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The Forever Sleep

Narrated by: Jason Sprenger
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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A century ago, the World Government sold it as "Peace on Earth." All they did was convince the citizens of the world to download their minds into the Internet, leaving their bodies floating in stasis tanks. Now Sergeant First Class (Ret.) Scott Douglas was free to read a book in peace, without having to listen to the hippies and their endless whining. His only job was to walk through the stasis tanks once a day and check for problems. Then the Internet went down. Without it regulating their brains, humanity would be dead in a matter of days. It was up to Scott to save the hippies, even if all they did was complain.

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For a machine, Brittany sure can drink.

In a very brief introduction, the author tells that this is the first story he ever finished. As such, it is a very nice piece of imaginative science fiction, full of fun as well as a warning for the future. Told in the first person as a series of diary entries written in 2234 to an unknown reader, Scott G.Douglas, one of the few men left after humanity mostly elected to live in virtual reality, recounts what happened when the Net went down.
Deep voiced Jason Sprenger has the perfect vocal resonance to portray Scott, and his slow bubbling warmth aids both the character's development and the overall humour. Clearly enunciated text and with good intonation throughout, Sprenger also gives individual voices to the other protagonists and is especially good as Shelby, Scott's metallic bodied shrink. A nice turning page sound effect between each chapter.

A very enjoyable, if short, listen. I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of The Forever Sleep, at my request via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. Four stars instead of five only because the ending should either have been more developed or, conversely, finished with the entry dated July 4th, 2234. Suspenseful: leave the reader wanting more. A recommended quick listen, and I have already ordered the next of this author's stories, briefly trailed at the end, To Russia, with Zombies.

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A different take on one of my favourite genres

I love books that incorporate the virtual world, particularly stories about individuals getting 'trapped' intentionally or unintentionally within virtual environments. This book is in that genre, but is nothing like I have listened to before.

Short sci-fi story with excellent character development, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys similar tales.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Yuri
  • 10-02-19

Short and on point

I truly appreciated this brief listen. It paints a very peculiar look into the future. The book is read as a journal of some sort and teaches us not to listen to the world government. It's a very good point, but do we really have a choice?

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  • Teresa
  • 07-12-18

This Was Probably Unlike Anything Ive Heard Before

The Forever Sleep was a short story in a 'dear reader' format which was interesting. The sound of a pencil writing in between chapters threw me off at first however the book did begin to grow on me. It was rich on the weird side though. I thought it was pretty awesome that his second wife who was a robot could not only drink him under the table but also played poker. That was a hoot.

Overall I liked this audiobook. The chapters were all pretty action-packed and definitely interesting. I'd listen to more from Derwin Lester ll and Cassie Poormokhtar.

Jason Sprenger did a good job narrating. He added some weird side noises though which I'm not sure if they were supposed to be funny or serious. I thought they seemed funny.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Roark C.
  • 06-12-18

Great epic tale delivered in a short story!

A great story delivered as a journal lets it cover a lot of ground and use some of the best sci-fi themes to move the story along and smooth over some of the twists and turns. It is an account of events more than a deep dive into the characters or the 'why and how' of it all. It does this well.

There were a few twists and turns where if you can't just go with it, your internal dialogue is like "Really?"... Just tell yourself "OK, it could be..." and enjoy letting the story unfold into it's next unlikely but entertaining turn of events.

There were many times that if the story had ended right after a certain twist, it would have been a great Prologue setup for a much larger story.

Overall it is a very enjoyable story with a good underlying commentary on our hi-tech world of today and where it is all headed. Don't overthink it and when the story ends you will definitely feel like you had fun!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 24-09-18

intriguing

the book was very intriguing and very interesting I like the concept and I liked the fact that the story wasn't long it was enough and the writer did made me understand what he wanted me to to see it was very good and enjoyable surprisingly
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  • KD
  • 15-09-18

Short but interesting premise

In this world society has uploaded their minds to the internet. I always wondered what that would look like cause it seems like a natural possibility for how humans would a evolve would be to leave their physical beings behind.

Interesting premise as I said needs to go in to more depth a little simple

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-08-19

Another Out-of-the-Park Entry

I've listened to several of this author's pieces by now, and I can get a sense of why this piece might hold a special place in their heart. It really is a thoroughly well-written and enjoyable story, crackling with wit and immediacy, and populated by wonderful characters and an electric story. Even though the author claims to have written it over a decade ago, if anything it sings with even more relevancy now that social media and VR technology have become and are continuing to be ever more prevalent. As always, the narrator, Jason Sprenger, does a fantastic job bringing it all to life, and his delivery makes the story and characters all the more engaging. A really great listen here, I highly recommend it as always!

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 17-02-19

Great Read

The Forever Sleep was a great quick read by Derwin Lester II and Cassie Poormokhtar. The World Government convinced the citizens to download their minds into the internet a century ago. They left their bodies floating in tanks. One day the internet went down and couldn't regulate the brains, with the only outcome being an end to humanity.

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  • Katarina
  • 01-01-19

Fantastic short story

This story gripped me right from the start. It is well-written, the background story of what happened to human societies all over the planet slowly unfolds through the diary writings of the protagonist - while the main plot kept holding my attention at the same time. The characters are fleshed out enough, especially the main character, who I had no trouble identifying with and rooting for.

My only issue with the story is, that it is way too short; wish it were a novel! :-)

Recommend!

~ This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • TU
  • 28-12-18

short but very good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a very interesting short story about a dude who didn't drink the VR koolaid and looks after the bodies of those who did. Then he gets stuck saving the lives of everyone in the virtual world. It's all told from his perspective and, at times, can be a bit politically preachy. It wasn't over the top, though, so I still enjoyed it. The narration is pretty good. I liked the sound effects in the beginning, it really made it feel more real and a great hook to bring you in. It's not very long, but worth checking out, in my opinion.

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  • Scott H
  • 11-12-18

Great quick listen!

*This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*

I loved this little sci-fi story. The performance was really well done. The narrators voice had great inflection and a nice, soothing tone. The characters' voices are discrete and well-done. Some of the humor was a little forced, but was in-line with the feel of the book. Good read!

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