn't want it to end but that never happened. It's not a bad write if you like a long drawn out mystery.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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