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Mind Games Audiobook

Mind Games: Disillusionists, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Justine knows she's going to die. Any second now.

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal.

With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem. Or is it?

In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness - only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.

Listen to more of the Disillusionists trilogy.

©2010 Carolyn Crane (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Mind Games is a violent U-Turn in a fresh direction, signaling the dynamic and welcome arrival of both Carolyn Crane and the most unique urban fantasy heroine I’ve seen on page in a long while, Justine Jones. And like Justine, Midcity is brightly imagined, beautifully dangerous, and perfectly flawed. Flashy and stylish, this is urban fantasy’s new shot-in-the-arm." (Vicki Pettersson, The New York Times)

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 01-05-16
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 01-05-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Original concept, horrible characters."

    At about 2 hours into the story I gave up. The main character was just soooooo annoying, maybe I just know too many real hypochondriacs. I could have lived with that personality but what really bugged me was the fact she was lusting after her new boss while she had a boyfriend. I don't like cheating at all, and while it hasn't happened in the story yet and it may not happen, she was doing it in her head and that is the same thing to me. Maybe I'm a bit harsh on this book, but I wasn't enjoying it, which is a disappointment because I like the concept of mind vigilantes. Narrator was okay, she did manage to put a little pep into the main character.

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    Paranormaly Yours 07-09-15
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    "Fangtastic story!"

    This book is so mind blowingly fabulous and original that I'm having a hard time coming up with words! I would describe the genre of this book as Urban Fantasy. There is a romantic thread in it, but it's not the foundation of the story, and there is an HEA, with a To Be Continued...NOT a cliffhanger, just left open in a way you know there is more to come.

    Justine has Vein Star Syndrome, so she thinks...She is such a hypochondriac that she can't hold a steady boyfriend or friends because of it. Her current boyfriend, Cubby, has only been with her for a very short period, but is half way out the door already. While Justine and Cubby are having dinner at their favorite restaurant Mongolian Delights, Justine spots the sleaze ball Foley, the scam artist that took her father for everything they had. This encounter is how Justine gets introduced to Sterling Packard. Packard is a Highcap with the ability to see peoples psychological structure, and he has profiled Justine down to a tee. Packard propositions Justine, and the most hilarious, anxiety driven, ride of her life begins...

    OK, let me just say why this book was so funny for me. I am the total opposite of being a hypochondriac, so to listen to a book about someone who believes so much that they have something wrong with them, that they have no proof of actually having, and obsess about it, is just hilarious! The characters in the story are so phenomenal, I absolutely adore them, and the world building was like nothing I have ever known, but also very interesting. The "weaponizing her neurosis" is what they called zinging in the book and the side effects to zinging someone brought the "Glory Hour". Oh the glory hour...it, I can only imagine is like being on the drug Ecstasy. Glory hour can tend to be tricky with certain people and situations, and make the moment even more funny. The character Aggie whom Justine had the job of disillusioning, totally gave me the creeps, ewww! My skin crawled when she was trying to seduce Justine and the dude she thought was her brother, gross Aggie! OK, try saying and spelling disillusionist five times in a row, go!

    The plot and plot twist was so far unseen that it did blow my mind. The deeper the character development, the more I wanted. I totally love this book and must read them all! I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves, urban fantasy, action, suspense, romance and of course a happily ever after!

    Narrator Review

    The book was provided by the author, however because of time issues for me, I switched to the audio version, which I did purchase myself on Audible.com.

    Rebecca Wisocky is the narrator for this book and will be the first time I have heard her narrate a book. When the book first started I felt a little unsettled by her voice, BUT once I understood how she was acting out the character Justine's personality, I fell in love with her! My first thought was, "who does she sound like?". I know that voice...It's Laura S.!! OMG! Laura is an acquaintance from work, lol. Once I put that together, it made the story even funnier! The other part I loved about Rebecca was her voices for the other characters. I was LMAO during the scene with Justine and Aggie and it was because the voice she choose to use for Aggie heightened the comedy of it all and I was DYING! I thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca's narration! Excellent job Rebecca!

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    Stephanie San Diego, CA 05-15-14
    Stephanie San Diego, CA 05-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Just OK"

    Unlike some other reviewers, I felt like the descriptions of crippling anxiety and hypochondria were pretty interesting. The story concept was also unique and interesting. I found the heroine of the story very tiresome as the narrative progressed. I really liked the first part of the book and then it went...where? Maybe it was just my lack of interest in the main character. I felt disappointed overall, but I did make it all the way through.

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    C. L. Finch Seattle, WA 04-17-14
    C. L. Finch Seattle, WA 04-17-14
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    "Super Hypochondriac saves the day!"
    Any additional comments?

    Justine is overflowing with fear. She is told of a way she could be free of them by channeling them - but at a great cost. This book is a fascinating journey into pyschic phenomena. The author has done her homework well. I thorough enjoyed the ride!

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    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 03-23-14
    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "It was a struggle to get through this..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who will like this.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Book of Riley, Nighthuntress, The Strain


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This was a story issue more so than the reader


    What character would you cut from Mind Games?

    All of them


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    Sarah M Campbell River, BC, Canada 12-28-13
    Sarah M Campbell River, BC, Canada 12-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration for unique story"
    What made the experience of listening to Mind Games the most enjoyable?

