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The Forgetting Audiobook

The Forgetting

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Publisher's Summary

In a society that loses its collective memory, one girl remembers everything.

The beloved author of Rook, Sharon Cameron, takes listeners by storm with her brilliant foray into science fiction.

Seventeen-year-old Nadia lives in Canaan, a quiet city in an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls that are constructed of a material no one in her town recognizes. Every 12 years the people of Canaan undergo a collective Forgetting; in the days before, the town devolves into a chaos of bloody violence, and afterward the people are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, their lives.

Nadia has never forgotten, however. As the next Forgetting approaches, Nadia is determined to find out what causes it and whether there is any way to stop it. With the help of Gray, the glassblower's handsome son, she discovers that there is a devious plot afoot, one that keeps the people of Canaan permanently subdued. Will Nadia be able to solve the mystery before the people forget the truth? And before Gray forgets her?

A remarkable story of memory and loss, love and indomitable courage.

©2016 Sharon Cameron (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.

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  • L Swanson
    TX
    26/10/16
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    "Beautiful Singular Story"

    A self contained masterpiece both in writing and narrative. Unique and haunting. Sci fi , fantasy, and romance well blended into the newest idea I've read in a long time.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • D. A. Nelson
    25/12/16
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    "The narrator kills it (not in a good way)"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the premise and first chapter and a half interesting, but finally couldn't take the whiney stage whisper the narrator chose to use for the main character. I had my doubts from the audio sample, but I'll be getting my credit refunded for this book and reading it the old-fashioned way instead.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Maria H.
    24/09/16
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    "a wonderful listen"

    the narrator did a wonderful job with differentiating between characters, putting emotion and growth into the main character, and making the story feel complete. the story itself is not what I expected. Sharon Cameron has done it again. Her ability to manipulate and mingle the setting of the book with the world we know and making something fantastic and unexpected is amazing. A step further this time, compared to Rook, and I enjoyed it all. trying to figure things out as the characters themselves were added to the surprise. I can't wait for more from Ms. Cameron.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lacy Jae
    Cremona, AB
    30/12/16
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    "Unusual World Concept"
    What about Thérèse Plummer’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was very emotional, and fit the scenes and emotions she was reading perfectly. I found myself thinking more than once that it was a very good voice actor choice.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a surprise hit for me. The summary sounded interesting enough to purchase on a sale, and I'm very glad I did. It's a very interesting concept, that everyone unwillingly loses everything about who they are except what they've written in their books. I fell right in with the characters and their emotions and driving ideas. Loved it!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Buttercup Thelen
    12/11/16
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    "Worth the listen"

    This was definitely worth listening too! A little slow at first, but if you can stick with it, the end is very exciting. Great standalone. Narrator is a delight.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica S. Richards
    12/11/16
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    "Meh"

    It was a fairly decent story, but it's a lot like Dark Eden or Maze Runner. The thing that annoyed me most was the narrator. It sounded like she whispered the first half of the book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jeanne S. Breard
    TN
    02/05/17
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    "It took some getting use to the narration style.
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    I loved the book but the style of the narrator was distracting at first. But once the story pulled me in, it became a non-issue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Allison King
    02/05/17
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    "Not your typical dystopia"

    I have read a lot of teen dystopian books, and this one was such a refreshing change. I LOVED the story. The romance was a little cheesy but I expect that from a teen book. The suspense of having to figure things out as the character did made the story even better. This was so creative, the concept was awesome. Only con was the narrator. Didn't love the stage whisper, but the story is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monique Cox
    24/04/17
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    "great story, terrible narrator"

    great story, this author is amazing. the narrator was doing the absolute MOST and not in a good way. if you can tolerate her the book is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stacy L. Schapiro
    Washington, D.C.
    02/03/17
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    "Better Than You Think It Will Be"
    Where does The Forgetting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%. I rank audiobooks based on how much I look forward to listening and how often I think of the book when I'm not listening. This is based on my emotional investment in the story and The Forgetting, despite its flaws allows for a deep emotional investment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgetting?

    When Nadia is faced with an impossible decision and must navigate her way through a great hardship. Does she force Grey to forget in order to save him from pain? This was a microchasm of the main theme of the novel. For one moment Nadia was faced with the same decision Janice must have encountered early on in Canaan's history. Is Forgetting a gift or a curse? Who should have the right to decide? When Nadia must decide to end Grey's physical pain by forcibly making him forget, buying her and him a temporary respite from Janice's inquisition, it is she that has brought Grey's worst fear to life, not Janice.


    What about Thérèse Plummer’s performance did you like?

    She was able to capture the emotional core of the protagonist. Though a bit overly dramatic at times, Plummer's narrative style was very well suited to the tone of the novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Nadia allowed Grey to remove her book from her waist before they leaped into the water from the cliff above.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the companion novel The Knowing to come out later this year!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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