Memory Man Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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With over 110 million copies of his novels in print, David Baldacci is one of the most widely read storytellers in the world. Now he introduces a startling, original new character: a man with perfect memory who must solve his own family's murder.
Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice.
The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.
The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare - his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.
His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.
But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Memory Man will stay with you long after the turn of the final tick.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 16 minutes|
|Narrator||Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 21, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,674 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#6 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
#20 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
#191 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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In his younger days, Amos was a professional football player whose career was cut short by a terrible head injury sustained on the field. During his recovery he was found to have developed a condition known as hyperthymesia, which means he never forgets things - an almost perfect memory in other words. This ability has had good, and not so good effects on him. The one downside to this condition is that he has difficulty relating to other people, and shows little in the way of empathy to others, often appearing rude.
In the novel’s opening pages, Amos finds out about a mass shooting at Mansfield High School, where he had attended as a child. When he realises that his previous partner, Mary Lancaster is investigating the case, he decides to offer his help….
All I can add is that this was a proverbial page-turner, and had me engrossed for the three days it took to finish it - no mean feat for a 571 page novel! I was so impressed that I’m definitely going to work my way through the following books in the series. For those interested, here’s the series in order:
The Last Mile
Walk The Wire
Anyway, for thrill seekers out there I thoroughly recommend this book to you. Many thanks for taking time out to read my review, I do hope you found it of use, and that you feel encouraged to get your hands on a copy of Memory Man. Reading is a passion of mine, and I loved reading this.
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The storyline was well paced and the additional characters interesting and well drawn, and it was good to see that there is a cleverly rounded storyline that will link Amos and a couple of the other main characters into the follow-up book.
I could certainly recommend this to anyone who isn't familiar with Baldacci's work and I will certainly give one of his other series of books a closer look as well.
The lower star reviews for this book confused me because the readers felt that a work of fiction was implausible? Off of the lower reviews I thought I was going to be reading something supernatural or fantasy like, but no its a guy with abilities that I thought were real in the real world, the "Synesthesia" is a real thing, and "Hyperthymesia" is also a real thing, so given these are the main characters "abilities" if you will, I'm lost as to what has been deemed implausiable.
Other than the seeming ignorance of some readers this book I thought was very enjoyable, the repetition in the earlier chapters of explanation of his abilities I agree seemed repetitive, but Amos Decker was basically explaining to different people each time what his abilities were.
As we are all different what I enjoy might be abhorrent to someone else, so in summary I enjoyed this book and you might to, I just bought Book 2, so hopefully that will be good to.
I really liked the ladies Amos worked with on the case, both Lancaster and Jamison. Though WHY is it always so acceptable in the States to refer to each other by surnames all the time ? To me it is pretty rude but they do it over there all the time with no offence seemingly taken. I don't like it.
I did make a note that Lancaster's gum-chewing habit got mentioned too often, as did men's pocket squares....not anything I'd usually notice, if not for the needless repetition.
He wrote "I'd been the first one doing it" and it should be "I'd have been the first one doing it" and Yincision needed a space inserted. Then he writes lighted up, which is an oft-written Americanism I hate, as opposed to lit up, then ferret where I'd use ferry....a lot hung upon a sentence uttered...."But it's good" when the actual wording was "But this is good" so the back 'n forth over that phraseology for me was negated by this.
It's a good tale but it does get a little boggy and could probably lose 100 pages...I prefer a longer story but not when it ends up being a little padded to me.