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Open Minds Audiobook

Open Minds: Mindjack, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can't read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can't be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mind reader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf's mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she's dragged deep into a hidden underworld of mind jackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

©2011 Susan Kaye Quinn (P)2013 Susan Kaye Quinn

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    Amazon Customer 08-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Lackluster Performance"
    What did you like best about Open Minds? What did you like least?

    I purchased this audible book to sync with the Kindle version. I typically do this because as I get deeper into a story I enjoy I find it hard to put down and having the audible version means I can usually continue the story while I do chores around the house. In this case however, I found myself so annoyed with the narrator that I actually only listened to about 25% of it via audio book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    As for the story itself....there was not enough character development of Kira (the protagonist) for me to ever really come to like or care about her. Or any of the characters really. Simon seems abusive while Raf seems altogether too ineffectual. To say more would involve spoilers.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The only word to describe the narrator's voice is "irritating". Perhaps she was chosen because she has a "young" sounding voice and the protagonist of the story is a teenager. Which would be fine if she injected a little enthusiasm for the story and inflection into her reading. Additionally, she manages to mis-pronounce several words and she just sounds plain BORED with the story.


    Do you think Open Minds needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The author does wrap everything up well enough at the conclusion that I could put the story aside and be well with that...It certainly did not leave me wanting more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mickerj 06-18-14
    Mickerj 06-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Just getting started"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't like the Performance. I have fallen asleep three times trying to listen to this book. I think her voice is too monotone. The story though is good so far.


    If you’ve listened to books by Susan Kaye Quinn before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first book by Susan Kaye Quinn


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kelli Shane’s performances?

    no I would not.


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

    Yes I would go see it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am just the first 5 chapters into the book, I like it. I like the premise and so far it's good. I just have a hard time with the performance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    1-Click Junkie United States 09-26-16
    1-Click Junkie United States 09-26-16 Member Since 2008

    Rabid Listener/Reader and Shopper!

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    "Completely Enjoyed"

    Narration, Kelli Shane, really good.

    Really good book here! Kira Moore is 16 and what is known as a zero. The world has evolved into a society of mind readers. But 16 is getting late and Kira has not developed into a reader. She's an outcast - zeroes can't be trusted, because you can't read their thoughts. But one day Kira stumbles into Simon and they touch. For readers, this is not encouraged, because it very quickly becomes intimate. But Kira's a zero so why is he looking at her like that!
    Simon gets with Kira and explains to her that she's what's known as a jacker and so is he. They have a different ability...the ability to jack other's minds and make them think or see or do whatever they want. He's been jacking everyone to believe that they can read his thoughts - and think he's a reader just like them. He tells Kira that he'll help teach her how to manage her power and how to blend in with the rest of the school. But see, with this kind of power, you can see that it could be used to do some very bad things!
    And there are some very bad jackers out there - and some of them even work for the government!

    Really enjoyable book! Fast paced, smartly written, sweet angsty love story threading through, along with a lot of action. Completely enjoyed and will definitely continue this series!

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

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    Jonathan Newton 09-20-16
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    "Hope there is a second book"

    The story of government misdeeds and struggle of those seen as different is a vast storyline done multiple ways. This story took storylines of common and uncommon topics and masterfully put the together. I will not go into details for I hate reviews that tell the story before you can read it but know this is a great book.

    I received the book free for a unbiased review.

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    Belinda 09-20-16
    Belinda 09-20-16
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    "An okay audiobook"
    Would you listen to Open Minds again? Why?

    Yes because I really like the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plotline and characters


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    “This audiobook was given by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

    While the book is great and it was, I hate to say this, the narrator was a little to monotone for me. Yes I would listen to the rest of the audiobooks just because I love the books a lot

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    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 09-18-16
    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 09-18-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Open Minds: Mindjack, Book 1"

    “This audiobook was given by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”


    The first book in YA series set in a dystopian future. The whole idea of the storyline makes a person stop and think.



    The narration was not up to my expectation. The voice was young which fit, but there was no enthusiasm or energy put into this performance.

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    JM 07-20-16
    JM 07-20-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A bit monotone"
    Would you try another book from Susan Kaye Quinn and/or Kelli Shane?

    Sure


    What other book might you compare Open Minds to and why?

    Similar to other young adult dystopian fiction, but enjoyable.


    What didn’t you like about Kelli Shane’s performance?

    A bit too monotone -- just flat. I will say I think it was done on purpose, maybe to add gravitas, but it just felt ... off sometimes. It wasn't however, enough to make me turn it off or anything, and her pronunciation was clear and relatively without error, which I appreciated.


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

    Eh...


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    video meliora proboque 12-05-15
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    "Spectacularly entertaining page-turner"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Spunky, sympathetic heroine and original, well-crafted story. Especially liked wholly verisimilitudinous depiction of the government's behavior. Though not in precisely this context (remote viewing experiments notwithstanding, there probably don't exist "jackers"), our government does behave in exactly this monstrous way, and victimizes unknowable numbers of innocent citizens. So kudos to the author for conveying that under the guise of fiction (whether or not she knew she was doing it).


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kelli Shane?

    Shane has precisely the right voice for the narrator, but is staggeringly innocent of knowledge of English pronunciation. "Expairmint" and "ant-EYE-septic" are stunningly bizarre mispronunciations. Her diction is crisp, and her voice is pleasant to listen to (and appropriately young), but she desperately needs to study orthoepy. I mention this strictly for her benefit. Her mangling of some words definitely did not cancel out the overall positive nature of her performance.


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

    Yes, though I wasn't able to.


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    Maria 04-28-15
    Maria 04-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    ""NEW INTERESTING CONCEPT""


    Love the concept of this series. The story was well developed, with strong characters. The premise of everyone communicating through thoughts drew me to this YA series. I was not disappointed with the development of the story.

    However, the narration left a lot to be desired. I expected a young reader, but one that actually enjoyed the story would have been better. Kelli Shane readed the story as if she was bored to death. There was no enthusiasm or inflection in her voice at all.

    I finished the series and enjoyed the story, but I will not start another series with Kelli Shane as the narrator.

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    Happy Mommy Los Angeles, CA USA 03-13-15
    Happy Mommy Los Angeles, CA USA 03-13-15
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    "Scary idea..."

    The narrator is all monotone. I wouldn't say it was easy to follow listening but the story is an interesting idea. Story seems rushed and poorly edited in parts.

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