Review - The Last Day
This is the audiobook
of Glenn Kleier's novel. The work is abridged, but still lasts
six eventful, fascinating hours. The setting is Jerusalem, New
Year's Eve, 1999.
one second before midnight something incredible happens - a
geological event of staggering proportion, followed by reports
of the "arrival" of a woman with miraculous powers."*
We later discover
that a man whose daughter had been so badly injured that she
became a living "vegetable", had cloned the girl in an attempt
to recreate her. Is the mystery woman a clone that survived
the blast, or is she the messiah as she claims? The story follows
TV correspondent John Feldman's attempts to discover the truth.
The Last Day
is superbly conceived, well thought out, and gripping throughout.
is Rene Auberjonois, who performs all the parts except one.
Auberjonois is one of the finest actors around, and an experienced
presenter of audioworks. His reading is magnificent; a multitude
of different characters spring to life whilst we listen. My
own favourites were the Italians and Germans, but all are totally
convincing. His reading reflects emotion, pain, humour (there
is a wonderful scene where he plays two Italians having a difference
of opinion - brilliant). The one other character is played by
Carrie Gordon. As you learn the story, you understand why this
is so. I did not know of this actress before. Her performance
is most effective, portraying humour, compassion, determination,
clarity of thought and vision.
The Last Day
is intriguing, entertaining, and thoroughly satisfying.
Carie Anderson's review
of the book
The Last Day, read by Rene Auberjonois and Carrie Gordon
From the novel by Glenn Kleier
Time Warner AudioBooks 1997, Price $22
Available on-line from Time
Warner AudioBooks order # 4-32549
*Quote from the audiobook cover.
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