Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father's heart.
While forgetting your problems won't solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father remembers.
They're both professionals in the memory field - they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn't they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that's wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation seems to be sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn't had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see.
Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel headed down the same path to fantasy land as his old man?
©2012 Jordan Castillo Price (P)2016 Jordan Castillo Price
Okay, so you’d probably figure since I’d already read this trilogy, why would I be so eager to listen to it also. Well, for one thing, the narrator. Seth Clayton. He’s newer, but everything I’ve listened to that he’s narrated has been awesome! And he does a great job emoting and using just the right pacing and various tones for each individual character he narrates, so it’s almost like a full cast audio!
Anyway, with that in mind, I was curious if I would get a different feel for the story, and if it would change my previous thoughts when I finished. The first go round, after reading each book one at a time, I recall feeling almost like the end of each story (except the last, of course) was just barely starting, almost like a cliffhanger.
But, having already read the complete series, this time around, since I knew what was coming, I felt like I could just lean back and enjoy. And chuckle. And outright laugh! Its amazing how listening with my ears instead of just absorbing words with my eyes gave me a whole new sensory experience. Gave me a whole new level of enjoyment.
There were just so many little things I’d missed the first go round. Like Larry. And his ideas about people paying to do interesting things to pigs in Mnems. Okaaaay…Or the specific details within each Mnem. Like the quality of the packet determines if things are window dressing, or if they have little or no smell or taste. And many more little things caught my attention that somehow I seemed to miss the first time I read this book.
And the narrator? He was spot on! I’m SO looking forward to the rest of the audios!! JCP picked another winner like she’d done with Gomez Pugh.
I feel spoiled, and tend to always have high expectations from this author. JCP books are the bomb. Full package deal. Icing on the cake..and I could go on *smiles*
Cover Art? Awesome. Check.
Narrator choice? Awesome. Check.
World Building? Awesome. Check.
Quality All Around Product? Awesome. Check.
You just CAN’T go wrong with a JCP story. Grabbed me with PsyCop. Kept me with Mnevermind. And keeping my interest peaked with all the standalones and shorts for the various series already published.
If you haven’t checked them out yet, please consider grabbing up these stories. The audios do nothing but complement the books. And with the quality covers, do yourself a favor, and get a print copy too! You’ll be glad you did. Highly, highly recommended.
Jambrea Jo Jones
Yes. This book was awesome as was the narration. It is a refreshing story.
Larry. The guy was awesome. And how someone appeared where they weren't supposed to.
His voices. Larry stood out, but everything was great!
An experience so mind blowing you won't remember what happened... or will you...
So, I admit. I was absolutely NOT attracted to this series when I read the blurbs on the books. I’m not into dystopian stuff and though I can appreciate a good mind fuck, that’s not generally what I look for in a romance. It sounded like there was going to be some sort of robot or electrically created person… yeah. Not my thing. But… I like Seth Clayton as a narrator and I ADORE all the stuff I’ve ever read by Jordan Castillo Price so… I said – I’ll give it a try!
It both is and isn’t what I expected. But it is friggin’ awesome!
So, yeah. It’s a bit dark. (Not nearly as dark as the Mary series or Meatworks, though.) Daniel is up against a wall both emotionally and financially, so he’s not super cheery and he’s really not even looking for a hook up much less a relationship.
I’m not going to go into much detail about the story – because what’s the fun in that? You’ll have to figure things out along with Daniel as far as what’s what. But… I will tell you that I was very surprised by the turn of events – pleasantly.
Besides a fascinating bit of science and philosophy (what is memory, experience, reality, etcetera) there is some moral dilemma thrown in here, a bit of hurt/comfort and disability type stuff as well.
The stuff about reality is really compelling. Everyone’s had that sensation of trying to figure out “am I dreaming” or waking up from a dream KNOWING it was real, but then eventually figuring out that it wasn’t. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s disappointing. With this “technology” that sense of memory goes one step further and blurs the definition of “reality”. Add to that when things go wrong… it makes for a very compelling story.
I found “the man in black” to be fascinating and I can’t wait to learn more about him. Which leads me to how this is both awesome and sucky at the same time. On the one hand I’m psyched because I can at least read the next two books in the series – but I’m bummed because only one (so far) in audio format and the audio is awesome!
Seth Clayton did a lovely job with Lane Hayes’ books as well as Raine O’Tierney’s book, so I knew he would at least be acceptable. Well, he really seemed to fit this genre/story to a “T”. He adds in some “special effects” with his voice, he does the dry humor perfectly, and manages to give everyone a unique voice without making anyone (including aunt Pipsie) sound ridiculous. He definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the story and really brought this to life. I loved how he handled “the man in black’s” character in addition to (of course) Daniel and Larry and his Dad.
(I can’t wait for the audio – I’m gonna read the next two books – but I’m gonna be excited for the audios when they come, too!)
Highly recommended. 5 of 5 stars
I've been waiting for this audio book for a long time, I already have the ebook trilogy. This is not JCPs most well known series, but it is sweet and interesting and really worth a read!
I love the psycop series by this author and was excited to buy this new book. But to call this book 1 of a trilogy seems misleading. It's more like part one of a book. This part of the story is utterly unresolved and unsatisfying as a single instalment.
I'm sorry to say this is nowhere near as good as psycop. The writing is far better than most in this genre. Intellectually there are some intriguing ideas in this book but I felt no emotional connection to the characters. I don't really care what happens to them. I won't bother with the next one in this series.
I think I read/listen too much for my own good. Love mystery books. Don't like MCs who are 'kids'. Love comedy. Not a fan of erotica
Yes I would. I love science fiction books. And this one was enjoyable.
Maybe "Ghostv" by the same author. Alternative realities and such.
He was good. No ridiculous accents. And you could actually differentiate between characters. He was enjoying himself.
Don't know... maybe "Memory default"
It took a while to get into the story. First chapter I was lost. I don't mind secondary characters, but I felt I needed more of the second MC. I understand we hear his story at book 2. Would definitely read.
Good storyline, great characters, fascinating and slightly creepy. As with her Psycop series, Jordan has managed to find a narrator who fits the MCs perfectly.
The only negative is that it was too short however I Cant wait for the next book!
The story line has great composition and is well structured.
Narration was fantastic and full of energy!
A very good story with excellent narration. I'm really looking forward to books two and three.
"Another great story from Jordan Castillo Price"
Can't wait to see what happens next as it has all the makings of another JCP book set which I will become hooked on.
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