Imagine a permanent record of every event of your life constantly running through your brain, making you both master of your past and the prisoner of your relentless memory. Jill Price's memory is so powerful and so detailed that she can remember what she had for breakfast on any given day, going back into the 1970s. She can recall every conversation she had, and the major news event of that day. Her recall is so accurate that she has repeatedly corrected encyclopedia entries - the printed record turned out to be wrong. Automatic and unstoppable, her memory has been the subject of exhaustive and ongoing scientific study and may well hold vital clues to the most mysterious questions about how memory works.
The Woman Who Can't Forget is the beautifully written and moving story of Jill's quest to come to terms with her singular and astonishing abilities, from the very first glimmers that her mind worked differently from others', to turbulent times coping with the flood of an ever-present past playing in her mind, to the breakthrough of finding the scientists who could diagnose her condition.
Offering fascinating insights into the many ways that both remembering and forgetting inform and shape our lives, this unique life story will forever change how readers consider their own recollections.
It's like a recap of the author's past via her great memory. The narration is extremely monotonous and slow. It's great that the author has this special ability of remembering everthing in such detail. But she just keeps going on an on about dates and her recollections. After about 2 hours of narration it gets very irritating and I almost felt like telling the author "ok...I get it...You have a great memory". I found the book very dissapointing.
and even tale of a woman with a super memory. Interesting when it remains on task.
Oddly repetitive and robotic narration
after about 3 hours of hearing dozens of repetitions of "scientist don't understand why my memory works like this", "my memory is different" and "my memory didn't make me good at school" I had to stop listening. This woman seems to have had her life crippled by her memory and I feel for her but her co-writer did nothing to weave it into a good book. The narration also seems to have some digitizing artifacts that make it flat and robotic.
- Marianna Hargrave
Interesting but not riveting
Had heard about this condition on a podcast, and thought would be fascinating. It was absolutely worth my time, and compelling condition, but wouldn’t recommend across the board.
There are some reviews that complain about how this book goes into too much detail about the writer's memory. I can't think of a way she can explain her memory without this kind of detail. Do remember, please, that this book is not meant to be an exiting thriller. It is meant to be a book about an unusual memory that science had not seen before. This lends itself to be a dry story if you don't find this kind of thing interesting in an intellectual way.