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The Last Question | [Isaac Asimov]

The Last Question

Here is a story that goes beyond space and time. Isaac Asimov takes on a jouney that explores the ultimate fate of the universe, along with the question, what will become of the human race? So take a journey into the outer twilight of your mind. Turn off the light, sit back and relax, close your eyes, and enter the infinite universe of your imagination.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is a story that goes beyond space and time. Isaac Asimov takes on a jouney that explores the ultimate fate of the universe, along with the question, what will become of the human race?

So take a journey into the outer twilight of your mind. Turn off the light, sit back and relax, close your eyes, and enter the infinite universe of your imagination.

©2007 Bob E. Flick; (P)2007 Bob E. Flick

What the Critics Say

"Few authors can claim his consistently high level of excellence." (Galaxy magazine)

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    Derek Callander, Ontario, Canada 04-05-12
    Derek Callander, Ontario, Canada 04-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I prefer to be read to"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the performance from one of live theater with multiple actors and music to the format that Audible has always been so great for: Getting a truly talented voice actor to read the story using different intontation, accents, etc for character dialogue. I don't come to Audible for radio dramas. I come to hear a great story read to me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one my favourite short stories of all time. The explanation of entropy as it relates to the universe and our own beginnings has always made this a great read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Scottsdale, AZ, United States 01-25-10
    John Scottsdale, AZ, United States 01-25-10
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    "Too much sound effects."

    This is an absolutely fascinating story but the amount of music/sound effects is extremely distracting. I would not recommend this narrator.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 07-10-13
    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome Story, but not actually an hour"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Question the most enjoyable?

    I really wonder if Asimov was an atheist or a deeply religious scientist using writing to explore god & religion. His stories like this one make me think he's very much one way or the other.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Question?

    Really the last line is well built up to and rather perfect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well, it was short, only about 35min


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't an hour & eight minutes, it's really just about 35 min.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Visalia, CA, United States 04-24-13
    Steven Visalia, CA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, but a disappointing purchase"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Fans of synth music.


    Has The Last Question turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Gallant’s performances?

    I wouldn't rule anything out based strictly on his participation.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Question?

    None of the scenes, just the music.


    Any additional comments?

    The background music didn't bother me so much, but I thought I was buying an hour-long story. The story actually ended around the thirty-minute mark and was then followed by half an hour more of just music. The music wasn't even something I'd want to listen to on its own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sws Lakewood, WA 03-05-12
    sws Lakewood, WA 03-05-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Asimov's timelessness"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is true science fiction and drama based upon musings about spirituality.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father was my favorite.


    Which character ??? as performed by Jim Gallant ??? was your favorite?

    The father


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It conveys both hope and hopelessness.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul ANACORTES, WA, United States 09-25-12
    Paul ANACORTES, WA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "to much music "fill""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is really a short story. There is way too much "fill" in an attempt to make it a dark mystery.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    Sure. Asimov is the Dean of Sci-Fi and most of his work is great, and I love it. Just not this book.


    What three words best describe Jim Gallant’s voice?

    strong, interesting, valuable


    Was The Last Question worth the listening time?

    No.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Rooks Charlotte, NC 03-27-11
    Sheila Rooks Charlotte, NC 03-27-11 Member Since 2007

    Sheila

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    "Huge disappointment"

    While the story was obviously written in the "golden era," it retains its charms. The narration, effects, and orchestration of this production are distracting, obnoxious, and unnecessary. Don't bother purchasing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth 06-07-14
    Kenneth 06-07-14
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    "Annoying"
    Any additional comments?

    The actual story is only about 25 mins in length and the rest of this audio is just strange sound effects. I don't know who thought it was a good idea to tape 30 mins straight of weird sci fi sound effects and then call it an audio book. The actual story was fine, but I feel like I was misled about the length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 07-01-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Teaches us that we are..."

    This book is abut teaching us that we are the masters of our own lives and that we create our lives by our thoughts actions and deeds. Yes the sound effects are annoying. However, they are needed to teach us that as the 'Bible' said we are endowed with Gods power because we were created in the creators image. 'Let there be light!'

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kat Carrboro, NC, United States 06-10-13
    Kat Carrboro, NC, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story. Terrible Recording."
    What disappointed you about The Last Question?

    This is a fantastic story and I was looking forward to revisiting it but I couldn't enjoy the book itself because the presentation was so distracting. The parts I managed to listen to had weird sci-fi humming and buzzing sounds in the background constantly.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I suggest that you look this story up online or borrow it from the library because it is really wonderful, but this recording sucks all of the value out of it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Appauling"

    I bought this thinking I would get a range of stories, It has a drum and electronic music backing track that runs throughout and many many minutes are just tuneless musak. Do yourself a favour and buy the book, and read it. I cannot in all honesty recommend this. I can't seem to leave a no star rating.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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