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May 22, 2015 / Leslie

Journey Across Time with ‘The Memory Painter’

A Rapid Review

MemoryPainterThe Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack

Publisher: Blackstone Audio | April 2015
Format: Audio Download | 12 hours | Rating: 4½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate to Difficult

What if there was a drug that could help you remember past lives? What if the lives you remembered could lead you to your one true love? What if you learned that, for thousands of years, a deadly enemy had conspired to keep the two of you apart?

Bryan Pierce is a famous artist whose paintings are inspired by vivid dreams. These dreams are so real he feels he is re-experiencing other people’s lives. When Linz Jacobs, a neurogeneticist working on memory research, sees a painting of a terrifying, recurring nightmare she has experienced on display at Bryan’s art show, she knows she has to meet him. But their meeting triggers a new dream for Bryan—that of a researcher working on a drug to cure Alzheimer’s in the 1980s. In recurring dreams he learns that the research was abruptly shut down after an accident in the lab kills two of the team members.

In a richly woven, multi-leveled plot, relationships are revealed through Bryan’s dreams as we journey back in time thousands of years. If Bryan is remembering his past lives, and if souls stay together through time, then the knowledge he is acquiring through these dreams could put him and Linz in danger.

I enjoyed the blending of genres—history, science fiction, fantasy, and a little romance, and the way the complex plot unfolded in bits and pieces as we built towards a climactic ending. And I admit, I was fooled by one of the plot twists at the end.

Audio production:
Will Damron narrated with a steady pace and pleasant voice. The complex plot, numerous characters and relationships, plus movements back and forth in time requires extra focus from the listener. This is perfect to listen to while doing routine tasks. I listened while gardening, and was able to give my full attention to the narrative.

Audio Sample:

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Source: Review copy provided by the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
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  1. BermudaOnion / May 22 2015 9:24 am

    Since the plot is complex, I’d probably do better with this in print.


  2. Suko / May 22 2015 11:22 am

    This sounds complex but good.


  3. Mary / May 22 2015 1:57 pm

    This sounds good!


  4. irene / May 22 2015 4:46 pm

    sounds good.



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