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Slade Harris will do anything for a story, including murdering the woman he loves.

Slade doesn't think twice about jumping out of a plane or conducting disastrous love affairs to gather material for his work, but his self-indulgent life is catching up with him. Stumbling through his late 30s hopeless and a little drunk, Slade has a dazzling, dangerous idea which will change his life forever. It's going to be Slade's ultimate story...and all he's hoping for is to survive it.

©2011 Janita Lawrence (P)2017 Janita Lawrence

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The Memory of Water

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Haunted by his past and with writer's block, novellist Slade Harris begins to plan a theoretical murder in order to get himself working again. But when the events of his outline start to play themselves out for real he's pitched into a plot that he can't control and where fiction and reality begin to blur.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Surprise!

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This book really took me by surprise. Although I was enjoying the book , I just knew I had figured out the twist from the beginning....WRONG! I was originally going to give it 4 stars but by the end it had earned the 5th! Good story, good narration, good book!

I received a free review copy and left this review voluntarily.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • KirbyD
  • LONGVIEW, WA, United States
  • 08-02-17

Ever thought about writing a book?

Get ready for a psychological thrill ride. Follow this author through an adventure, romance, and emotional healing. Or is it a complete break down? Maybe you get to decide.

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Captivating

If you could sum up The Memory of Water in three words, what would they be?

Powerful, riveting, surprising

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. Every chapter leaves you wanting more

Which character – as performed by J. Austin Moran II – was your favorite?

Slade

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The Memory of Water has to be one of my favourites written by a local author. JT Lawrence has a special gift with words. She makes the reader feel part of the story and every character in the book appeals to you.

Well done!
I recommend this book to everyone.

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Amazing!

The story is amazing! J.T. Lawrence’s work is impressive and addictive :) It was so hard for me to stop the audio... all the chase and trying to prove who the killer was exciting. It was really worth my time and attention! I love it!

About the narration, it’s the first time I try an audiobook and it was great. This narrator’s voice has emotion and is so easy to understand!

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Intriguing, Suspenseful, Surprising, and Explicit

This book is not your average work or listen. My title of intriguing, suspenseful, surprising, and explicit only scratches the surface of the descriptors for this story-line. Like international cuisine, this work has a different flavor to it.

The Memory of Water primes the listener with citations from playwrights’ and novelists’ works. Kafka is referred to, Hemingway and Somerset Maugham are quoted, Wilde is paraphrased there are also parallels of plot, character and setting and there is even the occasional critical analysis of such. An example of this is when Slade Harris (the anti-heroic lead character) referring to himself as the tragic protagonist of his own life uses Gatsby and Daisy to make the point. Slade is a hedonist who is self-absorbed, somewhat shady, decadent, and he carries around a ton of personal baggage beginning with a family tragedy which the author documents sublimely.

The book has sort of a contemporary crime novel feel to it, yet it also has the classical international flair to it with the hints of the local language and references that helps place listener in South Africa (where the author hails from and, to my surprise, is female). As mentioned above, there are also the allusions to cultural classics. The plot is excellent, the characters well developed, the themes and writing are fairly tight. It’s one of those books I find difficult to succinctly review because there is so much involved that strikes me as out of the ordinary genre of works.

Although this is the first time I have listened to a narration by J. Austin Moran, I think that a fine job was done. His inflection exemplified the ebbs and flows of the suspense throughout. In fact, I found myself looking for more of his works on Audible, but found nothing close to this genre to listen to. :)

Finally, It must be said (and is displayed on the cover page) there is a good deal of explicit sex scattered throughout. I am not one to search that out, and can be turned off by it when used just for the sake of it. However, it worked in this book being just dark and exciting enough to fit (and dare I say enhance) the story-line. Just be forewarned if that is something you are not wanting to be experience. Aside from that, I would highly recommend this worl for someone that wants to spice up their reading.

A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.

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The memory of water

OMG!I loved this book!What a ride!Great main character.Good secondary characters.It is twisted and full of suspense. A writer with writers block comes up with an ideato kill a friend.WHen it happens for real we dont't know who actually did it.J.Austin Moran II was a terrific narrator!I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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The Memory of Water

This book started out slow and then got rolling. I had some difficulty telling what was real and what was not in some parts of the book. The narrator did an excellent job and gave a good performance.

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Great!

What made the experience of listening to The Memory of Water the most enjoyable?

I found the theme of this book different and very enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

The storyline is very interesting and easy to follow. Kept me interested all the way to the end.

What does J. Austin Moran II bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His interpretation of every character was spot on.

Any additional comments?

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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an amazing thriller

Wao I had my doubts with this one at first, but the twists make me this book a new favorite. I have to admit that Slade didn't catch me the first time he sounded like a bad person, maybe he was but maybe just too wild?

and the plot and the conspirations were so huges and amazing, really a thriller fan dream.

if you're into noir novels this is the one you should pick up.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 08-03-17

Awesome

Absolutely brilliant story. So many things happen & link together so well! My imagination was running riot with this book. Murder, mayhem, is this real, imagined?!
Sex scenes but not on & on which is great to me.
Narrator was great. Very smooth voice and it flowed.

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  • Alexander James Hawley (Hawley Reviews)
  • 08-15-17

The reality of writers block

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to any prospective writer as it describes what it would feel like for a writer who gets writers block, although it did have some bad elements as well.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

In order to avoid spoilers I won't answer this question then.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

A narrator cannot help the way they deliver, it is just them.

Any additional comments?

Good to read an author from another country again.

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  • niamh bonner
  • 08-05-17

what a memory

this is a very intriguing and enjoyable book. I really enjoyed the way the author played with the lead character. I couldnt decide if I liked him or not as a person which is always a good sign for me. The story moved along and horrible things happened but I couldn't wait to see what happened. great book and great narration.

