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Auditory Viewpoint

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Gloria Rank has lived her entire life in the dark. Blind since birth, she has made a name for herself as a respected talk radio show host in New Jersey. When her younger sister, Anna, has her identity stolen and a man is murdered outside her apartment, Anna becomes the prime suspect in an FBI investigation. But when bodies begin piling up around her, the FBI has to admit ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 25th 2013 by Black Rose Writing
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Bell, Book & Candle | Auditory Viewpoint Review

I feel like I just read something that should be a Lifetime movie. No joke. If any of you have ever seen a few, then you will know what I'm talking about once you read this book.

I was thrilled by the idea of a character having to use their senses other than sight. It reminds me of the character, Toph, from Avatar: The Last Airbender in which she didn't let a "disability" stop her from kicking butt and taking names! It's an all around great
Merril Anil
Trailed through the surface

First of all a huge thanks to the author and her team for providing me with the copy of the book

The book definitely had a very interesting story base and its line of characters that came with their own weakness and strength and background story but i felt that in spite of all these valuable and essential ingredients available, the author did not go into the depths of the story.

I felt the book to be somewhat like a short fictional documentary on cybercrime. Quick and
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Auditory Viewpoint: Lillian R. Melendez
What we often take fore granted just might save our lives. Within this world there are many people who invade our privacy, learn about our lives and seek ways to inflate their financial wealth at the expense of others. Seeing, touching, smelling, tasting and hearing provide many windows on the world and when one sense is impaired or taken away we need to rely on the rest in order to complete simple tasks, overcome difficult situations and learn how to cope
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: andra

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I liked the premise of the book; the actual story had much promise (identity theft is a ‘now’ topic). I did enjoy the portion of the story where Gloria was trying to teach Anna to use her other senses. However, Gloria seems stilted, very abrupt sometimes. I found it hard to connect with her.

I found that at times the dialogue seemed odd, like what was said by a character was forgotten almost immediately. For example why
Feb 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not great...
The idea behind the book sounded interesting however I just felt that it wasn't carried out very well.

The characters were under developed. It was impossible to feel any 'draw' to them, or to even care about how the story panned out for them. This applied from the main characters to the small characters that appeared for only a short time within the book.
The story didn't come together very well, there were too many 'jumps' in what was happening, and to me it make most of the book
Matt Boiselle
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it

Your senses are your lifeblood - through your ability to see, touch, smell, taste & hear, you can revel in every day's surroundings. While some definitely take these senses for granted, there are some that need each and every one to survive the simplest of days, especially when one particular sense may be impaired.

The second novel from author Lillian R. Melendez, titled "Auditory Viewpoint", spins the story of talk radio host Gloria Rank, who has risen from obscurity to become a highly
Kelly Smith Reviews
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lillian R. Melendez's novel about a blind woman trying to solve a crime is one of the most thought-provoking books I've read in a while. Its writing is different; doesn't read like a typical crime novel.

Gloria is a popular radio-show host whose most recent interview is with an IT professional named Benjamin.
What you realize about Gloria is that she is blind, and that sets the tone for the entire novel.

Gloria's sister, Anna, has her identity stolen, but it goes deeper than that: people want her
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I received this book as part of a blog tour to give an honest review.

I read the blurb and I figured this would be a good book. Umm it was just okay. It wasn't really what I was expecting I guess you would say. I expected more action dealing with the people who are hackers.
I did enjoy how Gloria showed us how to use our other senses instead of our eyesight.
Now on to the story, it seemed like a good story plot. You have Gloria who works for a radio show and on the day she has an IT expert her
Diane Coto
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Gloria Rank has been blind since birth, but being blind didn’t slow her down. She learned how to get around very well. Through senses other than sight, she manages to take in much of her surroundings. She is a radio host. She and her partner have just hosted a show about Identity Theft with Benjamin Taylor, a security expert and president of Wired Security. As soon as she parts ways with Benjamin, she tries to locate him once again as her sister, Anna, becomes a victim. A hacker has not only ...more
Sandra Stiles
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This was an excellent book. I was intrigued by the idea that a blind person would be the one to step up to try to solve a crime. When Gloria Rank interviewed Benjamin Taylor on her morning radio talk show she had no idea she would need his help. Benjamin Taylor was an expert on identity theft. Gloria’s younger sister Anna is a victim of identity theft. That isn’t the only problem she has. A body has been dumped on
Gayle Pace
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
In today's world the serious subject of Ms. Melendez's book is all too real. The book is fiction but it will make you think. This could be anyone you know. Identity theft is so prevalent, it can grab anyone at anytime.
Ms. Melendez brings out the subject in an unique way. She uses another all too real subject in real life, human handicaps. The author mixes the two subjects and shows us that even a blind person can achieve things that are beyond our understanding. You never think that
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: review

