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Redemption

Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
Series: Memory Man Series, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

FBI Special Agent Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in the latest Memory Man thriller in David Baldacci’s number one New York Times best-selling series.

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he’s approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man’s name: Meryl Hawkins. He’s the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn’t changed: he maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago? 

As he starts digging into the old case, Decker finds a startling connection to a new crime that he may be able to prevent, if only he can put the pieces together quickly enough....

©2019 David Baldacci (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"A star performance by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy should push this audiobook to the top of every thriller fan’s must-hear list. As a result of being hit on the head, Amos Decker, portrayed by Brewer, can remember everything that ever happened to him, complete with emotions. Brewer owns Decker’s intensity. He gives the character great focus and a steely resolve to find out whether the late Meryl Hawkins, a man he convicted of murdering four people 13 years earlier, was truly guilty. Cassidy tackles every female character with precision and care. Her take on Mary Lancaster, Decker’s former partner, showcases her abilities with the pregnant pause and perfect pacing. Together they create a presentation second to none and provide supercharged entertainment." (AudioFile)  

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Building intrigue

Love the way the story zig and zags so that you can’t predict the outcome.

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A perfect thriller

Amos Decker remembers everything, 100% recall, the result of a condition known as hyperthymesia. But even he doesn’t recognise the man who approaches him while Decker is visiting his daughter’s grave. Decker had been responsible for putting Merryl Hawkins in prison for life for murdering four people but he has been released and he looks nothing like the man Decker investigated as a rookie homicide detective. Hawkins is dying, and he wants Decker and Decker’s former partner on the case, Mary Lancaster to clear his name. But even before Decker and Mary can talk to the man, Hawkins is murdered himself. While it seemed to be an open and shut case at the time, Decker wonders if there is some truth in Hawkins plea of innocence. And when Decker finds his own life being threatened, he realises that someone is afraid of what he will find if the case is re-opened. But without a single clue to follow, and no authority as a law enforcement officer in his hometown, he will have to draw on not only his wits and his memory, but the goodwill of former colleagues if he is to discover the truth. I loved the narration and the fast pace of the story that meant the miles flew by as I listened to it while driving. I had not read any of the previous Amos Decker books before and had wondered if I’d be lost, but that was not the case. Decker’s character and what brought him to this place were so skilfully inserted into the plot, I think even a Decker fan would not have found it repetitious, and a newcomer like I was, is satisfied. It is rare for me not find some flaw in a novel but this one deserves a full five stars. It is a brilliant thriller.

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Oh no ... last in the series

I just feel dread when you finish a great series having lived in the lives of the characters and now there’s nothing ... back to reality is like leaving a dream state with a slap in the face 😁

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Great

Great book the characters are fantastic and I was riveted to this and couldn't put it down. another masterpiece Amos Decker. what a guy More Please

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Redemption roars.

What a good read. full of intrigue and action. I highly recommend this book .

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another great rwad

slow start to this book however the plot thickened and it became difficult to put down

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I've missed Amos Decker

I waited so long for the next story in this series and I'm so sad it's over. I loved this book, the character building and the suspense of finding out the truth. The narration, as always, was sensational. I love the male and female narrators as it gives a lot more depth to the individual characters. Please don't let it be long before we hear from Amos again.

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  • Mark
  • 07-05-2020

Redemption is another great instalment in the Amos

Redemption is another great instalment in the Amos Decker series. Decker is visiting his family's graves in his old home town when a dying man, who Decker had convicted and put away for life at the start of his Detective career, approaches him claiming his innocence and asking Decker to clear his name. After consiering the mountain of comprehensive forensic evidence stacked against the guy Decker calls on him, only to find him murdered. As the investigation continues someone tries to kill him, the local Police try to warn him off and nothing is really quite right and no-one is really quite what they seem. A well rounded book full of mystery and intrigue from David Baldacci with great narration from Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy. A top tier effort and I look forward to the next in the series,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-2019

Production issues

Somehow the post production of this book is not as good as the others in the series. It just doesn't flow. There are weird pauses between words that keep pulling you out of the story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-2019

Brilliant

Another smashing hit in the series. Characters evolving and dive into the live of the protagonist is exceptionally well scripted.

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  • 28-04-2019

Lazy writing?

I used to love David Baldacci’s books - King and Maxwell, the Camel Club series, stand-alone books. But these latest ones seem rushed/not up to scratch. There’s too much dialogue being used to explain things. Too many allegedly intelligent characters stating the obvious or asking really dumb questions so that the reader gets told what’s going on. It’s not terrible, but nowhere near as good as his earlier stuff. Not sure I’d bother buying the next one (and I’ve read all of his books...)

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  • Brig
  • 01-08-2019

Better than the last one

I found the last Decker book a bit hard to listen to but this one seemed to flow better. Some real stereotypes (why this depersonalised trend in US novels to say "my family" like their names are forgotten). There is the cop who doesn't like Decker, then does, the corrupt senior policeman, and the complete disregard for the boss Decker should work for. It's a good listen in part owing to the the great 2 person narration and in part because it's just an easy ride. Please, tho, can the next Decker novel not be about his family, or his partners family or the dogs family... Let's just have a nice clean crime

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  • M Lang
  • 28-06-2019

it felt like Baldacci got stuck

There's a very good core story here, and great characters, but the telling seems to be somewhat off. There are whole scenes of tortured exposition both to get the story moving and finish it off. For example, Decker and his former partner decide to go over an old crime scene again, but the dialog is as if they're telling each a story rather than detailing a crime. It just feels weird. Baldacci has always been guilty of adding random lists of detail. It's as if he's googled "top 10 best wines" or "top 5 computer hacking methods", and then got a character to read them out to prove he's an expert. Usually his excellent pacing makes this forgivable, but this book would be much better if it were leaner and tighter. I did enjoy it, but it left me thinking that Baldacci got stuck and didn't know how to finish it whilst maintaining the pace.

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  • Christopher McHarg
  • 13-05-2019

Too similar to others

I think I am done with Amos now as the books are too similar. Also the female narrator has a very limited range of voices.

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  • lawrence
  • 01-05-2019

Brilliant!

Another classic from David Baldacci. I enjoyed every word. Thank you for this superbly crafted story. Can’t wait for the next installment.

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  • Sarah
  • 21-09-2019

Brilliant as always

Love this authors books, truely amazing story as always, can never put book down once start it

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  • Ian
  • 20-07-2019

Good story

Having listened to all the Amos Decker stories this didn’t disappoint. His character is developing and changing book by book, and I look forward to seeing where his journey ends up. The supporting characters are also well written

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  • Michael Stadler
  • 10-05-2019

Amos Decker at his best

Great plot and surprise. It is a very good listen and to pick up between listens

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-2019

Awful!

This has to be the worst Baldacci book I've ever listened to. All dialogue and no action !

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  • Miss S.
  • 27-04-2020

OK but a bit far fetched

To start with the story was woven really well, good characters and plot but towards the end it just became so far fetched it annoyed me.

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