    The first person narration, combined with the perfectly fitting voice made listening to the book very enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Justine. Even though she had a serious hypochondriac issue, and wanted to be free of her fear more than anything, she wasn't willing to comprise her sense of morals to do it. She was extremely strong and supportive of her own needs, as well as the others around her.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Wisocky – was your favorite?

    Justine was my favourite. The voice fit her so well, in age, tone and emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    The only part of the book that I didn’t like was the amount of sexuality that was included. Not just appearing in a potential love triangle, it also came up in a few instances when Justine was working with targets. The scenes were just short of explicit, but they were not clean in any way.

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    Aleena Nye HONOLULU, HI, United States 12-27-13
    Aleena Nye HONOLULU, HI, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Unexpectedly Delightful"
    If you could sum up Mind Games in three words, what would they be?

    Different, witty, and funny.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mind Games?

    I thought any of the scenes with Justine and the Silver Widow were hysterical. Justine is surprisingly enjoyable! I wasn't sure I would be able to connect with a hypocondriac. I somehow thought that would make the character weak and/or annoying, but she wasn't at all.


    What does Rebecca Wisocky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really likes Wisocky as a nararator. She has great inflection and tone. She makes Justine's character that much more funny.


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    Mishawn San Antonio, Tx United States 12-04-13
    Mishawn San Antonio, Tx United States 12-04-13
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    "Crazy yet Good!"
    Would you listen to Mind Games again? Why?

    Oh yes, I have to listen to it again. There are a lot of twists and turns and still with a wanting to know all the characters and there talents.
    Rebecca Wisocky was one of the BEST narrator I have ever listened to. Each character had their own tone, accent, and the way she really let the personalities each one shine through was amazing!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mind Games?

    The whole book was good. It had humor, sad moments, and always the wanting to know what that next crazy thing would these people do.
    Carolyn Crane did a great job writing and Rebecca was the best choice for the narrator!


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    Lisa United States 10-22-13
    Lisa United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Definitely original, but..."

    *** NO SPOILERS ***

    Ok so this story is definitely original, intriguiging and thought provoking but I had a hard time really finding any type of connection to any of the characters until the end of the book and still it wasn't a strong connection. I also got confused a lot on the characters, like who is that person again? Oh yeah that guy, wait no I was wrong! That irritates me when the characters are inconstant. The narrator does a good job though.
    Would I recomend this to my followers??? Meh... I will hold off until I finish the series.
    It was steady and kept my attention but it was not an absolute must have. I will finish the series though and write reviews for those books too. It is the originality of the story line that caught my attention. It did pique my interest enough to read the rest of the series. Hopefully the characters will be better written in the next two books.


    HAPPY LISTENING!!

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    Ron Davis, CA, United States 03-09-13
    Ron Davis, CA, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Is that a headache, or a tumor growing in my head?"
    Where does Mind Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A fantasy Stephanie Plum? Sure, why not? Perhaps not quite so funny as Janet Evanovich, but its a fun romp nonetheless.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Justine's hypochondria (is it imagined - or real?) is very entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely read the other books in the series.

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  • nicole
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    "Original idea, average storytelling."

    Games: Disillusionists, Book 1 by Carolyn Crane narrated by Rebecca Wisocky. Great original idea but only average performance and story telling 3/5 for both. The good is that I loved the concept of this book. Justine Jones has debilitating hypochondria which is destroying her life and may eventually lead to the loss of everything she cares for. Then a stranger in a bar offers her not only salvation but salvation in a form that will turn her weakness into a weapon and allow her to help others. Now she just has to figure out how to live with the consequences. The plot alone kept me interested for the first part of the book as Justine is such an unlikely but likable heroine but the storytelling really lets it down and by halfway through the book I found myself completely unconvinced about any of it. The narrator does a great job getting us into Justin's mind and neuroses but the accents she uses for some on the men are just so over-blown, it became really annoying. Not one I'd bother coming back to or buying any more books from this author.

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  • Anastasia
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Wonderfully entertaining, original & witty."

    I adored this trilogy, my favourite fantasy of its type.



    The premise is tenuous, but unusual enough that I didn't mind. A woman with massive, crippling health anxiety is recruited to join a band of vigilantes (or, "reverse emotional vampires" according to Simon) who, taught by their enigmatic leader, channel their destructive emotions into criminals, working as a team to disillusion the target. Essentially, they are hired as a psychological hit squad, to mentally break a target. In reality, this would probably just cause massive longterm psychological damage, but in Mind Games this process causes the target to 'reboot' back to factory settings, filled with newfound empathy for their victims and remorse for their criminal behaviour. That's the tenuous part.



    It's more superhero fantasy than magic fantasy, as the other fantasy element is "highcap" high capacity humans; humans with mutated mental powers beyond the norm. Telepaths, telekinetics, dream-invaders, and the like. There are some new ideas I haven't seen before in the genre, unusual powers which have some fun, inventive applications.



    I think the reason I liked this it so much, though, was because I identified so strongly with the heroine. I suffer from social anxiety rather than health anxiety, but I felt that the subject was treated seriously and handled sensitively, and I found myself really liking the heroine.



    She really struck me as a realistic person, instead of the kicking-ass-and-taking-names alpha-bitch type heroine in so many books of this genre. It's written in 1st person and Justine has a very strong voice in the prose, and her wry sense of humour as well as mad panic is conveyed absolutely perfectly by Wisocky, who captures the voice and keeps up with the book's fast pace.



    The whole trilogy is a perfect meeting of great book and great audio performance. Absolutely worth five stars.

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