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Publisher's 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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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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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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  • 07-16-21

Interesting but missing something

This story is intriguing but it never reaches the point where it is hard to put down. The protagonist is so passive, despite all that happens to her. Or perhaps that it is: things happen to her and she has no agency. Or does not use it. That may be a key character trait, but it does not make for a riveting read.

I enjoyed the City of Brass trilogy more than any series save Broken Earth, in no small part b/c of Soneela Nankani’s narration. But it is soporific in tone and pace, and the text does not help. Together the create a rather lifeless dull character.

I listened to the end b/c I wanted to know how it ends. And it is worth it because it was free. But I hope for more from both Morrow and Nankani next time.

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A story of love, loss, and hope

Such an intriguing concept beautifully written - a sad, yet wonderfully hopeful tale.

The audiobook, read by Soneela Nankani, really does this story justice.

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Wonderful

A very intelligent novella, deals with philosophical and ethical issues without being overbearing. I didn't love the romantic sub plot, otherwise would probably rate it higher.

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Excellent and interesting quick read

This book was better than I expected. The premise of extracting memories and making duplicates with those memories is intriguing. It is inventive. The main character, one of those MEMs, is engaging and dynamic. This book is full of surprises.

I love it and thought the narration excellent!

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Memory and selfhood

This is haunting and brief.

Some reviewers object to the romance, but I think in this case that relationship is an integral part of the plot. Still, if you have a low tolerance for sugar this may not be the book for you.

For meditations on what makes a memory, what makes identity, and what makes a person, do read!

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This is a great story concept that had me thinking all the way through it. The narrator does an excellent job of conveying the character's feelings.

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Keep an eye on this author

Well written and really unique. I read it once and then listened… Kind of a slow burn—just the way I like it!

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Great story, great performance

An interesting and thought-provoking concept expands into a new story about life, memory, and personhood. In addition to an intriguing storyline, the performance by the reader is one of the best I’ve ever heard.

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  • 08-08-22

Boring

I really struggled to push through and in the end did not finish. So flat and monotone throughout.

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Meh. Bad narration.

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  • 04-24-22

Unfortunately really boring

Such a cool concept, so wasted. Almost nothing happens in this book. The narration is so lackluster. The main character so whiny, I kept rolling my eyes. I struggled to finish it despite it being so short.

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  • 04-12-22

Wow! I loved that!

The combination of narrator Soneela Nankani whose voice still haunts me (in a wonderful way) and such a touching simple character-driven story….just really made this audible one of the most enjoyable I have had so far. I am an avid reader but I will remember both the audio and character « voice » as it reminds you of Ishiguro but is less depressing which makes it perfect for me! Thank you for such a gift.

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  • 12-22-21

I'll listen again and again to this book!

Reminiscent of 'Never Let Me Go', poignant, sensitive, beautiful. Well written, narrated-recommending for bookclub.