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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5 4.60 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy, Ron McLarty Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amos Decker Series Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781478985587
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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 the 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch...by an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field. Examiner.com on The Forgotten
  • Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption. The narrative moves slowly, so the reader has a chance to solve the case along with Puller. It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies. The Washington Post on The Forgotten
  • Robie and Reel are complex characters, and anything they do is a pleasure to follow...Baldacci knows how to get readers to turn the pages, and he's in top form here. Associated Press on The Target
  • Brilliant use of language...vivid supporting characters and numerous sudden and unexpected plot twists...[Baldacci] doesn't let the action sag at any point...In [Chung-Cha], Mr. Baldacci has created one of his most memorable characters. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on The Target
  • Baldacci has been on a hot streak for the past few years, and The Target continues the trend. This isn't a garden-variety thriller or even a garden-variety Baldacci. It's among his most exhilarating books yet. Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Target
  • Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series. Associated Press on King and Maxwell
  • David Baldacci's latest thriller is not only highly relevant, it is also well timed. And the details seem so real that it's hard not to wonder if the author is an insider; the tone is that authentic. An absolute page-turner, King and Maxwell is Baldacci at the pinnacle of his game. BookReporter.com
  • Its pace is relentless, and Baldacci's reworking of his perennial theme - absolute power corrupts absolutely - gives the book a sense of urgency and cultural relevance that many thrillers lack. Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Hit
  • The best Baldacci novel in years...What makes The Hit live up to its title is the payoff at the novel's end. By then, Baldacci has planted an emotional hook that remains long after readers have turned the last page of the book. Associated Press on The Hit
  • Another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch...by an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field. Examiner.com on The Forgotten
  • Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption. The narrative moves slowly, so the reader has a chance to solve the case along with Puller. It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies. The Washington Post on The Forgotten
  • Brilliant use of language...vivid supporting characters and numerous sudden and unexpected plot twists...[Baldacci] doesn't let the action sag at any point...In [Chung-Cha], Mr. Baldacci has created one of his most memorable characters. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on The Target
  • Baldacci has been on a hot streak for the past few years, and The Target continues the trend. This isn't a garden-variety thriller or even a garden-variety Baldacci. It's among his most exhilarating books yet. Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Target
  • Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series. Associated Press on King and Maxwell
  • David Baldacci's latest thriller is not only highly relevant, it is also well timed. And the details seem so real that it's hard not to wonder if the author is an insider; the tone is that authentic. An absolute page-turner, King and Maxwell is Baldacci at the pinnacle of his game. BookReporter.com
  • Its pace is relentless, and Baldacci's reworking of his perennial theme - absolute power corrupts absolutely - gives the book a sense of urgency and cultural relevance that many thrillers lack. Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Hit
  • The best Baldacci novel in years...What makes The Hit live up to its title is the payoff at the novel's end. By then, Baldacci has planted an emotional hook that remains long after readers have turned the last page of the book. Associated Press on The Hit
  • Robie and Reel are complex characters, and anything they do is a pleasure to follow...Baldacci knows how to get readers to turn the pages, and he's in top form here. Associated Press on The Target
  • “It’s big, bold, and almost impossible to put down…Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up…I called this novel a master class on the bestseller because of its fast-moving narrative, the originality of its hero, and its irresistible plot….Highly entertaining.”

    Washington Post

  • “Baldacci has written another thriller that will have readers engaged from the first page…Amos Decker is an amazing character. Reading how Decker journeys from hitting rock bottom to finding ultimate redemption is nothing short of rewarding.”

    Associated Press

  • “Compelling…David Baldacci has definitely hit a home run with Memory Man."

    Crimespree magazine

  • “[A] strong first in a new thriller series…Baldacci supplies a multitude of clever touches as his wounded bear of a detective takes on a most ingenious enemy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ron McLarty…[has] a natural talent for characterization and pacing, which make this investigative thriller especially engrossing.”

    AudioFile

  • “Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy do a fine job bringing the characters to life with clear and engaging narration.…Recommended for all Baldacci fans and listeners who enjoy psychological mysteries and thrillers.”

  • “Ron McLarty…[does] a fine job bringing the characters to life with clear and engaging narration…Recommended for all Baldacci fans and listeners who enjoy psychological mysteries and thrillers.”

    Library Journal

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2015 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Mystery & Thriller Book Award nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan smith | 9/20/2016

    " David has done it again , No matter how many time I think, boy this one can't be as good as the last . But it is. Lot of action , not a dull moment. Keep up the hood work , can't wait for the next one . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 scott | 4/28/2016

    " absolutely recommend this book and can't wait to listen to the next Amos has become one of my favorite characters "

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About the Author
Author David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published three novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

About the Narrators

Orlagh Cassidy is an udiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.