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The Memory of Water Audiobook

The Memory of Water

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Publisher's Summary

Slade Harris will do anything for a story, including murdering the woman he loves.

Slade doesn't think twice about jumping out of a plane or conducting disastrous love affairs to gather material for his work, but his self-indulgent life is catching up with him. Stumbling through his late 30s hopeless and a little drunk, Slade has a dazzling, dangerous idea which will change his life forever. It's going to be Slade's ultimate story...and all he's hoping for is to survive it.

©2011 Janita Lawrence (P)2017 Janita Lawrence

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    TerryHeth 03/08/2017
    TerryHeth 03/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome"

    Absolutely brilliant story. So many things happen & link together so well! My imagination was running riot with this book. Murder, mayhem, is this real, imagined?!
    Sex scenes but not on & on which is great to me.
    Narrator was great. Very smooth voice and it flowed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    niamh bonner 05/08/2017
    niamh bonner 05/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "what a memory"

    this is a very intriguing and enjoyable book. I really enjoyed the way the author played with the lead character. I couldnt decide if I liked him or not as a person which is always a good sign for me. The story moved along and horrible things happened but I couldn't wait to see what happened. great book and great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Miles 23/08/2017
    Norma Miles 23/08/2017
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    "... like a fly in amber"
    Do you have any additional comments?

    There is perfect synchronicity of written text and narrator as J.Austin Moran becomes Slade, an author who has hit a writer's block and is being hounded by his agent and publishers to produce his already well overdue contracted book. He has spent the advance money and now is also getting into debt with, amongst everything else, his house repayments. And he still has no idea what to write.

    This book is written in the first person, Slade's meandering reminiscences of his past life, hopes and ideas are counterbalanced by the very real present circumstances in which he finds himself, hiding away in his home from his creditors and the police as he then becomes the suspect in a murder. Beautifully written and peppered with numerous popular literary references, this book is a joy to savour as it is read. The protagonists are lightly drawn, but real, but the main character, Slade the writer, is here in complete three dimensional presence as we, the readers, live with him through his self obsessed descent as he battles unsuccessfully to refind his power to write. And, in the background, there is a murder to be solved. Perhaps this sounds depressing, but it's not. More exhilarating.

    As previously mentioned, the narration of this excellent book is superb. The conversations are natural, the different voices distinct and J.Austin Moran is Slade in vocal nuances, and overall interpretation. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who will listen, enjoyable, with depth of character and a mystery. I am very grateful to the rights holder of The Memory of Water for freely gifting me a complimentary copy of this compelling book, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander James Hawley (Hawley Reviews) 15/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "The reality of writers block"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to any prospective writer as it describes what it would feel like for a writer who gets writers block, although it did have some bad elements as well.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    In order to avoid spoilers I won't answer this question then.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    A narrator cannot help the way they deliver, it is just them.


    Any additional comments?

    Good to read an author from another country again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Iain Hart 15/08/2017
    Iain Hart 15/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "What a story"

    Absolutely brilliant, so many twists and turns this will stay with me for a while.

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  • Kimberly Smith
    Oklahoma City
    14/08/17
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    "Surprise!"
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    This book really took me by surprise. Although I was enjoying the book , I just knew I had figured out the twist from the beginning....WRONG! I was originally going to give it 4 stars but by the end it had earned the 5th! Good story, good narration, good book!

    I received a free review copy and left this review voluntarily.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • KirbyD
    02/08/17
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    "Ever thought about writing a book?"

    Get ready for a psychological thrill ride. Follow this author through an adventure, romance, and emotional healing. Or is it a complete break down? Maybe you get to decide.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    02/08/17
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    "Captivating"
    If you could sum up The Memory of Water in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, riveting, surprising


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Every chapter leaves you wanting more


    Which character – as performed by J. Austin Moran II – was your favorite?

    Slade


    Any additional comments?

    The Memory of Water has to be one of my favourites written by a local author. JT Lawrence has a special gift with words. She makes the reader feel part of the story and every character in the book appeals to you.

    Well done!
    I recommend this book to everyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    Brazil
    05/12/17
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    "Amazing!"

    The story is amazing! J.T. Lawrence’s work is impressive and addictive :) It was so hard for me to stop the audio... all the chase and trying to prove who the killer was exciting. It was really worth my time and attention! I love it!

    About the narration, it’s the first time I try an audiobook and it was great. This narrator’s voice has emotion and is so easy to understand!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Beaulac
    NEK Vermont
    20/08/17
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    "Intriguing, Suspenseful, Surprising, and Explicit"

    This book is not your average work or listen. My title of intriguing, suspenseful, surprising, and explicit only scratches the surface of the descriptors for this story-line. Like international cuisine, this work has a different flavor to it.

