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Summary

Alastair Cunningham wakes up in hospital with almost total amnesia. But he knows that something terrible happened in his past, something that haunts him still. A young family friend, Clemence, is called in to help rekindle his memory. Retreating with Alastair to his remote cottage, Clemence finds a peculiar manuscript hidden away from prying eyes. Reading the prologue, she discovers a murder by someone very much like a young Alastair. The victim? Clemence's grandmother, Sophie. Could this kindly old man truly be a killer? Clemence becomes determined to find out what happened all those years ago, even if she must risk everything to do so....

©2017 Michael Ridpath (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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I loved it!

I like the characters, the story was excellent and very well thought out with and interesting twist at the end.

There are a lot of people in this novel, so one has to keep one's eye on the ball, three generations and many friends - but it is skillfully written and I really couldn't put it down willingly.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • CW
  • Perth, Australia
  • 19-08-17

Great "who dunnit"

Listen to this book with a warm cuppa and a glowing fire. You won't want to stop. The dreamy voice of Sean Barrett makes any book he reads easy to listen to as he creates his characters. The story was simple but intriguing. Eager to hear my next Michael Ridpath.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Amnesia

Brilliant! Many plots and intrigue, beautifully narrated and a joy to listen to. I would highly recommend this fascinating book.

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  • R
  • 18-09-17

very clever

What did you like most about Amnesia?

its twists and turns

What does Seán Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

sometimes sean barretts voice seems irritating but after a while you come to love it and its quite addictive

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

couldnt wait to get to the next chapter

Any additional comments?

loved this extremely clever book. finished it wanting to read more by this author and sad i had come to the end

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Excellent. Brilliant author, superbly narrated.

Brilliantly written and superbly narrated. Had to find time to keep listening. Read it and enjoy!

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fantastic read, couldn't stop listening

what a great story, love the reader voice. would recommend this book and i liked the ending reference to the author and writing this book.

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  • 14-08-17

Brilliant

I really loved it very enjoyable and full of suspense and a good narrator extremely easy listening

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Yawn

I gave up on this one a few chapters in, It is so dreary, I cannot understand why the raving reviews, characters didn't hold any interest to me at all. Nothing happened and when it does or revealed it had in the past, I was past caring. One to forget.

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A really good read

Another great story told by a master..don’t try to guess the ending. Very glad I bought it.

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Superb Naration

Sean Barrett is undoubtedly the finest reader of Audio books (apart from pronouncing loch as lock, but only a Scot would notice!) The story line was unusual but gripping, and kept me guessing up to the end. It is a while since I listened to a Michael Ridpath book they never fail to be an excellent “read”

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  • White rose
  • 24-09-17

So far, not so good

What would have made Amnesia better?

Some indication from the start that it was more than just an old man's frankly boring reminiscences about being a teenager in France. I am thinking of giving up on this book. My thoughts as the story unfolded were, Oh no, not another 'old man' book!
I've just given up completely on The Restoration of Otto Laird.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'll probably re-listen to all of Mick Herron's Jackson Lamb series which are masterful, exciting, beautifully written from the very first word.

Which character – as performed by Seán Barrett – was your favorite?

I don't have a favourite and can't even remeber any names, apart from Clémence.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Amnesia?

As I've said above, all the stuff about Paris and Normandie which is so clichéd.

Any additional comments?

Sean Barrett is the jewel in Audible's crown so no blame goes to him.