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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

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.

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Memory Man

The authors imagination coupled with the narrators passion for the story, keeps the listener riveted. It was a very believable story and I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for another book to come out.

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I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

This is my first book of David Baldacci and I look forward to reading "The Last Mile", book number 2 in the Amos Decker series.

The narration and minimal sound effects throughout the book certainly added to the enjoyment of the book overall. I liked the characters, found the story easy to follow and was eager to see how everything all fit together in the end. I did manage to figure a couple things out about the "who done it" along the way and although some of the story was a bit far fetched, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book!

If you enjoy this genre of books, I really don't think you will be disappointed with this one! I can't wait to start the next one.

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end could have been better

end could have been better. over all the story line is good carried out well but the male and female voice switch was not seamless.

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Enjoyable but somewhat cheesy in parts

Memory Man has an interesting concept, and as a whole, the story is quite good. The speakers were pretty good and helped capture the mood.

Unfortunately, there are some places where the dialog and writing gets cheesy. The last chapter of the book is particularly bad and could almost have been lifted from many pilot episodes on TV.

Nevertheless, it was fairly enjoyable, though I think it's unlikely I'll listen to or read any of the authors books.

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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

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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.

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Very memorable

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

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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

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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.

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  • Mrs. S. A. Lynch
  • 04-25-15

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

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  • Simon
  • 04-04-16

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.

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  • Mikey
  • 05-04-15

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-15

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.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 04-26-15

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?

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  • A. Smythe
  • 07-02-15

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.

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  • Graziella
  • 03-08-16

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.

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  • Snakeeyes969
  • 10-28-15

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.

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  • Mrs. F. Thomson
  • 10-16-15

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.

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  • M
  • 06-16-15

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.

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  • Jeremiah
  • 07-06-15

great soo good

the reader was amazing his voice fit the character perfectly and the woman characters had women speakers which was great also the music that built up suspenseful senes was good to. very well done.

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  • amanda
  • 09-30-16

Baldacci the master once again

i really enjoyed the complex twists in this book. and the superior writing skill of David Baldacci. The narration also fitted well with the story. Well done to all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-16

Hmmmm

A bit weird as to why the main character was linked to all the fatalities. Kept thinking what has this got to with him and why would this happen. Tenuous at best. preferred David Baldacci's last character.

However, Ron Mclarty and Orlagh Cassidy are awesome as always!!

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  • KevSullivan
  • 05-19-16

Great way to share a book on a car journey.

My wife and I really enjoyed 'reading' the same book on a long car trip recently. We listened to a few chapters then discussed our who dunnit theories. Great fun reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-13-16

Wow!

This was a great book! Author is very descriptive and not once did I want to stop listen. Now to find the next book of his...

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  • Kevin
  • 12-01-15

Enjoyable and captures your interest from the start.

As with his other books, David holds your interest, you just don't want to put it down, a need to know what is going to happen next.

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  • James Mulray
  • 07-29-15

Good Story/Poor Female performance

The female voice actor sounds a bit like a robot. Everyone but the main character is completely stupid and can't work anything out hahaha good story though

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  • giorgia
  • 07-18-15

Slow start, but good book in overall

slow start but as the story develop it gets better and better.
interesting topics and insights

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  • Tim
  • 06-01-15

Compelling story line

Loved the idea an ex cop had a freak accident and the outcome was he has 100% memory of all the past. Could not put it down.
Bring on the many sequels.

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  • Rod Hannifey
  • 08-26-17

Memroy Man

Would you listen to Memory Man again? Why?

Yes, the character is different from many crime and fiction, shows many positive traits and the story gets you in and keeps you interested till the end.

What did you like best about this story?

It covers a wide range of topics, from life to medical trauma and whilst showing there are bad people in the world, shows there are also good and they will help others, a simplistic view perhaps, but an engaging read.

Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favourite?

Definitely, Amos Decker is not only the ,main character, but the most interesting and enjoyable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That is not possible in my job, it was listened to as audio of course.

Any additional comments?

It did at times require some concentration and this is the one issue with listening to audio books whilst driving, but as long as you can "read" as the secondary aim, audio books are good to keep the mind active and to reduce fatigue issues on boring roads.

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