• The Eye of Minds

  • Mortality Doctrine, Book One
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,071 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times best-selling Maze Runner series, comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure.

Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams...and your worst nightmares.

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it's addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he's holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific - the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer's motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they've been watching Michael. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can't even fathom - and there's the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

©2013 James Dashner (P)2013 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

 Praise for the Mortality Doctrine Series:

“Set in a world taken over by virtual reality gaming, the series perfectly capture[s] Dashner’s hallmarks for inventiveness, teen dialogue and an ability to add twists and turns like no other author.” (MTV.com)

“A brilliant, visceral, gamified mash-up of The Matrix and Inception, guaranteed to thrill even the non-gaming crowd.” (Christian Science Monitor)

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The Maze Runner + Ready Player One + TRON

What would have made The Eye of Minds better?

Something, anything unique. So much repetition of ideas that have been done better. Even Dashner's own Maze Runner ideas were repeated at points here and with worse results. It was exciting and intense, a Dashner staple, but not interesting.

What was most disappointing about James Dashner’s story?

Lack of unique world-building and character development.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Horrible at voicing female characters. Most characters were lifeless. Just felt very boring.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The action and intensity in the pacing keeps you going even when you aren't that interested in the story.

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Another great story by Dashner

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to a friend but it wouldn't be my first recommendation. I read another review on here to skip this book and try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I did exactly that and Ready Player One was fantastic if you have about 16 hours to spare in your life. I enjoyed it so much I needed another fix for the virtual reality world and came back to this book. This book was a similar topic but is much shorter(8 1/2 hrs) and almost as good. Considering this audiobook came from the author of the Maze Runner series, I was sure it would be good and I was not disappointed until the book was over and there isn't a sequel. Throughout the story, the elements are always changing as the main character(s) travel through completely different "worlds" in the video game with suspense and surprises all the way through the book. If you can get wrapped up in a video game you'll love how this book is set in the virtual reality world where anything can happen.

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Overwritten, lame plot, predictable

All the words are used up in the first scene; fear, sweat, pain. Therefore, there is no tension in the rest of the book, just more fear, sweat, pain. The "game" is boring, with no interesting problems, no clues, no excitement, nor innovative solutions.

There are long periods of walking through hallways "for hours." The plot is not very original and I found the ending entirely predictable. I seriously considered abandoning the book, but finished it so as to write this review to spare others the pain.

However, given that the writing is so bad, the performance is actually quite good. Davies manages to deliver each scene with care, passion, and adds a variety of tone, despite having to read the same words over and over.

To help calibrate my review, I thought that Brown's Red Rising trilogy was the best writing and performance in a long time.

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Weak story

If you like the Maze Runner series you will likely be disappointed with this book.

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interesting story

the story is quite good, its kinda heavy but worth to finish it, long story short I want to continue to the next book.

the voice performer its not that good, some impressions sound the same as others characters, making it hard sometimes to understand if its the same or another character.

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Disappointed

What disappointed you about The Eye of Minds?

I found the story to be dry and juvenile. The narrator's voice I didn't like. Maybe I'm spoiled on Brent Weeks & Jim Butcher.

Has The Eye of Minds turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

Luke Daniels reading it.

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

none

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Great read!

Great Sci-fi book. Would love to see this made into a movie. Great twist at the very end. Enjoyed listening to the narrator.

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Interesting Story

Where does The Eye of Minds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I usually listen to the classics, so this was a little different for me. However, the story was intersting and compelling. Certinly worth listening to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eye of Minds?

Then ending... I was not expecting it!

What three words best describe Erik Davies’s voice?

I'm not sure about three words, but overall he is certainly not the best. He is not very good at doing female voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book will take you all ove the place, but that's a good thing.

Any additional comments?

I think this is a great book and worth the listen.

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Made the book more enjoyable

Erik Davies did a perfect job using different voices and sticking to those threw out the whole story so when characters where reintroduced you would be able to recognize them quicker.

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Great commentary on perceptions of life and death.

The Eye of Minds is a wonderfully suspenseful story bearing a seed of philosophy all too appropriate for our technological age. It will make you question your definitions of life and death and keep you wondering just what horrors the main characters will be forced to face next.

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