by David Baldacci
Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy, Ron McLarty
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
Genres: Crime Fiction, Thriller
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Narration: 4.5 cups
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.
Annd I have a new series to follow on audio. Memory Man by David Baldacci is the first in the Amos Decker series and one I will continue. A murder mystery thriller that came to life on audio thanks to narrators Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. Memory Man not only had a compelling mystery but its hero made it even more interesting.
Five Caffeinated Reasons to Grab your earbuds and listen to Memory Man
- Amos Decker suffers from hyperthymesia a unique ability to remember everything he smells, sees, hears, and feels because of a football injury. It makes him one helluva detective but doesn’t allow this tormented soul to forget. Readers will love his Sherlockian methods and quirky mannerisms. The tale opens with Decker discovering his family violently murdered and then we fast forward a year later. He is no longer on the force and has lost everything. Frankly he is doing a damn fine job of emulating the walking dead. When a man confesses to the heinous crime, his family’s cold case begins to heat up and Decker might have found a reason to join the living.
- The mystery coupled with Decker’s own unique story is intense and filled with twists. I enjoyed the chase and watching Decker work with his former partner Mary Lancaster. Decker is also called in to assist with a mass school shooting at a local high school and he slowly begins to see a connection between the crimes. All I could do was hold on as we encounter twists, turns and startling revelations. It is well thought out and Baldacci kept it real as he tied the threads together.
- The characters even the secondary ones are fleshed out and unique from the suspects to the FBI agents. Each added to the story, creating a realism that I appreciated. Kudos to the author for his ability to flesh out the villain and dare I say allowed me to sympathize with them.
- Memory Man unfolded in such a way that I was riveted from the first chapter. The writing was evenly paced with a tight, believable plot that held my attention. The final chapters had me listening into the wee hours. Baldacci did a wonderful job of preparing this to be a series will still giving us closer to these crimes.
- The narrators did an excellent job of drawing the listener in and giving authentic voices to the characters. I loved the addition of a female narrator for Mary, even though most of the tale is Amos’s. I fully intend to continue the series on audio.
If you are looking for a well-spun crime mystery with an intriguing hero, look no further as Memory Man should be your next read/listen.