Great book!! Loved keeping track of the lives and how Jeffery Winston chose to live each of them. The concept of reliving the same life over and over was very thought provoking and I am sure I will remember this book as a standout. Highly recommend!
The subject was interesting to me. It seems like he dealt with time travel or reincarnation in a different way.
Close to the end where their life was repeated over and over until time moved past the first death.
He has a good vocal quality. I could actually visualize the characters and scenes.
It made me wonder about the afterlife and what happens at the end. In some ways it was more frightening than an actual horror story.
This book held my interest until the end. Some books get a little to wordy or technical and difficult to follow. I usually listen while I am exercising, walking or driving and can't always give my full attention to every word. This book had clear imagery and the descriptions of people and places, made it perfect for an audible book. At least for me.
I like time travel books, but this is not the usual. It doesn't get caught up in any loop de loops or scientific paradox crap. Great story, characters and fun.
The humanity of all of the characters, how they weren't perfect.
The premise is something we all wish for, so it was enjoyable seeing him go through life making different choices.
I can add little to what has been said about "Replay" in the past 25+ years since it was published, except to comment that, while it has been compared many times to "Groundhog Day," it is actually more similar (in my mind) to characters in Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series: Bergitte Silverbow and Gaidal Cain, starcrossed lovers who are endlessly reborn, and with each new life much search each other out so that they may reunite yet again. Sadly, the author of "Replay", Ken Grimwood, died in 2003 at the age of 59. I like to think of Ken back into his teens during the 60s, betting on the Kentucky Derby and the '63 World Series, preparing to write a sequel to "Replay," perhaps suggesting an explanation for the miracle of reincarnation for a select few people.
First, I want to thank Stephen King. Had he not written such a brilliant book ("11-22-63"), I would not have sought out other time-themed books and found this one.
Up until "Replay" I believed that Stephen King's book was the best treatment of time "travel" I had red/listened to and one of the best audio books I had enjoyed overall. Now, Ken Grimwod's "Replay" is right up there with Mr. King.
At first, the book seems almost like the pattern King might have used for his book. I won't offer any spoilers here, but if you have read "11-22-63" you will know what I mean within the first couple of hours of "Replay." However, Grimwood's take on living in the past is so novel and, in the end, so different, that any resemblance to the King book is quickly forgotten. (Note that "11-22-63" was released 20+ years after "Replay").
Some books are so formulaic that you can see what's coming. Grimwood fools you into thinking that you know what's coming, but then takes you in a completely different direction. After being fooled the first time, just stop guessing and enjoy the ride.
This book is gripping, but not just tension-filled. It's focus isn't always on "what would you do if you could live part of your life over and over" but on what happens to the characters when they do things differently.
It's hard to say more without giving the plot away. What I can say is that it's a great book that I highly recommend.
William Dufris does a very good job as well. His voices don't vary significantly, but he does a fine job of capturing emotions.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
I have recommended it often in the past because of my affection for the concept and a strange sense of "aha" as if the story could be a reality
James Winston - because he's really the only one of two main characters who is male - and easy for me to empathize
This book has inspired me to write a very similar story of my own in preparation for the day an opportunity might be presented to do this in an afterlife.
A very general and obvious plot element below - but not a "spoiler" since it would be so unnatural to exclude it Anyone in a Replay would have to try to stop Lee Harvey O.
What would you do if you had a chance at a do over? You expire and come to consciousness in the afterlife clearing house where you can choose your own Heaven. So what would be heaven to you? Mine would be the opportunity to relive my life with full knowledge of my past life. I could certainly do a much better job than Jeff Winston did with his lives. His lame attempts to change the JFK assassination was not well conceived along with his predictable wasted replay in captivity by the CIA. I'm sure I could find a much more effective way to stop certain assassinations - and possibly arrange some others. You would require a much more important goal - like saving the Earth from climate change but the steps you could take with unlimited wealth and the political power of knowing your opponents moves before they do would give you a great opportunity to make that happen. Stop Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, Tim McVeigh, Jim Jones, OJ and 9/11. Save JFK, RFK, MLK, Paul Wellstone, and John Lennon. Make certain Al Gore takes the office to which he was elected and that Ronald Reagan does not. Put every right wing Republican in thrall with Bernie Madoff and Bear Sterns while warning Speilberg, Bacon, Sedgewick, Malkovich and the Wiesels among others. Support candidates who agree to policies to decrease greenhouse gasses and weapon sales and who realize that the greatest redistribution of wealth in history has happened since 1980 with the wealth of the middle class redistributed to the wealthiest 2% of Americans. There is so much that could be done to make the world a better place while moving to save the Earth as we know it.
Am I so alone in my inclination to wish to make the world a better place? Jeff Winston wasted his gift and spent way too much time wallowing in a weird self-pity instead of making new friendships while altering the course of history for the better. What would be a more rewarding heaven than living with a great purpose and the power to make significant strides in achieving it? I would happily take all the replays I could get.
It is one of the best. I read this book when it came out and always remembered it but not the name. I stumbled on it when Audible had a 2 for 1 deal going and was hooked all over again.
Jeff. As he keeps reliving his life, he tries so hard to get it right despite all the loss.
If you could live your life again what would you change?
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
The premise of this book was a good one. And because I like stories that include time travel, I ended up giving this book four stars. But I can't help believing that the author could have improved his product by including one or two less replays. The large number of replays probably required that he make large jumps in time to avoid having the book run longer than it did. I kept on encountering non-sequiturs before additional listening gave me the perspective that the scene was several years removed from the previous one. The transitions were very dramatic. There were many loose ends left at the conclusion of the book but that wasn't necessarily a detriment. Readers are left to conclude whatever they wish about the reality or the cause of the replays. Far-fetched but entertaining. Well worth it on a BOGO sale.
Avid audiobook addict!
This was a really great story. Extremely compelling. The narrator's Bill-Clinton-Esque sound and poorly done female voices was a little annoying, but in general a great, very interesting book.