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Great premise but poorly executed by the author. The main character's thoughts are so descriptively frantic (constantly), it keeps you feeling very anxious and you just want it to be over.
Normally, I would have given up halfway through but I was too curious to see how the author was going to wrap up and explain what she had started. The last part of the book was written much better... it had a small twist I wasn't expecting but it still did not give completely satisfactory answers.
The dialogue between characters was horrible. Names were over-used, almost as if the author did not think the reader would be able to keep up with who was being addressed. After a while, it got to be very annoying. The narrator's voice was pleasant enough but also ended up being very grating when it came to the male voices (especially Andy).
Overall, I felt I wasted a credit on this one.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I wanted to like this book SO much... I mean, what a cool plot idea: a woman who sees something strange online after Googling herself, which leads to family secrets. The problem was, it was boring. It was clear early on what this "family secret" was, and after listening to very (very) detailed and endless descriptions of this woman's many breakdowns, I just got bored with it. Clearly she wasn't mentally all there, and being inside this woman's head was just... well, annoying. There wasn't much action besides the protagonist gasping, freezing, choking, spinning with dizziness and collapsing over every single thing every single step of the way. I would never act that way. I just didn't like her, and couldn't relate to her. Also, the barely-there husband didn't help the shallowness of the story. Such a bummer, but I gave up after investing nearly 3 hours. I just didn't care to hear the rest it.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
The concept of the story is an interesting one. However there were a few 'holes' in it that were never really explained and the lead character was irritating to say the least. This being said I did need to keep listening which is unusual for me when I don't like a character. So all in all if you don't want examine the facts too closely and can deal a neurotic lead character its not a bad listen.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
People who don't mind long waits between the story's "action"?
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I found this book to be very long winded. The exciting elements of this story are few and far between and there's just too much 'dazed and confused' Caroline in between. The actual plot is very interesting and I want to know what happens in the end, but it's been pretty hard going listening to this story. Even my favourite narrator, Cassandra Campbell, couldn't help this sinking ship.
Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favourite?
Cassandra Campbell is such a great narrator but I don't think she had a lot to work with here. Maybe Caroline's mother on the tapes?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Memory Box?
All the scenes where Caroline forgot to do things that people asked her to do. That was very irritating. We get it, she's confused and can't focus. Not sure how many times you have to labour this point.
Any additional comments?
I don't recommend this novel. I can see from the other reviews that many others also didn't like this story.
Looked like it was going to be a real thriller but really fizzled out in the last few chapters. Ending felt like the author needed to end the story quickly but it just wasn't a good ending. quite disappointed.