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Life Ever After

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Summary

Tech City: Society is obsessed with relentless progress and the possibility of eternal life. A woman and a man meet in waiting room, anticipating a procedure that will incorporate the latest science and technology into their minds and bodies, heightening their awareness and increasing their productivity. Years pass, their relationship deepens and fades, and they grow increasingly uncertain where the AI stops and where they begin. A romantic drama exploring the potentiality of transhumanism, Life Ever After is a rich listening experience that is at once naturalistic and poetic.

Playwright Carla Grauls was awarded a commission through the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, an initiative dedicated to developing innovative original plays driven by language and voice. As an Audible commissioned playwright, she received funding and creative support to develop Life Ever After.

Special thanks: Meroe Candy, story researcher; Dr. Gill Haddow based in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh; Tom Douglas, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Oxford.   

©2019 AO Media (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Brilliantly thought provoking look to the future

It was my first play I listened to. It was a little bit of an adjustment listening to a play instead of seeing and experiencing one, so it took a bit of getting used to.

Life Ever After takes the timelessness of a love story through the barrage of tech upgrades and future choices questioning what part is human and what part of us we still want to keep for ourselves in our evolving cities. In these times where we unquestioningly accept technical upgrades on our computers and adapt to our smart phones, Life Ever After gives me a pause for thought.

This play is an upgrade to a Phillip K Dick kind of thinking in a time when we are not so mindful of our changing world. We need more of this kind of literature.

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Lovely listen for a Sunday Morning!

This was a thought-provoking piece of work. Where do the boundaries lie between what it is to be human, and what it is to be "enhanced"? That, as well as the nature of relationships and what are the strings that bind us, are themes that are beautifully explored here. I enjoyed the lyricism of the writing, and the dialogue felt real to me. It also has to be said that the voice artists were really well-chosen. This was a terrific performance from both the main protagonists. The flow of time and technology will open its hands and tell all. Cambridge University has recently been gifted £150 million to investigate the ethics of artificial intelligence, and Elon Musk has commented that AI is more dangerous than Nuclear weapons. We live in interesting times. Open my heart and watch it ticking and you will find it resonating with Carla's vignette. Have a listen. It will be time very well spent.

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Disturbingly captivating

Is this where our world is heading.
Beautifully written every word is in the right place.
If it was a live play it would receive a long and well deserved standing ovation
Indelibly now in my memory as if it’s alway been there

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  • lois
  • 30-06-19

Black Mirror!!

This story can fit perfectly into Black Mirror.
Its a very sad and disturbing play; but i can see the transfer to this Netflix series.
Be careful what you wish for; you might get it

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  • Noel Simpson
  • 01-08-19

if i could give 10 stars i would.

loved it. the perspective of both characters, the way they transposed, it was very cool.

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  • Zvonimir Kotnik
  • 01-07-19

Ignorance is bliss

I liked how the characters evolved after each procedure. Sadly, these upgrades drove them apart...both changing by 180 degrees. Still not on the same page. She lives aware and he lives in bliss that he traded in for his soul.

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  • MLT
  • 22-07-19

I'm in love

This was such a fantastic story, the conversations just built everything up so well. I hope Audible keeps this up.

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  • katherine alhajj
  • 04-08-19

wonderful story and narrators are just great

this audio book is so great. I'm looking forward to more of this series or any other audio with these too narrator's

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-19

Great Book

Had my imagination going! I know this technology will be here some day.
Will I use it? I don't know.

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  • Isabella
  • 29-07-19

Intriguing, surprising, haunting, and moving

I really loved this audible original. At first I wasn't sure what to think of the tone of the performances or what was going on. But I stuck with it, and a few minutes in I was hooked and listened all the way through. It portrays a futuristic world that is creepy and totally believable, and makes you consider - what is it that truly makes us human?

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  • Andrea
  • 19-07-19

Definitivamente imagino un futuro así

Ultimamente he leído sobre avances tecnologícos de ADN, de conectar hilos al cerebro, definitivamente creo que llegaremos a ese mundo donde tengamos que actualizarnos, como las computadoras, por enfermedades...

Me encantaron las voces de los narradores, parecía una platica real, realmente real... ¿me entienden?

Es algo corto pero vale la pena :D

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-20

Brilliant and relatable audible story

I would definitely recommend this audible to friends and family.
This amazing audible is very captivating and refreshing.

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  • Chad
  • 19-01-20

Couldn't finish

"only from audible" works tend to be of a substantially lower quality than full novels, and this is a perfect case in point.
Despite it only being an hour and a half long, I only made it halfway through before I decided there was no reason to torture myself any longer.

This is meant to be a science fiction story that's a commentary on several aspects of modern culture, in an experimental, conversation-focused approach.

Or something.

It actually is an extremely awkward set of conversations between two people; a scuzzy, extremely insecure jerk, and an attractive but cruel woman that, for no clear reason, is attracted to the guy. The flow of the conversation is, I'm sure, meant to be poetic and momentous, but actually is stilted and unpleasant to listen to.