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Life Ever After

Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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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 Carla Grauls (P)2019 AO Media LLC

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More Please!

That was fantastic, the story was original and had me binging through the whole thing in one sitting. Will definitely be looking for more from the author.

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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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Wonderful, Thought Provoking Sci Fi

Loved this. I listened to it on a long drive by myself. I was utterly immersed in the characters and their progression. It was a bit short - but still, excellent.

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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.

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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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  • THE MARCUS GROUP
  • 06-07-20

Not my usual listen, but I want to be fair

As I stated in the heading, this work is not my typical listen. Because of that and coupled with my lack of interest (because it’s not an emotional escape title in action and adventure) I was challenged in rating it. I want to be fair. I didn’t want to rate the title poorly because it’s not my cup of tea, so-to-speak. So I’ve attempted to rate this title as I’d imagine someone who likes this genre. Yes, a bit of speculation on my part. I will say, this title is very thought provoking. The production OUTSTANDING. The acting, AMONG THE BEST, both primary actors! They were truly in sync. And the texture of Nana’s and Raúl‘s voices, exquisite. And the title ended on a sad note, for me, being an escapist listener. Oh, and the writing, phenomenal! Cheers!

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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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  • Barbara
  • 04-07-20

Erie and Oddly Addicting.

This Audible Original is along the lines of Black Mirror and Twilight Zone. It can make you wonder about the advantages and disadvantages of AI. Is it really good for us? Raul Castillo, Nana Mensah, and Piper Goodeve performed admirably.

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  • Brian Hardin
  • 11-07-20

Not for Me

Snarky dialogue that is supposed to be a romance. Nothing else. No real plot. No action. Weird sound effects. It wasn't really an audiobook; rather it was like listening to college sophomores in a quasi-relationship say things they think are profound with ambient sound effects..

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  • Reem Alsmaiel
  • 12-05-20

Interesting listen

Highly recommend! Very enjoyable and deep, made me wonder a lot about the human life and where it’s headed.

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  • Stories by Mike
  • 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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  • Traci
  • 10-07-20

Big suck!

This was the strangest "story" I've ever forced myself to finish. I love sci-fi, but this wasn't that. It was just weird, depressing and strange.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-20

interesting and thought provoking

I love history, old things, and nature. like the male character. yet, I love sci-fi/fantasy, the idea of the AI helping decision making, and living way longer. like the female character. but then .. just so interesting I don't want to spoil the story. Raises so many questions and what are my answers. great for a book club or discussions with friends.

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