Headline: Use your senses.
When I read the back of the book I was excited to get started, why you ask? Well finding a character that uses her senses in a way I have not seen in a book made this read a welcomed treat. Gloria is a radio host and we meet her sister Anna after she becomes the victim of identity theft. Suddenly it appears that someone might also be trying to kill Anna. Along with her friend Gloria decided to find the perpetrators on her own without the police. They travel to and from
Reader's Paradise
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
When I read the back of the book I was excited to get started, why you ask? Well finding a character that uses her senses in a way I have not seen in a book made this read a welcomed treat.
Gloria is a radio host and we meet her sister Anna after she becomes the victim of identity theft. Suddenly it appears that someone might also be trying to kill Anna. Along with her friend Gloria decided to find the perpetrators on her own without the police. They travel to and from a few cities tracking down
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Auditory Viewpoint by Lillian R. Melendez is a page turner. Once you pick it up and open it up, it will grab you and hold you down and you will watch those pages turn and turn and turn some more until you get to the last one. There are a few twists and turns thrown in too. As you read the story, you will see that it is about identity theft. Or is it? Anna, gets her identity stolen and learns that she is being stalked. Gloria, her sister, is blind. She teaches her
Kim Jacobs
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-win, mystery
Gloria has been blind since birth and has learned to use all of her other senses to function in life. Gloria's sister Anna has her identity stolen and a man is murdered outside of her door. From there both Gloria and Anna go on a quest to survive and determine who stole Anna's identity and why. I was a bit confused as the story went from an identity theft to a murder and how this was tied together and how Anna was involved. The idea that Gloria helped Anna become better at using all of her other ...more
Charissa Wilkinson
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
I received this book for a fair review.

Overview: Gloria Rank, a blind radio host, has gotten a call from her sister. Anna’s bank account has been tapped. It appears that Anna Rank is in the process of having her identity stolen. Conveniently, Gloria just had a guest, on her show, who was talking about such things. Can Gloria keep her sister alive while they find out why Anna’s identity was stolen? Or will one of them end up as the next body in the thieves’ wake?

Likes: John and Benjamin really
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Lillian R Melendez book is a realistic wakeup call in fictional form. She brings to reality a serious subject in our world today and the approach she uses to bring it is unique, interesting, and beyond normal perspective. Lillian takes an everyday issue and combined it with a human handicap to show what those whom are challenged can do that would blow are minds. If only we all could smell, hear and feel things as others do but Lillian goes above and beyond to show us. I have never thought of ...more
Kristen Chandler
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I have always been fascinated by people have an impaired sense, because they are usually able to use the other ones in ways that we, who have all our senses, don’t. So this book was right up my alley. There was a lot of action and suspense, and while figuring out the person who was after Anna wasn’t super hard, the twist at the end was totally unexpected.

I totally loved Gloria, especially how she tried to be so independent and how strong she was. Anna was okay at
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I have read by this author. The first was Dismantling Vindictiveness--needless to say I liked it cause here I am again with another of her books!

Someone is stalking Anna. Her sister, Gloria, has to teach her how to use all her senses to figure out who the person is! You see Gloria is totally blind and at first nobody, least of all Anna, believes she can actually help. When people start getting murdered the FBI gets involved-now you know they really don't think Gloria can
Teresa Kander
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
The concept of this book is totally original, not to mention fascinating. The main character, Gloria, is blind, and has had to rely on her other senses to learn about people and places. Through the course of this story, she finds herself having to teach her sister those same lessons so that they can solve a string of murders and stop a ring of identity thieves.

There is some very well-written dialogue in this book, and the suspense and intrigue are felt all the way through the story. The plot
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was average. It had a good premise and new ideas, but the writing was too simple and didn't flow very well. The characters were all right, if a little typical, and there wasn't much real conflict. But there were some good twists and it was fun to piece things together as I read and try to predict what was going to happen. The ending was a little cheesy but still reasonable. Would I read more by this author? Probably not. Would I recommend this book to others? Maybe.

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Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gloria Rank is a talk radio show host in New Jersey—and is blind. Her sister, Anna, becomes the FBI’s prime suspect when a man is murdered outside of her apartment door—and her identity is stolen. Gloria suspects that Anna isn’t telling her everything about why she is the target of the theft and of all the other things that are happening to her. She tries to teach Anna how to use her other senses, as she does, and not just rely on sight, because Anna is in danger. A lot is going on in the story. ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Selected this book because of the premise of the main character, who is blind. The writing was too choppy, clumsy and simplistic to keep me engaged, however, and the part where Gloria teaches her sister how to concentrate on her other senses was just too silly. No blind person, and I know several, would ever come up with such a contrivance; it was insulting. I quickly read through the rest of the book without much enjoyment. I will say that the mastermind behind the murders was a clever idea; ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Great idea for a book. Quick read. I enjoyed it, just wish it had been a bit more exciting. It had the potential for greatness, but fell just a little short of that for me. But still well worth reading! Loved Gloria, she could have been more developed, and at times wanted to thump Anna
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was slow and the dialogue was incredibly stilted, but the subject, identity theft, is definitely a hot topic currently. The premise is good, it just needs a good edit.
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Mystery novelist, Lillian R. Melendez was born in New York, and grew up in South Orange, New Jersey. She began to publish her work when she was very young. The arts as a whole have always been an interest, but creative writing is her passion. She received a B.A. degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America.