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.
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.