The Memory Painter

  • by Gwendolyn Womack
  • Narrated by Will Damron
  • 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two lovers who have traveled across time, a team of scientists at the cutting edge of memory research - a miracle drug that unlocks an ancient mystery....
Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. When Bryan wakes, he possesses extraordinary new skills - like the ability to speak obscure languages and an inexplicable genius for chess. All his life he has wondered if his dreams are recollections, if he is reexperiencing other people's lives.
Linz Jacobs is a brilliant neurogeneticist absorbed in decoding the genes that help the brain make memories until she is confronted with an exact rendering of a recurring nightmare at one of Bryan's shows. She tracks down the elusive artist, and their meeting triggers Bryan's most powerful dream yet: visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer's, died in a lab explosion decades ago.
As Bryan becomes obsessed with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the scientists' deaths, his dreams begin to reveal what happened at the lab as well as a deeper mystery that may lead all the way to ancient Egypt. Together Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried.
A taut thriller and a timeless love story spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history, The Memory Painter is a riveting debut novel unlike any you've ever listened to.

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Sniff-test violations...

*Spoiler Alert*

For the most part, the story carried me along, despite numerous historical, cultural, linguistic, and scientific sniff-test violations. However, my suspension of disbelief did not survive the revelation that the Great Pyramid is in fact a 12,000-year-old power plant. Seriously?
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- Alex Levine

Just too much to willingly suspend disbelief

If Dan Brown had written The Time Traveler's Wife and added random bits from Outlander and Back to the Future, I think the result would have been similar to The Memory Painter. While the basic idea of this novel was interesting, the recounting of the many past lives of Bryan and Linz and all the skills they inherit from living these lives quickly becomes tedious and just too much for the reader to willingly suspend disbelief. The past life chapters are full of historical tidbits and coincidence, but little plot or character development. I think The Memory Painter might make a better movie than book.
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- Bonny "Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.