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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.

Critic reviews

"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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An interesting story!

I was intrigued from the get go, and I enjoyed how ominous this story was. Not only that, but Steven Strait is a phenomenal narrator. I enjoy his voice every single time, despite the characters in this sounding a little flat. Regardless, the ending was predictable but what led up to the ending was thoroughly brilliant.

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Warning

I thought this was good but would have enjoyed it more if a PRAT on audible.com hadn't done a one line review that included the main spoiler of the story - so there was no intrigue what so ever for me. Hence the single purpose of this review is to say - don't look at audible.com reviews as you're very likely to have the story ruined for you also.

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Unsettling

In the current world climate, the theme of this book is quite unsettling, especially with the unusual 2nd person narrative. It's hard to say too much without spoiling the story, as it's the uncertainty that provides most of the intrigue but (... Minor spoilers follow ... ) the pay off is unexpected and smart, with an eerie sense of believability. However the open ending left many questions unanswered, such as why a certain character was seemingly unaffected. As a short story it delivers, but left me wanted more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-09-19

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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  • Rebekah
  • 19-09-19

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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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 24-06-20

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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  • ratzelster
  • 24-05-20

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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  • Graham KUNISCH
  • 07-03-20

Terrifying

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

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  • Henry Reimert
  • 04-11-19

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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  • Sunrise Books
  • 19-10-19

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
  • 19-10-19

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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  • Benita
  • 02-10-20

Knowledge

You can have knowledge of a lot of things in this world. What if you are unsure about who you are? What is more important knowing or being in the moment?

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  • Charlie Calvert
  • 12-09-20

story looking for focus

I'm not sure the author knew exactly what he wanted to say. The story wanders without focus. one thinks: I've heard all this before.