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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 Johansen Publishing LLLP, and Roy Johansen (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Great character in Kendra Michaels

What I looked most at first was the main protagonist Kendra Michaels, a very interesting combination of high sensorial abilities and, in a split of a second, a very visceral persona when feel someone is trying to manipulate her.

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Great Listen

I love the characters in this book!! I listen every night to Kendra's exploits. Yes, that means I have been through this series many times.

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  • LJM
  • Tewksbury, MA United States
  • 02-08-15

it wil open your eyes to intrigue !

The book was well written. I never saw the ending coming. Definitely would like to see another one with Lynch and Kendra on another caper.

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Don't Waste Your Time

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Adolescent girls

What do you think your next listen will be?

Involuntary Witness / Gianrico Carofiglio

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

Elisabeth Rodger's voice is pleasant, but her overly dramatic tone is very annoying. The sappy dialogue didn't help.

What character would you cut from Close Your Eyes?

Lynch

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Was I supposed to take this seriously?

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

I might try reading a book by these authors as opposed to listening to it. It was hard to determine if the pervasive bad attitude of every. single. character. in. this book. was because of the writing itself or the way the narrator read.

What could Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

1. Quit using so many cliches.<br/>2. Stop referring to people as a "wild card" (see number 1).<br/>3. Don't refer to the main female character (and other female characters) consistently by both their first and last names while all male characters are always called by last name only.<br/>4. Write plot lines that are at least semi-believable. <br/><br/>I could go on...

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

Every single character line was read with as much spit and vinegar as Ms. Rodgers could muster. Every single line. Every single character. Every single moment. EVERYONE was pissed off. All the time.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Close Your Eyes?

Here's a scene (I believe) was actually deleted from this book. Read each line aloud in manner of premenstrual woman who has just discovered someone ate her last chocolate.<br/><br/>Kendra Michaels stood in the line of the grocery store while the clerk rang up her purchases.<br/><br/>"Paper or plastic?" the bag boy, Smith, snarled at her.<br/><br/>Kendra Michaels regarded him cooly, then replied, "Your obvious interest in the forestry industry compels me to choose paper."<br/><br/>Smith startled, then sneered, "How did you know that? I'm a mysterious wild card. No one can ascertain my true nature." <br/><br/>Kendra Michaels shot back, "I see by the crimson fuzz on your coat that you wore a plaid flannel shirt yesterday. The callus on your thumb could mean either that you play too many video games or you spend a great deal of time handling a chainsaw. I also detected the slightest whiff of pine needles on you. This would not be detectable to the common nose, but I was able to sniff it out immediately. All these things could mean you freelance as a Christmas tree salesman, but the more logical explanation is that you are a lumberjack in your free time; therefore, your interests would lead you to desire your customers to choose paper over plastic." <br/><br/>"You are freaky weird, Kendra Michaels. I find it both disturbing and titillating that you were able to see through my wild card exterior to the true me."<br/><br/>Smith pondered the situation and realized he wanted to feel the silky smoothness of Kendra Michael's hair beneath his callused thumbs. He was sexually attracted to her, but now was not the time nor the place for his skilled overtures. <br/><br/> Kendra Michaels, meanwhile, thought of how she and Smith had come to know each other better in the last ten minutes than most people did in a lifetime. <br/><br/>"Close your eyes, Smith," she murmured...

Any additional comments?

Well, you get my drift. The only way I got through this book was to regard it as satire, BUT I did finish the story because I wanted to find out who the bad guy was. Even though it all turned out so ridiculous, I did see it through to the end; hence, the two stars for story.

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Good story line but....

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I normally enjoy Iris Johansen's work but the characters in this novel were truly annoying and although the story line was an interesting one it was difficult to make it through due to the constant whining and holier-than-thou main character and two dimensional supporting cast. Not one of Ms. Johansen's better efforts.

What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

The narrator gets all the credit for keeping me interested enough to listen to this book to the end. She is a talented narrator and it is easy to differentiate between the characters as they are speaking/thinking.

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

The story line is an intriguing one but if the dialogue was the same as that which is in the audio book I don't think I could sit through a movie version.

Any additional comments?

Ms. Johansen's writing style and her ability to put together a sentence are still a-one; perhaps she shouldn't collaborate with any other authors, that could be the problem here.

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  • Coralie
  • Perth, Australia
  • 09-24-14

More Like a Romance

What would have made Close Your Eyes better?

Delete all the boring descriptions of boy meets girl, etc. etc.<br/>

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

I didn't read enough to comment

How could the performance have been better?

Get on with the story from the beginning.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Close Your Eyes?

Concentrate on the theme and leave out all the lead up to an obvious romance.

Any additional comments?

If I want to read romance stories, I will download a Barbara Cartland or Mills & Boone.

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  • Debbie
  • United States
  • 08-22-14

Skip This One

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. I read the next title in this series first and learned absolutely nothing in this book that I did not learn in the one that follows it. The newer book is also a better read just in general.The characters have been better developed and I like the characters; they are the strength of this series. This book is a waste of time.

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

No, unless I was looking to find new friends.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were scenes?

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

I hope not.

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Why Such an unlovable Heroine

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Men who hate women, this book will live up to all their prejudices against women

What could Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make a more lovable, less socially awkward heroine. I kept waiting for someone to diagnosis her with a mild form of Asperger's, that's why she can relate to special needs children. Why kill off the only likable character after looking for him for the entire book?

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

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Could not get emotionally invested in this series. I love heroine's, but Kendra is completely unlikable.

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Does she glow in the dark?

The premise of this book is that someone blind will perceive things other people don't. The protagonist is blind, regains her sight and then become super humanly able to perceive people. She very rapidly reads everyone and is astonishingly annoying.

It's a good enough mystery, but the characters are blown so far out of proportion on that they can't be real, and the book is clearly not s&f. It's a near miss in several ways. Not terribly bad but sadly not developed well.