Memory Man

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With more than 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.
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 more than 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 final tick.

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Most Helpful

Another great Baldacci novel

What did you love best about Memory Man?

The story


What other book might you compare Memory Man to and why?

All Baldacci books


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

Anyone but Ron McLarty. His stop go method of talking was really irritating.


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- Janet&Greg

Decent book, bad narration

Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty?

I like Baldacci, but I'll stick with print. McLarty sounds half-drunk throughout, and there are poorly-spliced edits where he sounds completely different. And lest one think he did the whole narration himself, rest assured that Orlagh Cassidy is along for the ride, as usual for a Baldacci novel. I hate the disjointed nature of the dual narration. It sucks. I will stay away from the author until the narration changes.


Would you recommend Memory Man to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, I would tell them to read the paper version. Narration is bad. Plot is somewhat interesting, but it's poorly constructed.


How could the performance have been better?

Use one narrator, and let McLarty ride off into the sunset. He sounds terrible. Cassidy is no real help. We're listening to a book, and I'm pretty sure we're all smart enough to know which lines are coming from a person of the opposite gender. It is very disjointed and jarring, since you can tell they weren't in the same recording studio.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. It's an OK story, but too many details just seem to happen when they're conveniently needed to fill in the plot. If the main character never forgets anything, then how is it that it takes him 75% of the book to remember who the villain is?


Any additional comments?

Stick with paper. Used. Or at a library. Baldacci took an interesting plot concept and then just mailed it in so that he (or his ghost writer) could start yet another series.

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- Varshal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio