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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Darnton Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781543611922
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New York City: a thirteen-year-old boy named Tyler lies in a hospital, his brain damaged in a tragic accident. By his bedside, his father stands helplessly, as two very different scientists take charge of the boy's fate. One is a neurosurgeon, whose unorthodox experiments use computers to control a patient's physical responses during surgery. The other is a researcher with experiments of his own, ones so secret he can reveal them to no one: his attempts to find the spark of human consciousness…and capture it forever.

Together, they will produce a result beyond anything they could have conceived, sending Tyler far beyond the frontiers of medical science into an astonishing netherworld of man and machine—a place no living person has gone before and from which one desperate person will try to bring him back.…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The settings are cinematic…The characters are just complex enough to encourage our sympathy or loathing; the technical bits—brain surgery, bizarre neurological syndromes, sinister computer devices—ring authentic. Mind Catcher fully discharges its obligation to generate suspense.”

    New York Times

  • “John Barnton has delivered a medical sci-fi thriller that…hurtles along like an ambulance, hightailing it nimbly around every sharp corner of technical knowledge and scientific research.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “What really scares us about science and technology isn’t that they will be perverted by mad researchers or abused by dictators. It’s that their progress is unstoppable, irreversible. John Darnton taps into that fear in his latest ‘science adventure’ thriller.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The pacing is downright cinematic.”

    Seattle Times

  • “This is a dazzling, fast-paced novel that taps into issues about mind-body duality, cyberspace, artificial intelligence, and stem cell research. Well-drawn characters, tense emotions, and philosophical debates provide additional depth to this exciting scientific thriller.”


  • “Bridging the spiritual and the technological with a yarn of dastardly doings, Darnton pulls the reader in…Mind Catcher does what it sets out to do, which is catch the reader’s interest and speculate about the progress of science in the context of real human life. It is a science fiction book in the true sense of the term. That it actually contains soul is what makes it worthwhile.”

    Detroit News

  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 10/2/2013

    " Premise good, writing was ponderous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauro | 6/21/2013

    " Not as engrossing as Neanderthal or The Experiment. Some characters are written only to say a line at the end of the book, and you don't really care what they have to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/1/2013

    " So I bought this book so that I had something to read on the plane on my way to Europe. It was good. Gave me enough of a story for me to be entertained. I do remember thinking this would make an interesting movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 3/7/2012

    " A real 'page turner'! I found the concept of computer, mind, soul/spirit interesting, but a little Scifi. The human side of the story kept me going to the end. I would recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 9/22/2010

    " I just know I've read this premise before..... just can't remember where. And if the pacing in the whole book had been as good as the last third I'd have enjoyed it more. However, very lackluster ending. VERY "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellenjsmellen | 6/8/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. Interesting idea, but the ending, eh. I'm going to give Darnton another shot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thorn | 6/6/2009

    " started out good, but lost steam for me about halfway through. the suspenseful bits were good, the relationship-y bits not so much. "

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About the Author

John Darnton is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent for the New York Times. He is the author of Neanderthal, Mind Catcher, and The Darwin Conspiracy, among others.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.