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Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

The First Official Stranger Things Novel
Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.

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. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tight-lipped researchers...and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover. 

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory - and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner - lurks a conspiracy greater than Terry could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists - a young girl with unexplainable, superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008. 

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war - one where the human mind is the battlefield. 

Praise for Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“You’re left hungry for more, but in the best way possible, as the book manages the balancing act between interconnected prequel and stand-alone story.” (Cinelinx)

Suspicious Minds is the prequel story that fans have been waiting for.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Highly recommended for those readers interested in expanding their knowledge of the Stranger Things' universe, this book is also a dark and captivating story that will stick in the readers’ minds even if they are not fans of the franchise.” (The Unseen Library)

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Critic Reviews

“You’re left hungry for more, but in the best way possible, as the book manages the balancing act between interconnected prequel and standalone story.” (Cinelinx)

Suspicious Minds is the prequel story that fans have been waiting for.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Highly recommended for those readers interested in expanding their knowledge of the Stranger Things’ universe, this book is also a dark and captivating story that will stick in the readers’ minds even if they are not fans of the franchise.” (The Unseen Library)

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Great Book!

The story this book tells does a great job of answering some questions about how the story in the TV show started without giving away too much!

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Requisite Backstory

3.5 stars. I wanted more of that Eleven-interaction-with-friends type of action. The background story does the job but it's almost a big info dump. The writing is solid, and it's not like Eleven's mother could slay monsters in the Upside Down, so the author did a good job with what she had.

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Friends (fellow readers) Never Lie

NO SPOILERS: I reeeaallly like Stranger Things. I really liked this book.

It's mostly all new characters in somewhat of a familiar setting in 1969/1970. It deals just enough with the infamous Indigo program and the psychopathic Dr. Brennan and Eleven's mom and Hawkins to shed a lot of light on things the Netflix series only hinted at while leaving plenty of room for your own questions and theories. The book will leave you wanting more in a good way. Very strong first book of the official Stranger Things novels.

Read it now to get your fix until the next season comes out.

Ok....1 spoiler! No Barb.

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must read for any fan

excellent prequel to the show. gives you all the insight to how everything began before the show.

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I absolutely love this ....

This book really should have a show of it's own! such a great story and read so well I couldn't stop listening to it. I am SAD that I finished it so quickly but I'll be listening to it again😊

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Good Storyline, Poor Performance

Pros:
Actually one pro. Overall, this story is a necessary one for any fan of Stranger Things. The backgrounds of different key characters provides a full-circle tie-in with the Netflix series. Many questions were answered, and I didn't come across any loose ends in this prequel.

Cons:
- the person reading this was very difficult to listen to on far too many occasions. Her accents for certain characters (namely Gloria and Kali) were horrible and unnecessary. She made other characters sound more like they should be driving around in the Mystery Machine with Scooby Doo than members of the insightful counter culture of the 1960s. Think voices you'd use to impersonate frat boys and valley girls. Overall, the tacky accents and voices for the different characters were a distraction, and not a good one at that.

- The pop culture references were obnoxious and desperate. Talking in detail about everything from the moon landing, to Woodstock, to Lord of the Rings... it was all so unnecessary. I tend to think that anyone interested in Stranger Things would be familiar with all the cultural landmarks mentioned in this book. And familiarity is all they need. They don't need to hear details about late 60s/early 70s pop culture just because they're reading/listening to a book taking place during that time period.

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Probably not what your wanting

The story is competent enough but the subject matter will do little to answer questions poised by the show nor does it give you any insight into any of the other characters your familiar with. Limitations of the license?

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Not bad, not overly exciting

If you're a fan of the show you will like it but I have to say it wasn't as action packed as I had expected. In many parts of the book it got a little mundane. It didn't really pick up until closer to the end. Narrator did a good job. I give it a 6/10.

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Fantastic narration; OK storyline.

I will absolutely seek out other audiobooks from the narrator. She was fantastic. As for the story? It was OK. I wasn't nearly as invested in these characters as I was with those in the Netflix series. But listening to it helped pass the time on the road easily enough.

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this should have been what season 2 was about

very impressed with the narrator she's a good voice actor. the story was good there are a couple short sections that felt a little dry but overall is pretty captivating. I hope they make more books that lead up to season 1.