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Audible narration by Steven Strait (The Expanse)

What’s more frightening: Not knowing who you are? Or finding out? A Bram Stoker Award-winning author explores the answer in a chilling story about identity and human consciousness.

Imagine you’ve woken up in an unfamiliar room with no memory of who you are, how you got there, or where you were before. All you have is the disconnected voice of an attentive caretaker. Dr. Kuhn is there to help you - physically, emotionally, and psychologically. She’ll help you remember everything. She’ll make sure you reclaim your lost identity. Now answer one question: Are you sure you want to?

Paul Tremblay’s The Last Conversation is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

©2019 Paul Tremblay (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Steven Strait’s dreamlike and at times mournful voice fully captures the protagonist’s disorientation, sadness, and increasingly desperate need for answers." --AudioFile magazine 

"…A sensational project...." --Spine Magazine

“This is exactly how I like my techno-anxiety.... Happy bingeing!” --Audible, an October Editors Pick

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-09-19

Narrator too confusing

While I enjoyed the story line, it was hard work keeping track of which character was speaking as the narrator's voice kept the same pitch throughout the story. Wish I could have read this one.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Rebekah
  • 2019-09-19

Unclear narration detracts from the story

The setup of the story is very interesting and could be done in an absolutely stunning way, I'm sure, but I had a hard time tracking who was saying what because of the narrator's nearly unvaried droning. It's sad to say 'didn't finish' on a story this short, but I just couldn't take the narration. In what is essentially a conversation, you've got to have some voice differentiation between the characters.

I'll be finishing the story, but not in audio.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 2020-06-24

Dark story of a man trying to recover his identity

A man wakes up in an unfamiliar, dark room, with no memory of who he is or how he got there.

There's a voice, his caretaker, Dr. Kuhn, who will help him remember who he is and recover his physical health.

He slowly gets stronger, the pain goes, his sight returns, and he is starting to recover his memories. Yet, something is wrong. Dr. Kuhn won't answer some questions, questions that seem perfectly reasonable and straightforward. He does learn there's been a pandemic, and a lot of people died.

How many? Where is he? And who is he, really? Is Dr. Kuhn friend or foe?

This story was, obviously, written before we were aware of the COVID-19 pandemic that would soon disrupt our lives, but those who didn't have their heads in the sand knew another global pandemic would come. The characters are well-depicted, and the picture of the world they're in is built up in small details revealed in their conversations. It's quite well done, and yet, it's a story I don't quite connect with. It doesn't work for me.

I bought this audiobook.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • ratzelster
  • 2020-05-24

It will give you the chills

This is a very suspenseful story. A cautionary tale of "what if". It was hard to listen to just as the Covid pandemic was starting, but still worth it.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Breezybealle
  • 2020-03-21

Snoozefest

This is quite literally one of the most boring stories I've heard in a long time. It just dragged on and on. And on.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Graham KUNISCH
  • 2020-03-07

Terrifying

This short story will leave you contemplating your own reality should the world leave you alone.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Henry Reimert
  • 2019-11-04

Disturbing and Creepy

Paul Trembley does unsettling and creepy very well. He does not let up with his addition to the Forward series. He captures a very disturbing possibility in the future of science.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Sunrise Books
  • 2019-10-19

Best of the Six

This was the most thought-provoking of the six books in the Forward collection. You can figure out what is going to happen but are still never really told why. And it will keep you thinking long after you finish reading.

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  • SootSprite
  • 2019-10-19

The story is familiar to me...

This story brought to mind the ending of a certain novel I recently finished; to name it would give away what is going on here. I was also reminded of a few episodes of The Twilight Zone. I had seen Tremblay's name, read many good reviews of his work, but this was my first dalliance with his writing, and this story IS very well written. I enjoyed the subtle eeriness of the narrator's voice too and was mesmerized even though I had a strong feeling of where the story was going. This was a very pleasurable rainy afternoon listen.

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  • Nikolas P. Robinson
  • 2021-04-14

Interesting Ethical Quandary

The Last Conversation is the third of the six short stories in the Forward Collection assembled by Blake Crouch I've listened to. It is also the first time I've experienced Paul Tremblay as a science fiction author, and the experience was an interesting one.
I'm sure he's written other stories or books that have crossed into the science fiction territory, or at least I'd be surprised if he hasn't, but I've only been familiar with him as a horror author and occasionally as a dark fantasy author. This brief tale showcases his talent for wearing a variety of hats with efficacy.
It's a solid second-person narrative detailing the awakening of the protagonist in isolation to protect him from a global pandemic, while the only other person--seemingly still alive--coaxes them through restoring memories and physical capabilities. The story was ultimately predictable, but no less satisfying for the very predictability of it. It wasn't about telling us a new tale so much as providing a platform for the discussion of morality, humanity, the devastating combination of solitude and grief, and the ethics involved in cloning. In that sense, Tremblay packs a big punch into a small number of words. He utilizes and capitalizes on the elements of science fiction that have always been used by authors, the capacity to frame thought experiments in a fictional narrative that makes the philosophical subject matter more palatable and digestible for the readers (and sometimes the author).
The narration, performed by Steven Strait, is superb. Strait captures the stubborn resistance of the protagonist to being held captive--even if it is for his own good--as well as the sadness and pity that mingles with that oppositional nature as the truth of everything is revealed in the end.