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  • Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

  • The First Official Stranger Things Novel
  • By: Gwenda Bond
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington. But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code named MKULTRA. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Storyline, Poor Performance

  • By Kristen on 02-21-19

Not worth your time

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-19

I wanted to like this book, as I love Stranger Things.

The book just isn’t good. The story is bland, and nothing really happens. It’s an 8 hour audiobook and the entire thing could be a 20min TV episode.

The characters don’t seem to function like normal people. We just have to assume that everyone would act irrationally. I also don’t really enjoy the writing style, as the point of view seems to constantly switch back and forth between members of the same group? Couldn’t we just stay in the perspective of the main character?

And finally, it’s not overly heavy handed, but there are certainly lots of modern political buzzwords tossed in here. I’m not expecting to get beat over the head with “smashing the patriarchy” in a tie-in novel related to a sci-fi TV show.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,304

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Fun ride without much payoff

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

The book is.....ok. If you like Dan Brown then certainly give it a go, but I found the story a bit lacking. The ending, which I won’t spoil here, left me wanting for more.