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Memory Man Audiobook

Memory Man

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Publisher's Summary

The next novel from the best-selling crime author David Baldacci. Amos Decker is a former professional football player whose career was ended by a terrible hit. Now a police detective, Amos is still haunted by a side effect from the accident he can never forget.

One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law horrifically murdered. Obviously scarred and nearly broken, Decker has to use his skills as a detective and his unusual brain capacity to try to catch the monster who killed his family.

©2015 Columbus Rose, Ltd (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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    helen melbourne, Australia 05-09-15
    helen melbourne, Australia 05-09-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant Story"

    Amos' terrible tragedy comes two fold, once with his football injury and then the devastating death of his family. The story is well told and page turning. His mental capacities are amazing and I'd love a fraction of those abilities. Amos is a character I would love to see more of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edgar 07-24-16
    Edgar 07-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Intense start to what I hope is a lovely series"

    Really liked the character of Amos Decker...would really like to read more on this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jhonatan Oliveira 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story development"

    The story is well developed at the beginning and maybe because of that it made me expect a lot for the closing facts. They are good, but not brilliant as I expected.
    Nevertheless, a high quality entertainment for hours in a row.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very memorable"

    Great character development with a most interesting and unique story line. Riveting and compelling. A time well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emma 04-22-16
    Emma 04-22-16
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    "worst quality: terrible narrator"
    What disappointed you about Memory Man?

    everything. I couldn't get past the terrible sound quality


    Would you recommend Memory Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    nope


    How could the performance have been better?

    yes... if the person had even a basic idea of audio editing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 09-29-15
    Randy 09-29-15
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    "A great read with great voices!"

    Five start story with just perfect narration. I'll be looking for more books read by Ron McClarty.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs. S. A. Lynch
    Leeds West Yorkshire, UK
    4/25/15
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    "Memory Man means he's done it again"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I definitely would once again David Baldacci has created a really extraordinary set of characters in this book which I hope is only the first in a series.The plot is well done. The central character is unusual and totally engaging. The whole book is well written and gripping.I am an avid fan of his Camel Club series, Will Robbie books and the Puller series and it appears that once again he has found the magic which seems to drip from his pen.


    What other book might you compare Memory Man to, and why?

    I compare this book to a Jack Reacher book. In some obvious ways the central characters have some similar traits but this man is more solitary


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I love this duo reading style. The readers are an essential part of any audio book, make the wrong choice and a book can be ruined but these two are perfect in my opinion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the most moving part of the book is when Capt Miller comes to Amos's room while he is trying to decide if he should commit suicide. His straight talking is touching but unsentimental


    Any additional comments?

    I am waiting eagerly for more books from this author generally and in this series particularly.

    This is a fabulous read

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    4/26/15
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    "Amos Decker, complex & compelling. Outstanding."
    What made the experience of listening to Memory Man the most enjoyable?

    I found the character of Amos Decker complex and compelling. I was engaged from beginning to end. Storyline was strong. I am looking forward to the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amos Decker. A new kid on the block. Fantastic


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Ron McLarty has a rich and easy listening voice, lovely. Orlagh Cassidy a perfect foil


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end?


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. F. Thomson
    Carnoustie, Scotland
    10/16/15
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    "Good story, production shocking!"

    I liked this new character. I liked the story and the twists and turns, I was annoyed by the poor production as if it was a patchwork of recordings slung together. Not up to the high standard I would expect from Hachette.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    5/4/15
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    "Amos Decker is a legend"
    What other book might you compare Memory Man to, and why?

    Cuckoos calling. Mainly because Amos Decker reminded me of Cormoron Strike.


    Any additional comments?

    A tough, rough fat and heartbroken man, Amos Decker, our leading man is a hard hitting and fearless detective. After coming home to find his entire family brutally slaughtered; and after receiving a severe brain injury on a football field that left him with no sense of fear and very little feeling, he has all the makings of a loveable hero. I was rooting for him the minute I was introduced to him. Baldacci has created a great character here, which helped make this great crime story fantastic. I was guessing from the word go and I never usually do this with crime/thrillers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A. Smythe
    UK
    7/2/15
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    "My first and last Baldacci book - bad narration."
    What did you like best about Memory Man? What did you like least?

