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review 2018-01-12 13:14
Memory Warp: How the Myth of Repressed Memory Arose and Refuses to Die - Mark Pendergrast

Memory Warp: How the Myth of Repressed Memory Arose and Refuses to Die by Mark Pendergrast
This book contains adult situations, abuse and other disturbing topics.
What I really like about this book is the research and much references that are quoted about repressed memory.
Had read another book by this author and he goes above and beyond to back up his statements.
He also gives the very medical technical side of things but in easy to understand language. The other book I had read about Jerry Sandusky is also quoted in this book as it refers to the repressed memory.

Like learning about sleep paralysis, I've had these and now I know why.
Body and mind memories, good to learn about these and about PTSD and flashbacks.
Cult and Satanic insistences that are similar to the memory problems mentioned prior. Like link with hypnotic driving.
I got as far as the day care molestations and can't go any further. It's all so disturbing to me.
Gave this book a 5 because of all the intense research involved and the research on the memory warp diseases.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

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review 2017-12-27 06:40
Amos Decker has hyperthymesia finding killer who killed his family
Memory Man (Amos Decker series) - David Baldacci

Amos Decker is a character created by David Baldacci. It is pretty good as it give a bit of dimension to the usual detective story. 

 

Amos was a cop but after losing his family to murder, he has fallen. Now he is getting back to more regular life when a high shooter was at large. 

 

Overweight and not really making any real connection in real life, Amos is a strange person. A very large strange person living with hyperthymesia, a condition of the brain after a football incident that ended his sport career. 

 

The plot is a bit odd. A killer is targeting Amos without telling him why. This interest is being revealed by words written on dead bodies and crime scenes. What's up with that? 

 

There isn't much fighting, car chase or what we normally called actions in this book.  

The clues are given by the killer to get Amos involved and invested in the case. So why all the killing? And why now? 

 

The writing is pretty smooth, and I like the details on people seeing colors or how it feel to see with numbers. 

The best bits about the storytelling is that Amos, as a persona of reasonable person, could not blame just the killer for killing his family. After he investigated and knew more about who the killer is, he blamed those who created this killer in the first place. This is more align with my own thinking. That if the killer is born this way, it is a disease. If the killer is born a certain way and the cruelty inflicted upon them have changed the persons and made them diseased, those who have inflicted these cruelty are to blame too. 

 

Solid 4.5 read. 

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text 2017-12-24 15:15
Thanksgiving Day Tasks

 

Tasks for Thanksgiving Day: List of 5 things you’re grateful for –OR–

Post a picture of your thanksgiving feast; or your favourite turkey-day recipe.  –OR–

Be thankful for yourself and treat yourself to a new book and post a picture of it.

Bonus task:  share your most hilarious turkey-day memory.

 

  1. I am thankful for:
  2. My wonderful family
  3. Friends
  4. A wonderful home
  5. My dog
  6. My books

 

Bonus Task: My most hilarious turkey-day memory.

I remember this one Thanksgiving when I was a kid where my sister called and told my mom about cooking turkey´s in a brown paper bag.  My sister is always trying to get people to try recipes.  The problem is my mom isn´t the best cook.  She usually cooked everything the same way, rolled in flour, salt, and pepper and then fried on the stove top.  Things were usually a degree of burnt which we were used to and learned to like.  So my sister talked my mom into trying this bag thing which might have worked out better if my mom had the full written out recipe instead of just the bits my sister told her.  I remember when my mom took the turkey out and sat it on the table.  It was very dark and several sizes smaller than it was originally (like the Grinch´s heart).  My mom took a knife and tried to cut it and it sounded like she was sawing on plastic.  Then she pushed a little harder and the top layer broke and inside it was hallow.  You could see rib bones laying in a dark turkey cave that we were shedding light on.  It is funny now but at the time my brother and I were scared to make a sound.  My mom was devastated but we knew my dad was going to erupt and complain about the wasted money.  I can still see my little brothers face and I´m sure mine looked the same.  

 

So does this count as 2 points?

 

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review 2017-12-21 22:35
Writer's block.
The Memory of Water - JT Lawrence

I struggled to get into this book; at 20% it seemed like nothing was happening. Then, slowly, it picked up. I'd guess we weren't supposed to particularly like Slade Harris, but I find it hard to support a lead character that I don't like. He was the ultimate misogynist, using and dumping women on a whim. As an author, he felt he needed to behave this way to generate material for his novels, a likely story.

The best part of the book, for me, was the feel of Johannesburg and South Africa, the lurking danger and constant threat of crime. 
The sex scenes were a bit over the top, though to be fair, we were warned about that - my book was stickered with an 'adult material' warning. 
The audiobook I was listening to, narrated by J. Austin Moran II, was well read, if a touch slow. Mr Moran's voice was deep and gravelly and at first I thought it a strange voice for a narrator, but in fact it perfectly suited the self centred Slade Harris, who tells the story in the first person.

While I was considering abandoning the book at 20%, I went on to GoodReads to decide whether to continue and noticed many reviews praising the ending, so I kept going. Maybe those reviews led me to expect too much. I can't say more and spoil the book for others, but I wasn't as bowled over by the ending as many reviewers were.
Thankfully not all authors with writers block resort to planning their love interest's demise.

