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The Memory Book

By: Rowan Coleman
Narrated by: Robert Blackwood, Clare Corbett, Anna Bentinck
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Summary

The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address... What would happen if your memory of these began to fade? When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. But how can she hold onto the past when her future is slipping through her fingers...?

©2014 Rowan Coleman (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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You really feel like you are there with Clair

This book takes you on a journey. Through an illness. It’s fascinating and informative and heartbreaking and uplifting. I loved it.

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Great story capturing the listener

Loved the characters and how they interact throughout the story with the diminishing Claire
Thoroughly enjoyable listen

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Beautiful book, thought provoking

This story let me into the main characters world, the sadness and the love that emerged following her diagnosis with Alzheimer's. A beautiful book with colourful characters

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Perfect!!

Absolutely perfect! Beautiful story, beautifully read. It has moments of humour and moments of intense sadness, and is extremely thought provoking. An excellent listen, I`ll look out for more by this author.

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Brilliant

Brilliant book story was fascinating and am now listening to it a second time. The narrator was great had a lovely voice that suited the story.

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Beautiful

Such a gorgeous book is hard to find. Gentle and sweet yet so very sad. It was a lovely ending though I didn't want it to end.
Narrated beautifully.
I loved it all.

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beautiful book

loved it... so much resonates in regards to my dad and our family.. beautiful book

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Moving, funny and emotional, a must read.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, Its all about family coping or not, with a family member having a degenerative illness. How different members of the family try to come to terms with it. Its an eye opening, emotional and sometimes funny read. The emotions expressed by the main character Claire can be difficult to listen to if you know someone who is faced with a similar illness. Losing treasured memories; forgetting faces and names of loved ones, forgetting where you were going 5 minutes after leaving the house and knowing your not likely to see your youngest child growup. Devastating, and at such a young age. Your independence is gone, the way people treat you and the relationship you had with your family changed beyond recognition. A box of tissue is required to get through this book.

What other book might you compare The Memory Book to, and why?

I haven't read anything similar to this rescently so can't think of another to compare it to.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't. There are 3 narrators speaking as family members.

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

Claire reveals the truth about her daughters birth father which results in her daughter disappearing for several weeks. Claire struggles to get her mother and husband to accept that something is wrong and to take her to look for her. In a moment of lucidity while her mothers back is turned Claire, still in her pj's grabs her mothers purse and leaves determined to get to the train station and go to her daughter's university. Unfortunately despite her efforts to concentrate on her destination not long after leaving she can't remember why she left the house, only that it has something vaguely to do with her daughter.

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Incredibly written, incredibly read!

What an amazing story!!!! I've got the book too and never found time to be able to sit and read so having it so beautifully read was fantastic!
The story is full of love, romance and sadness. It has been written in such a way that it makes it feel so real and can picture every single character.
The book shares such a true understanding of such an awful illness, from all angles- how the family cope and how Claire copes.
This book has got me laughing and sobbing. A must read (or listen)
I work with people who have dementia/Alzheimer’s inc early onset and their family's, this book has it spot on. Not enough people think about how the person with the illness is feeling and this book really shows that.

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So perfectly written &narrated. did1 sitting !!.

i hsve just listened in ome go!.have just this moment finished this work. I wanted to receive whist so moved. I listen to 3-4 books per wk & this is one of the most delicately, poignant& important books . it's like been inside her mind looking at the place none of us ever want too be..but need to know just incase. it is us one day . I listen harrowing brave stories each wk . this one i was a little scared of as I've been grieving 3-4yrs for folks to cancer so had done enough crying for just now lol. But this was moving & so personal & real that it wasn't that kind of grief. it was an understanding through patience. love and sheer togetherness that they would be leaving one another. it was very sad yes. I

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