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The Day of Forgetting

Narrated by: Matt Addis
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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Summary

A collective amnesia strikes the globe, deleting our memories for all the events and people that make us who we are. If our past weighs us down, does forgetting it free us? 

Set in the present, this high-concept thriller follows the intertwined fates of an intense war correspondent (Max) and an offbeat con artist (Chen), as they piece together their lives and save each other in the back alleys of Los Angeles. 

It is Max who follows a lead all the way to Antarctica, where he finds trouble, then horror, and finally the cause of the global catastrophe. Award-winning audiobook actor Matt Addis breathes fire into the two wildly different protagonists.

Editorial Reviews: An action-packed adventure loaded with humor. Max is an intense, intellectual reporter scoping out the most sought-after story to the ends of the earth. Chen is an Asian-American L.A. street kid, quick on his feet, and looking to exploit the situation.  

Their lives become inadvertently linked as the collective amnesia blankets their identities, forces them to change, and pulls them into a pact. A fast-paced romp for fans of Ludlum’s Bourne Identity, Michael Crichton, Ken Follett, Tom Clancy, particularly those who enjoy some serious humor to spice up the suspense.  

©2020 Nel Stephenson (P)2020 Nel Stephenson

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“There’s nothing like a gun to remind you of your manners”

I didn’t know what to expect when I started this and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!
A great story with plenty of intrigue and really likeable characters.
I like how it’s almost 2 separate stories in 1 and told from the 2 people’s view!
Great narration from Matt as always with some great character voices and accents.
Thoroughly enjoyed and hope there’s more to come!
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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Next time we lose our future

Two men, Chen, a petty criminal, and Max, a war correspondent, suddenly realise that they did not know what was happening around them, who or where they were, why they were there, or even their own names. They were not alone. Everyone worldwide had suffered an autobiographical amnesia almost simultaneously. But how had it happened? Would everyone's.memory return as suddenly as it had vanished or would this event happen again? Life must go on even if the past is missing and Max thought he saw a pattern, his editor saw a story and he was Sent to investigate.

Told in the first person from the perspective of the two main protagonists, this is an unexpectedly gentle story (despite the dead bodies and perpetrated cruelties), one of hope and redemption. It is also a warning. The characterisation is good, both men suffering very human faults, and equally, human kindness. An easy book to read, it is also suspenseful and intriguing. Read by Mark Addis, the audio book enjoys good individual voicings for each character, adding to their three dimensional solidity, and all of the text is well nuanced, with good pacing and excellent intonation. A very fine lerformance.

The Day of Forgetting is my first novel by this author but will certainly not be my last. I was very fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of the book, at my request, by the rights holder. Thank you so much. A very enjoyable alternative pandemic story and highly recommended to all S.F., disaster and thriller readers.

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  • Amy Wollenhaupt
  • 08-09-20

Not what I expected

The whole premise of the Day of Forgetting became almost irrelevant. This is th he story of two men, neither of which became a reason to like this book. Except for saving Max, Chen was not needed. He slowed down the story, and made it almost unbearable. I only finished the book because I wanted to see if and how the characters were drawn together. It wasn't worth it.

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  • Shanna Tidwell
  • 06-09-20

Very good

This was a great story. I liked how it ended, how the characters came together. Very interesting concept and it definitely held my attention the entire time I was listening to it!
Matt Addis did an excellent job with narration.
I will be looking for more by this author and this narrator.
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  • chaoticangel38
  • 14-07-20

World event, excitement!

This book was interesting, leaving you with questions of "what if"? The characters were real, believable and I found myself rooting for them to thrive and do the right thing. This story line centers around a world event that is a total population amnesia. No one remembers their lives before this event happens. While everyone is trying to piece together who they are, a journalist, Max, is trying to figure out what happened. He takes a trip to the supposed epicenter (Antarctica) and the intrigue begins. I was absolutely hooked. Although I would have like to find out what was in the "envelope", I know why this was not possible for the main characters mental health. Kudos to the narrator, the voices were easily distinguishable and he did a great job! Thumbs up for this "on the edge of your seat" kind of book.
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  • MWB
  • 08-07-20

Fast, Fun, and Hard to turn off

This story was a great, fast-paced escape about a sudden onset of unexplained amnesia. It was original, intelligent, and funny - right up until it was suspenseful and frightening - and then I really couldn't stop listening. I also appreciated the ending. Great performance by the narrator. Try it - you will be glad you did.

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  • Ric Sternberg
  • 23-06-20

Complex characters in compelling, fast paced story

I loved it! It was thrilling, with fascinating details & a nail biting adventure. Although completely different from one another, the main characters were surprisingly sympathetic.

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  • Lawrence
  • 23-06-20

Fantastic premise and great narrator

Loved the combination of high drama and humor.
The scenes in Antartica were compelling and expansive, and highly entertaining.

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  • Leila
  • 18-06-20

A Perfect Thriller for This Pandamic

A psychological thriller about an amnesia pandemic. A balanced mix of drama, humor and suspense. Two gripping and opposite characters, Chen and Max, in the search and the rediscovery of themselves during the pandemic. A fascinating and a fast-read story true to our time.

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  • Dino Lencioni
  • 16-06-20

Such a cool book.

A brilliant, well-paced thriller with cinematic characters that's hard to put down. Skillfully written with rich details and a deeply insightful plot. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-20

Cinematic, pandemic thrill ride!

An up-to-the-minute storyline were everything feels heightened and accelerated, including the speed with which fact overtakes fiction, and a truth can mutate into a lie. I did not want to put it down! Narrator, Mr. Matt Addis will have you captivated with his impeccable characterizations and flawless delivery; a sequestering you won’t want to end. This cinematic, fast-paced journey into the parallel stories that transform the two Maxs’ after a global pandemic is smart, fun and timely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-20

Fast paced thriller - gripping storyline

Very entertaining and relevant at this moment in time. Matt Addis made the two characters real! Loved his narration.