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Summary

MEM is a rare novel, a small book carrying very big ideas, the kind of story that stays with you long after you've finished listening to it. Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete. 

The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source-zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept. And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault. What happens next is a gorgeously rendered, heart-breaking novel in the vein of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.

Debut novelist Bethany Morrow has created an allegory for our own time, exploring profound questions of ownership and how they relate to identity, memory, and history, all in the shadows of Montreal's now forgotten slave trade.

©2018 Bethany C. Morrow (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Catherine
  • 28-11-20

Pleasantly Surprised

A slower, almost peaceful reading--I like slow, but I felt the character deserved a wider range of emotions. Still, this is the best "clone" type story I've read and liked the twist of why there are clones of people. The ending was fulfilling without feeling too perfect.

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  • Darren Fleischer
  • 04-01-19

Some may like this

I like sci fi, and the premise sounds intriguing. I’m just not too much into romance in my sci fi novels, so I gave it 3 stars. Others may give it 5 if they like that kind of stuff.

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  • Becca
  • 01-02-21

Great Story. One note on the Narrator...

Great story. One note, you can hear the narrator swallow at the end of some sentences. Just a heads up.

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  • Nomada
  • 03-01-21

Entertaining and nice niche

I am not too much of a fiction reader. It is the first novel I read in a while. I think the futuristic aspect of it pulled me in. I think it is well written. It's interesting enough to entertain and question. I don't know how to compare to the same genre.

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  • Shana Lincoln
  • 18-11-20

surprising and wonderful

A really interesting take on how the traumatic events in our lives shape us into complete people

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  • Onika Popo-James
  • 21-10-20

So full!

It is amazing how much story is pressed into this small amount of time. I enjoyed listening to the amount of life that was conveyed, was amazing.great listen! Excellent narrator !

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  • Paul B
  • 13-06-19

Beautiful Portrait, Punchless Story

Beautifully crafted and performed but the overall story lacked punch and true mystery. If you like wonderful prose that is well crafted or character sketches over plot driven stories than you will love this. If you are all about plot and mystery than you maybe disappointed. The audible performance was great. Listening to it will always a good memory if not an epiphany.

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  • LionNess
  • 16-10-18

Terrible Performance; could not get into the story

The Performer's cadence and style made this a very difficult book to get through, even when speeding up. I had to listen to this for a book club and these are 5 hours of my life I can never get back. She tries to read the story in a "sensual" way that doesn't make sense for a very serious story about race! Skip this and get the kindle or paper version.

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