    There is much to like about the start of Memory Man - it's an interesting premise, but surely we've seen 'damaged ex-policeman' about a million times. Yes, Baldacci puts a neat twist on things and the kick off for the story keeps you interested but it's like a crime thriller for idiots - everything is explained and re-explained over and over.
    You know those bad US tv shows/movies where everything is verbalised so no-one misunderstands anything? It's like that and it's infuriating.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Story was ok - really conveluted though and utterly propsterous.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance/narration was very annoying. Firstly, the main guy reading was far too old. Some of the speech even sounds a little slurred at times. Secondly and inexplicably, every now and then a different guy says a line or two. Not speech or anything, just a random line. It's almost like the first guy missed out some lines and the second guy was filling in. It could be they made an abridged version and just added the missed out lines with a new guy. Terrible. Finally, I liked the fact that the women's parts were played by a woman, but the recording sounds like it took place at a different time and place with unrealistic gaps during talking scenes. Just bad.


    Could you see Memory Man being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    This should not be a tv series, if it is it'll be one of those bad crime shows like NCIS or Criminal Minds where everything is spelled out for you.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm usually pretty forgiving with books i read and I like to read a lot of different genres, but this is not a good book, made worse by poor narration choices. I felt like giving a good crime thriller a go, but this is not good.
    On the plus side, I did sit through the entire thing as I had to know what happened, but I doubt I'll be getting another Baldacci novel.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    4/4/16
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    "Memory Man is Fairly Memorable!"

    A new lead for Baldacci sees Amos Decker, a savant not from birth but from an horrendous incident in an American Football game tackle a case that had defined his personal life. Decker is fascinating drawing inspiration from a mix of the likes of Jack Reacher and possibly the world of Keifer Sutherland’s TV Series “Touch”. He is a damaged individual who sounds hard to like as he struggles against: depression, his near-unique condition of perfect recall which proves to be both a blessing and a curse and tragedy in his personal life. He is surrounded by characters of reasonable depth as the story develops.

    The plot itself is fairly complex and develops at a steady pace and is most strongly focused on the detail of the investigation itself. The dual narration from Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy is decent enough but suffers from some minor production problems. McLarty sets the opening scene superbly but seemed to struggle with the more descriptive parts particularly as Decker’s condition was regularly covered to the point of over-repetition. It was definitely a good idea to have Cassidy’s assistance with the female characters but the production had McLarty’s voice on multiple levels and the female voices almost sounded like they were condensed, similar to listening over a phone line at times. The brief moments of musical backing worked well to my taste though and the production problems won’t be a great problem to most of us.

    I am going to stick with this series because it’s a decent premise and Baldacci writes a good story. I didn’t think it was perfect and yes Decker is just another in a long line of damaged detectives but it is damaged in a very different way to the norm. A memory with perfect recall is something I am sure that many of us would be only too happy to have but the book quite convincingly shows how much of a curse it could be too. The detailed plot and investigations made for interesting listening.

    In summary well worth considering.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    5/7/15
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    "Fantastic"

    Couldn't stop listening, well read and written, great description, twists and turns in the plot. Kept me riveted to the last sentence. David Baldacci never ceases to amaze, great writer, you get submersed in the story. Would recommend without hesitation.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Graziella
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    3/8/16
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    "brilliant story, strange rendering"

    The story is first rate. Vintage Baldacci. The actors are first rate too but there seems to be a glitch in the system as the male voice seemed to be on 2 different levels, as if something had gone wrong and so some over recording had been done. It did not detract from the great story but it did spoil my enjoyment in as much as it did break MY concentration and i was very aware of the break in the rhythm.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snakeeyes969
    10/28/15
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    "Very enjoyable but patchy audio."

    I really enjoyed this book as the plot was good and easy to follow, but it left you guessing till the end. The characters were interesting and I would like to know more about the other characters in the book.

    The only downside for this book was at times the audio would suddenly switch from the normal high quality to a low quality audio. Though it doesn't effect the enjoyability of the book it is noticeable and I feel should not be happening in a audiobook on audible.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • M
    6/16/15
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    "Good story - keeps you guessing"

    Good story. Well read and well timed. Would recommend. Only minor complaint is the audio recording sounded like the original recording had lines inserted afterwards; like making an abridged version unabridged by getting narrator to read missing lines. Didn't affect the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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