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.
William Dufris may be a wonderful narrator, but for this story, he was oh so wrong! I admit I nearly gave up during the first couple chapters because I found him soooo annoying, but the characters were already interesting and I wanted to know what happened to them. I'm so glad I kept going because the story is intriguing and one that will make you think long after you've finished it. If you've ever wondered how much better, richer, happier you would be if only you could go back and do it all again. Mmm hmmm..you should probably hear Jeff's story.
This became my favorite time travel novel. It is, while amazing for the genre, and more generally in sf/fantasy, it is also a great piece of literature in and of itself, regardless of classification. With some philosophy mixed in.
I call "Mulligan"
The idea of being able to have a 'do over' on your life while maintaining the knowledge of what happened previously (it's a fantasy we all have).
I can't say without giving something away... all the scenes were good!
I remember laughing out loud at one part but now can't remember what it was about! Guess I'm getting old.
This is not a waste of a credit, I found the story and concept very intriguing
Some compare this book to the movie Ground Hog Day but in my view that's not on target. While the two stories share an idea, Replay is far more compelling because the story involves lifetimes, not just one particular day. Because of that, the characters' struggles with absolute loss is overwhelming.
I share a previous reviewer's opinion about the narrator. At first, I wasn't sure I liked his style and voice but very quickly realized that he melded into the story and became the voice of the story's protagonist. Very good job.
Interesting premiss however just just presented the phenomenon of dying and going back repeatedly to a certain period with absolutely no further explanation of what caused the occurrence. Very similar to Stephen Kings 11/22/63 which also does not try to even attempt to give a clue as to why this occurs
Another parallel to Kings book is that I thought both became much too wordy and could have been edited to much shorter book and lost nothing.
That said it was still an interesting book with characters developed well.