Audio Review: Memory Man by David Baldacci

Posted July 28, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Review: Memory Man by David BaldacciMemory Man by David Baldacci
Series: Amos Decker #1
Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy, Ron McLarty
Published by Hachette Audio on April 17, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hours, 17 minutes
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads
four-half-stars

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.

 

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I opted to start this book without first reading the premise so I won’t summarize it here. It begins with one shocker and doesn’t really let up throughout the entire story.

 

There are several events that are seemingly unconnected but logically should have some relationship. Amos Decker, a man who has an unfailing memory, is assisting the investigation and all you can do as a reader is follow along and try to keep up. This was one of the few times where I failed to figure out the villain and the motivation.

 

Decker isn’t your conventional private investigator and his history is pretty rough. You may not like him but you’ll be fascinated with him. I’m definitely signing up for the next book in this series.

 

Two narrators were used to handle all characters, separated by gender. I’m normally used to transitions only for changes in point of view. Here the narrators switched whenever their characters had dialogue. Initially it was awkward as it seemed as if they recorded their roles separately. It took a bit to adjust but eventually I settled in. I also loved the dramatic emphasis using music from time to time. It made it feel like a live performance.

 

I really enjoyed this story, the mystery, suspense and Amos Decker. The audio performance, though different, enhanced my reading experience. This is a strong start to what promises to be a very good series.


 

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About David Baldacci

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David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published four novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

A lifelong Virginian, David received degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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