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Stranger Things

Suspicious Minds
Written by: Gwenda Bond
Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
Series: Stranger Things
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds written by Gwenda Bond, read by Kristen Sieh.

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.  

©2018 Gwenda Bond (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A pacey, creepy book that does what any good prequel should...this is unmistakably Stranger Things." (SFX Magazine

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Average book with no excitement

I started this book because I am a big fan of ST series on Netflix but this book seems to have no purpose. Don't waste your time listening to this book, just summary.

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  • E. Braithwaite
  • 06-05-19

fantastic

Couldn't stop listening. A brilliant prequel to the series, albeit bittersweet A must listen for any Stranger Things fan.

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  • Ed
  • 26-02-19

Essential listening for stranger things fans!

Loved this book, completely gripped from start to finish and read the whole thing within a week! I would recommend this to anyone who is a stranger things fan and has questions about Terry Ives and Doctor Brenner. For me I felt compelled to watch season two again and when I did I had much more interest in several character and scenes in the series. it's great for all fans who want to scratch that itch in the absence of a stranger things release that we should have had by now!

Audio production is great, I thought only one narrator did a good job of so many characters, the story didn't feel to me like it had been retrospectively fitted to the existing plot, as there were a few things that tied in quite nicely with season 2. All in all, five stars!

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  • Gemma
  • 26-06-20

Perfect.

Absolutely perfect in every way. Couldn't stop listening and highly recommend it to fans! Cheers!

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  • LaughingGravy
  • 15-03-20

Amazing

This is before the series that’s out just sharing that with the to TV show fans



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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-20

NOT ABOUT STRANGER THINGS!

Worst Audio Book. Worst Author. This Has Nothing To Do With Stranger Things! as a st fan I was excited when I saw this but this was a waste of my time :/

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  • Rob Crosbie
  • 09-03-20

Boring Things

Sorry, I know it's not the wittiest of review titles.
Thing is, even if you loved the show you'll probably struggle with this.
It just doesn't capture the geekiness, nostalga for the time period or personability of its characters that the show does.
A super medocre story of how naive 11's mother was in volunteering to be part of Dr Brenner's experiements in the late 70s.

Buy if you're a huge fan of the show or it's on an offer but save your credits for something better.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-12-19

prequel to Stranger Things very entertaining

essential Reading if you watched Stranger things if not a great start to a brilliant series highly recommended.

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  • Sharron Frew
  • 17-07-19

Great read

I loved this book, so worth reading it. Hoping Netflix make it into a one off prequal. If your a big stranger things can you'll love it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-07-19

really good

great insite into how things started in hawkins really enjoyed it if you like stranger things it's a must read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-19

alot of questions answered

loved this book I am a massive stranger things fan so I was sceptical listening to this but it did not disappoint the story was fantastic and the narration was equal to that I highly recommend this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-19

Good atmosphere and character development

Some logical and timeline inconsistencies with the Netflix storyline, but otherwise a good story and precursor to the character that is Brenner.

Hopefully we get some more Terry in ST3.