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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

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

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terrible narration

really struggled to get into this. narration was a drawl and drone. got abandoned quickly.

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Good story interesting characters

Characters are in some ways similar to the TV series (a good thing), and the story held my attention. The narrator had a few different voices, and has a pleasant voice.

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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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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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Amazing

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



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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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Recommended for fans

I really enjoyed this book! Intriguing, interesting, liked how it takes place in the 60s/70s

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Amazing back story!!

Wish it was longer!! But it is well worth a listen if you’re a stranger things fan

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A little outdated due to season 4 but a good story

I enjoyed listening to this story and liked the narrator. Some of the backstory was good and would have made an excellent standalone novel but some of the storylines don’t combine with the histories given in Season 4 of Stranger Things.
The ending seemed a little rushed and wasn’t as believable as the rest of the story but still a good read for stranger things fans

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I absolutely loved this!

After reading some of the reviews, I didn't have high expectations of the book. I am so glad that didn't put me off giving it a listen.
I loved it! It is a great listen to start you off before watching the TV show, or if you are interested in 11s mums story.