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  • comfort
  • 05-22-18

What an ending

This Audiobook was given to me by the author in exchange for a fair review.

My initial views of this audio, is that it is set in South Africa but the narrator's accent is American(not strong) but definitely not South African, none of the incidental characters had SA accents either. So.. except for a few SA towns and names this book could be set anywhere, there is no sense of place.

Secondly the book has a warning that it is explicit- for me- not so much, but then I do Moderate an Erotica Group.

The story- well- At first it runs along smoothly, Slade Harris is a writer with writer's block. Severe writer's block. He can't even think of a first sentence. He has spent all his advance and is at risk of his publishers asking for it back. He may also loose his home and car.

He does not seem overly concerned and throws a huge party inviting all his friends and their friends etc etc, It is at this party that he has a huge fight with his friend Eve. Eve whom he would like to be more than a friend. There are witnesses.

Also Slade is holding onto a secret from his youth involving his much loved little sister who drowned when they are kids. This tragedy affects Slade's actions throughout the story.

A bit later Eve winds up dead in exactly the way he has explained to his friend in a scenario for his new novel.

The police come to question him because, of course, there were witnesses to their fight at the party. He is now a suspect.

At Eve's funeral he meets a woman who claims to be Eve's sister and is also in town to clear up her belongings and settle the will.

The middle of the story is a convoluted but highly entertaining series of chases, mis-direction and detective work by our hero.

BUT... that ending.. I must admit to listening to it several times as I didn't get it. The author gives us several endings -it is left for us to decide which one to chose .

I will be looking out for more books by this author as her writing is engaging.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 02-19-18

Writer's block.

I struggled to get into this book; at 20% it seemed like nothing was happening. Then, slowly, it picked up. I'd guess we weren't supposed to particularly like Slade Harris, but I find it hard to support a lead character that I don't like. He was the ultimate misogynist, using and dumping women on a whim. As an author, he felt he needed to behave this way to generate material for his novels, a likely story.

The best part of the book, for me, was the feel of Johannesburg and South Africa, the lurking danger and constant threat of crime.
The sex scenes were a bit over the top, though to be fair, we were warned about that - my book was stickered with an 'adult material' warning.
The audiobook I was listening to, narrated by J. Austin Moran II, was well read, if a touch slow. Mr Moran's voice was deep and gravelly and at first I thought it a strange voice for a narrator, but in fact it perfectly suited the self centred Slade Harris, who tells the story in the first person.

While I was considering abandoning the book at 20%, I went on to GoodReads to decide whether to continue and noticed many reviews praising the ending, so I kept going. Maybe those reviews led me to expect too much. I can't say more and spoil the book for others, but I wasn't as bowled over by the ending as many reviewers were.
Thankfully not all authors with writers block resort to planning their love interest's demise.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 01-13-18

Marvellous

This wasn't my first date with The Memory of Water as I had previously read the book. I'm a huge fan of audio books, and this is an excellent example of a good book transforming into a great book via Audible. Although Slade isn't the most lovable character, it's clear he's a victim of circumstances and the person he hurts most is himself. I was desperate to take him home, clean him up and give him a good, home cooked meal. The mystery surrounding Eve consumes most of the book and I so wanted Slade to have a happy ending. The writing leads you up many a false trail; is Slade mad? Is everyone else mad? Who's involved and who isn't? Nothing is as it seems, and every time you think you've got a handle on what's happening, the carpet is whipped away and you find yourself flat on your back with your legs in the air; (a position of which Slade is particularly fond). As for the ending, don't worry, no spoilers here, but I have to say, "WTF"? JT Lawrence has managed to create the most satisfactory unsatisfactory ending! If that doesn't make sense, you'll just have to buy the book and see for yourself. Great narration by J. Austin Moran ll. This book was written for listening!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-23-17

... like a fly in amber

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There is perfect synchronicity of written text and narrator as J.Austin Moran becomes Slade, an author who has hit a writer's block and is being hounded by his agent and publishers to produce his already well overdue contracted book. He has spent the advance money and now is also getting into debt with, amongst everything else, his house repayments. And he still has no idea what to write.

This book is written in the first person, Slade's meandering reminiscences of his past life, hopes and ideas are counterbalanced by the very real present circumstances in which he finds himself, hiding away in his home from his creditors and the police as he then becomes the suspect in a murder. Beautifully written and peppered with numerous popular literary references, this book is a joy to savour as it is read. The protagonists are lightly drawn, but real, but the main character, Slade the writer, is here in complete three dimensional presence as we, the readers, live with him through his self obsessed descent as he battles unsuccessfully to refind his power to write. And, in the background, there is a murder to be solved. Perhaps this sounds depressing, but it's not. More exhilarating.

As previously mentioned, the narration of this excellent book is superb. The conversations are natural, the different voices distinct and J.Austin Moran is Slade in vocal nuances, and overall interpretation. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who will listen, enjoyable, with depth of character and a mystery. I am very grateful to the rights holder of The Memory of Water for freely gifting me a complimentary copy of this compelling book, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. I loved it.

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  • Iain Hart
  • 08-15-17

What a story

Absolutely brilliant, so many twists and turns this will stay with me for a while.

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  • Philippa C Farmer
  • 08-30-17

Wrong reader

Ok. I liked the story. The prose is good.
But.. and this is a huge BUT .. the reader is and older American and the lead character is a younger South African man. The worst part is there is S.African slang peppered through the story and he hopelessly mispronounces all of it! You'd think Audible would take care to at least prepare the reader on how to say the foreign words. Woeful. Do your homework, Audible.