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Memory Man

Written by: David Baldacci
Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
Series: Amos Decker, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

MEMORY MAN

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.

©2015 David Baldacci (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"The successful pairing of the narrators, with both voices being equally engaging, ensures that the dual narration works.... Both McLarty and Cassidy demonstrate a natural talent for characterization and pacing, which make this investigative thriller especially engrossing." ( AudioFile)

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Just not

Well, the narration was OK. Don't really need many voices, and definitely didn't appreciate the 'sound effects'.

The story however, is one of the weakest and most ridiculous I've ever encountered.
Sorry - but just weak.

On the one hand, trying to play up superior memory in isolated examples of remembering a page in an article 12 years ago.
On the other hand, the predictable ex-jock, super smart, surrounded by idiots, heroic, wounded hero.
Such a cliché - really would have expected a more interesting anti-heroic hero to the tale.

Of course, the FBI is clueless.
Of course his partner is loyal but weak.
Of course the plot is too smart to a point of ridiculous (not to mention full of holes).
Of course there's a really happy optimistic ending,
And of course - 7/8th's of the book is wind up and detailed, and in the final 1/8th everything is solved at lightning pace. Extremely unbalanced.

In all honesty, cheap entertainment with little quality content.

Sorry.

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Great Story

I enjoyed the story but the editing distracted me. Voices changed even mid paragraph which bothered me. The female narration could have used a bit more emotion in places. Definitely worth the listen however.

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Poor sound

I have not finished this book. Its hard to stay focused because of the distraction of the poor sound quality. Love the overall story and this author but this version is the worst sound I have experienced. You can hear transitions. At times the sound is so bad the narrator does not even sound like the same person. Not just between chapters but paragraphs and sentences. I love the book but hate the distraction of the poor sound quality.

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Best audio book I have read!!!

I finished this book in 4 days. I could not turn it off. Captivating from first 5 minutes.

Just wow!!!!!

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Memory Man

Slow to start but once it gets going its riviting
Excellent story and well developed characters

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Riviting

I simply had a difficult time putting this book down, so listing to it on my walk made it easy to read in two days. Just when I thought I knew who it might be, David as he does so well, puts another spin on it. I can’t wait to read the other four in this series.

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Great book and performance

One of the better performances I’ve heard. I quite enjoyed this book. I will be listening to more David Baldacci.

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One of his better series

The typical male female crime drama that baldacci has written again and again. The Amos Decker character is unique and has greater character depth than some of the others and this is a simple enjoyable listen. #Audible1

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Travelling Read

Loved the story. Listen to while driving on short vacation. Characters were preformed well. Loved the mystery of trying to figure out who was guilty and why?

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Kind of Mediocre

Usually, I enjoy books by Baldacci. Not this one. It was so contrived and predictable that even McLarty couldn’t save it.

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  • katherine wolfe
  • 2016-04-21

Most annoying narration ever

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The bongo drums and wind chimes in first chapter did not bode well for this narration. I found it terribly annoying that the narrators (very good in their own right) kept switching...sometimes mid sentence. The female voice thrown into conversation was distracting. I felt like i was listening to a bad radio hour. Hard to pay attention to the story when the narration jumps all over the place.

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  • Maris
  • 2015-05-01

Not the usual production quality

The story was good, the narrators were talented, but the production quality was not up to the usual Audible standards. I have well over 500 books in my library, and this is the first time the listening quality was so poor.

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  • Karen
  • 2015-05-01

HORRENDOUS NARRATION

It's difficult to appraise this book because of the narration problems. Wish I had just read the hard copy. The narrator evidently is incapable of stopping the reading process and then starting back with the same voice. Very distracting. Also, the opening 20 minutes or so have background "music" which is more like noise that almost made me quit right then. I decided to continue listening when the sound effects stopped, vowing to myself that if they were a recurring theme throughout I would put this one down. Thankfully, they didn't. Who knows how I would have felt about this book had the narrator/audio-editor done a better job.

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  • Amazon Customer V
  • 2015-04-30

Good plot BAD edit and mixiing

If you could sum up Memory Man in three words, what would they be?

Fun Read Bad Listen (yep 4 words)

What did you like best about this story?

The plot, it was engaging and entertaining. I get the savant thing so believable.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I think (I hope) it is the mix and not totally the narrator but the editing is painfully obvious and distracting!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh out loud a time or two...it was fun.

Any additional comments?

Know that you are spending money on an audible book that is VERY difficult to listen to.

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  • Nay Naing
  • 2015-05-01

Terrible narration

The first hour or so the narrators voice keeps changing. I'm not talking about changing for different characters. It's changing voices mid sentence. The story was good until about last 15% of the book. It's like it was rushed to tie loose ends together.

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  • Adonna Thayer
  • 2015-05-01

Great Book - Weak Audio

What made the experience of listening to Memory Man the most enjoyable?

It was a great storyline

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

The voices of the Narrators were fine but the back forth as the narrator (Ron McLarty) was confusing.

Any additional comments?

It's definitely worth a listen but they should record the audio over.

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  • Wayne
  • 2015-11-19

Baldacci appears to be experimenting....

with a potential new series. Amos Decker is an ex-athlete who after a serious injury can no longer forget anything. He becomes a police detective. This book is okay but not exceptional. Baldacci is usually better. To become a blockbuster series Amos Decker books must improve.

There have been multiple complaints about the production, editing and sound quality of this audiobook. There were no such issues with the copy I listened to. McLaarty and Cassidy did the usual outstanding job of narration.

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  • Lisa A.
  • 2015-04-25

The worst narration EVER

I can't comment on the story, because I couldn't stand the narration. Why make Mary sound like she's speaking from a 1940's radio show? Just awful

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  • Barbara
  • 2015-09-12

Baldacci has abused my intelligence once too often

The reason why "Memory Man" gets more than one star is that hating it is so much fun. The entire premise of the book reminds me of a Thomas Harris novel, but is so absurd and clumsily constructed that even before I gave up there were many times when I was tempted to return the book. I plowed on. Finally, with only 1 hour and 34 minutes to the finish line I could not take any more. Get the book, read it yourself - a lot of people seem to think its great. As for me, "Memory Man" just might be the last Baldacci I ever read.

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  • hc
  • 2015-04-30

I cannot get past the first 4 minutes...

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I like Baldacci; I'm sure I would like this book too but I cannot continue listening beyond the first few minutes because of the ridiculous background....noise...it's not music, just noises really. I assume it's to make the opening scene seem more dramatic but it's terrible and it distracts from the story. Please re-release this book without the "music" track.

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