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text 2017-12-14 12:45
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Audiobooks of 2017!
Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt Godfrey
The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Between Two Fires - Christopher Buehlman
The Memory of Running - Recorded Books LLC,Ron McLarty,Ron McLarty
Nightmares and Geezenstacks - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Fredric Brown
You Will Know Me: A Novel - Megan Abbott,Lauren Fortgang
Behind Her Eyes: A Novel - Sarah Pinborough
The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel - Matthew Quick,Inc. Blackstone Audio, Inc.,Darwin Porter
Empire Falls - Richard Russo

 

This has been the year of the audiobook for me. I believe I've listened to more of them this year than ever before. And boy, this year brought two of my favorite authors to life through the power of voice. Let's get on with it, shall we? (Oh, and click the cover to see my original review!)

 

 Blackwater by Michael McDowell, narrated by Matt Godfrey

1. My number one audio of the year, (and indeed, of ALL time) is Blackwater. Written by the fabulous Michael McDowell and performed by Matt Godfrey, this epic tale spans generations of the Caskey family and their matriarch, who may or may not be altogether human. The star of this show is McDowell's writing-he brings his sharp wit and his knowledge of family dynamics to the table and then Matt Godfrey brings it all home. Blackwater clocks out at just over 30 hours of listening, and I was never, ever bored. 

 

Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt Godfrey 

 

 The Lesser Dead written and performed by Christopher Buehlman

2. Christopher Buehlman was unknown to me at the beginning of 2017. Now, in December, I count him among my favorite authors. I've read or listened to ALL of his novels since April, starting with Those Across the River and ending with The Lesser Dead. Mr. Buehlman narrates The Lesser Dead himself and in most cases, I don't think that's wise. In this case, he knocked it out of the park. I later learned that he performs at Renaissance Fairs, sometimes as a storyteller and sometimes as a professional insultor. Perhaps his experiences with performing has honed his voicing skills because this book was KILLER. After I finished listening, I "rewound" it, so to speak, and listened to the last chapter again. Oh my goodness, oh so killer!

 

The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman 

 

Born to Run written and narrated by The Boss

3. I'm not a big fan of Bruce Springsteen, but I'm a bigger fan since I listened to his memoir. I have always been a fan of his songwriting abilities and it seems that that skill transferred well to writing this book. I'm sure a true Springsteen fan would get even more out of this book than I did, but I sure did love listening to that husky voice relate how he got started, learned to dance, (to pick up women), and how he struggled to get and keep a band, not to mention a marriage, together.

 

Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen 

 

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman, narrated by Steve West

4. Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman, narrated by Steve West was totally and completely INSANE! Some truly scary scenes were depicted in this story and thanks to the vivid writing and expressive voicing, I can still picture them clearly in my head. 

 

Between Two Fires - Christopher Buehlman

 

 The Memory of Running, written and performed by Ron McClarty

5. The Memory of Running, written and narrated by Ron McClarty. I got turned on to Ron McClarty because he narrated Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Then, when I looked for additional performances by him I discovered The Memory of Running. From what I gather, it was originally available only as an audio book which Stephen King highly recommended. Eventually it became available in paper form as well. Anyway, Mr. McClarty used to play a recurring judge on Law & Order, but writing and narrating is most definitely his forte. I loved this weird tale of memories, acceptance and bicycling across the United States.

 

 The Memory of Running - Recorded Books LLC,Ron McLarty,Ron McLarty

 

 Nightmares and Geezenstacks by Fredric Brown, narrated by Matt Godfrey

6. A thoroughly entertaining collection of short stories, some of them super short, but all of them a lot of fun. For the most part, I prefer reading short stories rather than listening to them, but Matt Godfrey's talent made me change my mind about that. 

 

Nightmares and Geezenstacks - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Fredric Brown

 

 

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, narrated by Lauren Fortgang

7. Competitive teenage girls are just about the scariest monsters out there, and I know scary!

 

You Will Know Me: A Novel - Megan Abbott,Lauren Fortgang

 

 

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, narrated by cast

8. The book everyone was talking about at the beginning of the year! Usually, I avoid those like the plague. However, the audio was available at the library, so I decided to give it a go. I vividly remember listening to this while I was cleaning and then, for the last half hour or so, I just sat on the sofa, stunned. 

 

Behind Her Eyes: A Novel - Sarah Pinborough

 

 

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, narrated by Ray Porter

9. Audible was giving this one away for free, so what did I have to lose? I loved the movie, but as usual, the book was a little different. That said, I loved the book too! 

 

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel - Matthew Quick,Inc. Blackstone Audio, Inc.,Darwin Porter

 

 

Empire Falls by Richard Russo, performed by Ron McClarty

10. This book came to me highly recommended by a fellow reader. Even though a book about small town life with no evil children or haunted houses is really not my thing, Empire Falls MADE IT my thing. I've since listened to two more audiobooks of Richard Russo's work, (Everybody's Fool and Nobody's Fool), and I tracked down McClarty's Memory of Running, (see above.) Now, I just need to track down the HBO series of this FANTASTIC novel. 

 

Empire Falls - Richard Russo 

 

This year I've learned the following:

 

Ron McClarty and Matt Godfrey can both narrate the hell out of any story, and I will happily listen to them perform their grocery lists.

Authors sometimes CAN perform their own stories and do it better than anyone else.

 

I've finally accepted that audiobooks are an acceptable form of reading and I look forward to finding new narrators and discovering new worlds to listen to in 2018.

 

Thanks for reading if you've stayed this far! I hope you'll join me in enjoying audiobooks in 2018! 

 

 

 

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