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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (511 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Price, Bart Davis Narrator: Celeste Ciulla Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781436133203
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Jill Price has the first diagnosed case of a memory condition called “hyperthymestic syndrome” — the continuous, automatic, autobiographical recall of every day of her life since she was fourteen. Give her any date from that year on, and she can almost instantly tell you what day of the week it was, what she did on that day, and any major world event or cultural happening that took place, as long as she heard about it that day. Her memories are like scenes from home movies, constantly playing in her head, backward and forward, through the years; not only does she make no effort to call her memories to mind, she cannot stop them.

The Woman Who Can’t Forget is the beautifully written and moving story of Jill’s quest to come to terms with her extraordinary memory, living with a condition that no one understood, including her, until the scientific team who studied her finally charted the extraordinary terrain of her abilities. Her fascinating journey speaks volumes about the delicate dance of remembering and forgetting in all of our lives and the many mysteries about how our memories shape us. As we learn of Jill’s struggles first to realize how unusual her memory is and then to contend, as she grows up, with the unique challenges of not being able to forget—remembering both the good times and the bad, the joyous and the devastating, in such vivid and insistent detail—the way her memory works is contrasted to a wealth of discoveries about the workings of normal human memory and normal human forgetting. Intriguing light is shed on the vital role of what’s called “motivated forgetting”; as well as theories about childhood amnesia, the loss of memory for the first two to three years of our lives; the emotional content of memories; and the way in which autobiographical memories are normally crafted into an ever-evolving and empowering life story. Would we want to remember so much more of our lives if we could? Which memories do our minds privilege over others? Do we truly relive the times we remember most vividly, feeling the emotions that coursed through us then? Why do we forget so much, and in what ways do the workings of memory tailor the reality of what’s actually happened to us in our lives? In The Woman Who Can’t Forget, Jill Price welcomes us into her remarkable life and takes us on a mind-opening voyage into what life would be like if we didn’t forget — a voyage after which no reader will think of the magical role of memory in our lives in the same way again.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anj | 2/14/2014

    " There's been a lot of criticism about Jill's writing and lack of detailed scientific descriptions. But Jill isn't a professional writer or a scientist. She is simply a woman writing a memoir. With that in mind...I found her story interesting. It got me thinking about my own memory--what I remember and how much I've forgotten. I just didn't realize how much our memories effect our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/30/2014

    " Very interesting story of a woman who literally cannot forget. I found all the info on memory and how it works fascinating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brooke | 1/14/2014

    " Not only does she have an exceptional memory, she also has some real hoarding issues. What I thought might be a revelatory tale was actually just pitiable and sad. Not recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 1/2/2014

    " have you ever thought about what a memory really is? how is it formed? how memories can change and revise themselves? a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 12/9/2013

    " Fascinating. The kind of book you read so you can explain it to friends at weddings. Well, that's what I just did, but I guess it would work for other occasions, as well...Seriously, it will make you consider the importance of the things we remember--and the things we forget--in making us who we are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 12/8/2013

    " Fascinating, but not interesting enough for me to finish the book. I would have liked the Reader's Digest version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/3/2013

    " I was so excited to read about this and I was content with the final outcome. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 bekah | 11/18/2013

    " I feel like a story that had the potential to be absolutely fascinating was not well dealt with. A bit egocentric...more the musings of a woman on random events in no particular order that a cohesive text. I was disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Turner | 11/16/2013

    " includes interesting observations on the role of memory in identity "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 11/14/2013

    " Zzzzz zzzz zzzzzzzz... an interesting phenomenon, but a snore of a book. I'd much rather read the scientific papers on Price than her own repetitive ramblings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 11/12/2013

    " What a strange thing is memory. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 11/3/2013

    " I was hoping for more science about how memory works. It was mildly interesting, but my pure stubborness is the only reason I finished the book. Jill's malady is probably very disturbing and debilitating to live with, but for the reader it sounds like a lot of self-pity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dee | 10/19/2013

    " Very interesting subject matter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jody | 11/15/2012

    " It's fascinating....for about 5 minutes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Barbee | 1/10/2012

    " Listened to on CD. I found this book fascinating, I just thought it was a tiny bit dry, but it is totally understandable why once you read it! I wish Jill a wonderful future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Lassonde | 8/24/2011

    " The idea of the book was interesting but I couldn't finish it. I found it repetitive when it came to her telling you the kinds of things she'd remember... and then it started getting into her life story which frankly i just didn't find all that interesting. Couldn't finish it as much as I tried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/15/2011

    " I was intrigued to read about Jill Price after coming across an article about her in Psychology Today. At first you think it would be amazing to remember every detail about your life but through Jill's narrative you understand what a blessing it is that memories dim and fade. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Seals | 6/2/2011

    " This was an interesting story. Some parts were rather redundant, but thought provoking, none the less. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Koz | 5/9/2011

    " This would be good as a news feature. It's just not entertaining enough for a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/5/2011

    " Started out well, but got less interesting at the 3/4 mark. Remarkable information about her memory.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 3/27/2011

    " It really irked me that ever page it seemed like, had to have a few sentences denoting how she remembered everything, and how it worked. It put me to sleep - literally - after the 24th page.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karima | 2/26/2011

    " I particularly enjoyed this as I love a true story and probably because I just watched a "house" episode on a woman with hypertheismic memory a few weeks ago. Lots of mixed reviews on this book but it was fascinating how her memory works and a very quick read (one afternoon). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 1/4/2011

    " have you ever thought about what a memory really is? how is it formed? how memories can change and revise themselves? a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/29/2010

    " I was so excited to read about this and I was content with the final outcome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 9/17/2010

    " Note: did not finish this audiobook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/3/2010

    " Very good book. Nothing Earth shattering but it is very interesting to learn how her memory works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 7/10/2010

    " The idea of the book was interesting but I couldn't finish it. I found it repetitive when it came to her telling you the kinds of things she'd remember... and then it started getting into her life story which frankly i just didn't find all that interesting. Couldn't finish it as much as I tried. "

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About the Author

Jill Price is an American woman, from Southern California, who has been diagnosed with hyperthymesia. She was the first person to receive such a diagnosis, and it was her case that inspired research into hyperthymesia.

About the Narrator

Celeste Ciulla is an accomplished actress and voice-over artist based in New York City. For her stage performances, she has received the 2010 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship and the Callaway Award. As an audiobook narrator, she earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of Great House by Nicole Krauss.