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The Memory Chamber

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

The perfect afterlife or a never-ending nightmare?

Isobel has it all: a steady relationship, the immaculate home and her dream job. Life, and even death, is completely under her control. For Isobel's generation death no longer means oblivion, thanks to firms like her employer, Oakley Associates. Isobel is their top Heaven Architect, crafting perfect afterlives for her clients: artificial paradises of the mind built from the memories they treasure most.

Then Isobel meets handsome client Jarek. Her disciplined life gives way to something passionate and extreme, and Isobel jeopardises everything to embark on an affair with a terminally ill - and married - man. When Jarek posthumously becomes the prime suspect in a murder that took place just before his death, Isobel is forced to prove his innocence.

Jarek's afterlife faces termination if the real culprit cannot be found. But as Isobel stumbles upon the darker side of the work she so passionately believes in, she can trust no-one with what she finds.

Set in the near future, this thrilling and original story vaults the listener into a world that is terrifyingly close to our own, where we can avoid everything we fear - even death itself. But can we ever escape the truth?

©2017 Holly Cave (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Interesting but drags on a bit

This is a original story which attracted me to buy it and although I thought it was well worth the listen at times I felt it dragged on. The leading character also irritated me rather than endearing me to her in this book

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Amazing concept and intriguing ‘til the end

I loved this book as it touched on many different areas. A near-future setting, with hints of science and within-our-grasp possibilities, with a woven tale of emotion, discovery and questions regarding the moral implications of creating an afterlife before you die.

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Introspective with surprising emotional weight.

If you could sum up The Memory Chamber in three words, what would they be?

Thoughtful, well observed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory Chamber?

Imagine being trapped in a collapsing heaven.

Which character – as performed by Imogen Church – was your favourite?

Daniel

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

Yes, but I don't want to give too much away. The end of act 1.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant narration. A tad slow in the middle, but well worth the payoff. Plays with intriguing ethical and even political ideas, but is primarily driven by emotions. The concept had me concerned that the book would muck around too much with temporal shifts and 'but what's really real' questions, like a bad time travel book, but it does not.

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Mainly good, sufficiently confusing

This book seemed to swap genres a bit, which, I suppose, is good. I sort of expected less of the crime and the romance and more of the conceptual near future sci fi, but hey. It was still a good read, and a good performance. Enjoyable. Hard to predict, although not necessarily for the expected reasons.

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  • sarah
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 27-01-19

I agree that it is a very interesting premise but.

Female character a bit overacted and precious - a drama queen who is hard to really care about... otherwise a very very good story premise but could really have been so much better....

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Gripping

Brilliant narrator, fantastic variation of voices. Very gripping, interesting story, would love to see a film adaptation of this. very descriptive story telling that drags you into the world of the story.

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Struggled to get into it

The whole main relationship just didn't seem plausible and I found it jumped about a little to make it believable. There was also a Dan and a Don who were both significant which made a few scenes confusing... Perhaps more signifying I was struggling to pay attention. The end was well done but a whole chunk of the middle seemed never ending

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untapped potential

I enjoyed the premise but struggled to relate to the main character. she's a genius, possibly the best at what she does in a lucrative profession yet makes endless mistakes for a man she doesn't know well enough. This romance felt forced and unjust yet the whole story is based around it.
I did finish it and enjoyed the later half. the writing and performance was good. Easy listening.

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surprisingly enjoyable

This was a 'daily deal" purchase. And I had no intention of having it be my main focus, more of a filler if and when my other books required a small break. I am glad to say that it didnt turn out that way. This is well performed throughout and the story is beautifully engaging. Its not the longest book ever but its definitely worth a read

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Not Bad but not what im used to...

it was a bit drawn out and also the actual storyline was different but i actually liked it

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  • Kenn Brody
  • 13-05-18

Too much emotional detail

This ought to be a simple plot, But the protagonist is lost in a muddle of irrelevant detail and “feelings”. It makes the story tedious.

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