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Open Minds: Mindjack, Book 1 | [Susan Kaye Quinn]

Open Minds: Mindjack, Book 1

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.
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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.

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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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    UGrandcalia 04-11-15
    UGrandcalia 04-11-15
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    "Story great, performance sub-par."

    I found the story brilliantly innovative with well defined characters. However, I nearly did not listen to it due to the stilted performance. Just when I thought the reader would introduce some inflection, she returned to her monotone reading. Very disappointing. if you can overlook the performance, it's a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer streamwood 01-10-15
    Amazon Customer streamwood 01-10-15 Member Since 2012

    I am a wife of 30 years, mother of 4 wonderful grown children and a retired teacher....one of my new goals as I turn 50 this year is to become an author! I listen to one story on audible a week I am an addict!

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    "Excellent YA story without too much sex talk."

    Narrator was a bit monotone in her delivery. However, that made it sound like the story was being told after the fact, rather than during the action.

    Love the concept of everyone able to hear everyone else's thoughts, and what type of social issues that would cause.

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    kimberlee Harrisburg, PA, United States 01-07-15
    kimberlee Harrisburg, PA, United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Story was good but..."
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story and stayed up late in order to finish it but I did not like the narrator she sounds as though she is bored and her performance suffers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    erobbins33 12-29-14
    erobbins33 12-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Really Great!"
    Would you listen to Open Minds again? Why?

    Yes, this is a story that bears revisiting. It's a story that is timeless, as it takes place in an undated future, and the characters are extremely likable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the main character, Kira. Despite having the ability to mindjack, she retains her moral upbringing, and doesn't join in criminal enterprises like the rest of the jackers she initially meets.


    What about Kelli Shane’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is readily identifiable with Kira, the teenaged heroine of the story. She is able to change back and forth between the other characters with ease, and it sounds very natural.


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

    Mindjacking... The best-kept secret in the world...


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm also very glad that the book didn't end in a horrible cliffhanger, as series books are wont to do. All of the immediate crises were averted, and to my best guess, future books will deal with longterm implications and their own sets of plot devices.

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    steven McLeansville, NC, United States 03-10-14
    steven McLeansville, NC, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Different, but still liked it."

    See I have a hard time finding books that catches my attention, because my attention span is pretty small lol XD. But I have found a lot of books that I find weird and tend to love and this just so happens to be one of these books that I want to hear more of. There is the book to read but I never have time to actual read, only lissen to books at work while working. But it has been a while since I last read it so may reread to remember a few things lol XD.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    maricarmen arriola font Mexico City, Mexico Mexico 11-28-13
    maricarmen arriola font Mexico City, Mexico Mexico 11-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good !!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Open Minds the most enjoyable?

    I have to say that I took a chance with this one, wasn't sure if I was going to like it.
    I'm sooo happy I did. T
    Being a fan of dystopian and sci-fi in young adult books this was exactly the type of book I was hoping for lots of surprises, a well-thought-out plot and great characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kira Moore tough heroine and very likeable.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good trilogy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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