    The Memory of Water primes the listener with citations from playwrights’ and novelists’ works. Kafka is referred to, Hemingway and Somerset Maugham are quoted, Wilde is paraphrased there are also parallels of plot, character and setting and there is even the occasional critical analysis of such. An example of this is when Slade Harris (the anti-heroic lead character) referring to himself as the tragic protagonist of his own life uses Gatsby and Daisy to make the point. Slade is a hedonist who is self-absorbed, somewhat shady, decadent, and he carries around a ton of personal baggage beginning with a family tragedy which the author documents sublimely.

    The book has sort of a contemporary crime novel feel to it, yet it also has the classical international flair to it with the hints of the local language and references that helps place listener in South Africa (where the author hails from and, to my surprise, is female). As mentioned above, there are also the allusions to cultural classics. The plot is excellent, the characters well developed, the themes and writing are fairly tight. It’s one of those books I find difficult to succinctly review because there is so much involved that strikes me as out of the ordinary genre of works.

    Although this is the first time I have listened to a narration by J. Austin Moran, I think that a fine job was done. His inflection exemplified the ebbs and flows of the suspense throughout. In fact, I found myself looking for more of his works on Audible, but found nothing close to this genre to listen to. :)

    Finally, It must be said (and is displayed on the cover page) there is a good deal of explicit sex scattered throughout. I am not one to search that out, and can be turned off by it when used just for the sake of it. However, it worked in this book being just dark and exciting enough to fit (and dare I say enhance) the story-line. Just be forewarned if that is something you are not wanting to be experience. Aside from that, I would highly recommend this worl for someone that wants to spice up their reading.

    A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MANI
    05/08/17
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    "The Memory of Water"
    Any additional comments?

    Haunted by his past and with writer's block, novellist Slade Harris begins to plan a theoretical murder in order to get himself working again. But when the events of his outline start to play themselves out for real he's pitched into a plot that he can't control and where fiction and reality begin to blur.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nick Masters
    13/09/17
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    "What a mind f$%&. And I say that in the most compl"
    What did you love best about The Memory of Water?

    What a mind f$%&. And I say that in the most complimentary way I can.

    Damn, that was a ride and a half. An exceptionally well written journey through the mind of Slade Harris. Slade Harris, just that name alone seems to suggest that the owner of said name has no choice but to be some sort of sociopath or psychopath. The embodiment of that name didn’t disappoint. Slade’s mind is nothing short of interesting, and although it seems complex at times, it’s probably the simplistic rawness of its wants and needs that lead him down a road of depravity.

    As for the Audio version of the book. I certainly can’t complain about how it was portrayed.
    I did however battle with pronunciations of South African words (not even slang necessarily). Some words like; Tannie, Afrikaans, Ag, Windhoek, Siphiso, etc. irritated me at the start, but I eventually just accepted the incorrect articulation. Other things like R20k (instead of Twenty Thousand Rand) bugged me to no-end (it’s still English after all). Anyway, maybe it’s asking too much to get everything pronounced correctly, but if South African terminology/names/references are going to be used proudly through the book, perhaps more attention could have been afforded? Or perhaps that’s the expat talking in me 

    Anyway, thanks for taking more on this journey!
    It was thoroughly enjoyable.


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

    The possible endings and the questions they left the reader asking was brilliant


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler U.
    05/09/17
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    "A very good, if explicit, thriller"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    This was an excellent thriller with an engaging main character. The character development was deep enough that you start to care about Slade, but doesn't overwhelm the entire book. There is plenty of action and suspense to offset it. The narrator, too, did a great job bringing this book to life. All in all, I would highly recommend this if you like a good crime/suspense story and aren't put off by a fair amount of sex in it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kimstories
    Durban, South Africa
    31/08/17
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    "perfect voice for a thrilling tale"
    Where does The Memory of Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the best of them


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Slade, the anti-hero. He is conflicted and screwed up but very believable as a human. He is all of us but for a few decisions.


    Which character – as performed by J. Austin Moran II – was your favorite?

    Slade - Moran brings this complex character to life. It felt like Moran was telling us his own story, in the third person.


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

    [spoiler] I found Slade's confusion at Eve's death very moving in the audio version of the book after hardly noticing it in the written version. Kudos to Moran for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Moran has a wonderful voice that lulls you into a false sense of security, making the confusion and emotional violence of this book even more powerful. A winning combination. I even got to not mind his weird pronunciation of some South African words. Like forgiving Slade for his incredibly poor decisions, so I felt able to forgive Moran for some odd-sounding words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joni J Mielke
    21/08/17
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    "Well done!"

    Enjoyed the listen. Great story, loved the voice, a bit dodgy on South African words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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