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Replay | [Ken Grimwood]

Replay

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor

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World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988

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    Delberta 08-06-12
    Delberta 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth reading!"
    What did you love best about Replay?

    Although the first section of this novel was predictable, and I began to think it would be a long slog to finish, the plot suddenly took a twist I hadn't expected and wow! Suspenseful and gripping to the end, and REPLAY ends up being a novel well worth reading.


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    MIKE MUSTANG, OK, United States 07-31-12
    MIKE MUSTANG, OK, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    A very nice read....good to the last word. Storm Seal of Approval!

    Give it a try.

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    Greg 07-18-12
    Greg 07-18-12

    KJV Mid Acts Man

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    "Good story, wrong cuss word for me."

    This guy wrote a good book, but why did he have to curse Jesus name around 20 times. Pick a different cuss word, and have more audience. I'm done with him.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-16-12
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    "Relive your life ..."

    This brought up so much emotion for my own life. It makes you examine how you live and what you've done. It's like an evaluation of how to run in life and what's the most important. One of the best books in the Audible library.

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    Linda 07-13-12
    Linda 07-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful Book! Left me wanting more."
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was hooked in the first chapter and could tear myself away.


    Any additional comments?

    So thought provoking and what a fun read!! Enjoyed every bit of this book.

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    J. N. Manor Milwaukee, WI USA 05-21-12
    J. N. Manor Milwaukee, WI USA 05-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Superb!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have always been interested in the concept of living my life over again but knowing everything I know now. This book explores many of the extremes to which this concept could be taken. It is a very satisfying read.

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    Todd 04-17-12
    Todd 04-17-12
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    "Fantastic time travel story"
    Where does Replay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Replay is excellent. The story has a singular science fiction premise, and it focuses on the implications and theories of that without dumping a dozen other sci-fi concepts into the mix. The characters are authentic, and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time considering how real people might handle the unusual circumstance of replaying a portion of their lives. Eventually, you'll wonder how the author is going to possibly conclude the book without a cliffhanger or just a dud ending. He pulls it off and it'll make you feel so alive in the process.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Replay?

    I'd love to write about the best part of this book, but I'll just leave it as a question - one that the author definitely pondered: If you were replaying your life and wondered if you were the only one, how could you find out?


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    I probably wouldn't listen to another William Dufris reading. The main problem I had was that every female character sounded almost the same - and that voice reminded me very much of Adam Sandler in drag on SNL. I needed to consciously look beyond that to appreciate the various female characters. Otherwise, he did a good job. There were a variety of accents, and he did a good enough approximation of them to get the point across.All this said, I've just come from reading some works read by Roy Dotrice, who is absolutely stunning, so it's a high standard.


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

    I can't say I'd want to listen to this all at once, but I was almost always wishing my commute was just a little bit longer to get to that next part.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 03-17-12
    Tango Texas 03-17-12

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Pass on this one unless you love boredom"
    What would have made Replay better?

    Some real character development. The characters start off flat and never expand.


    What could Ken Grimwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Gratuitous sex doesn't make up for poorly written characters and there was no real resolution of the plot. The men in the novel are 2-dimensional and the women are 1-dimensional. Crumby characters = crumby novel.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    I did not think William Dufris was very good, but it is hard to know if anyone could have done a better job with such a poor book.


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

    The fundamental idea of repeating time is very interesting, but the plot didn't develop well or really resolve and the author did not make me care about the characters at all so this was a good idea that just didn't go anywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had gotten this book for free, it would have been OK for a few hours entertainment, but I resent paying full price for it based on good reviews when it was actually one of the worst science fiction novels I've ever read (and I've read hundreds). This book doesn't come close to great sci-fi (Asimov, Niven, Bear, etc.). Don't pay for it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 12-22-11
    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2011

    I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.

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    "I liked it"

    As a Christian, I don't believe in reincarnation or parallel universes, but the story helped me buy into the possibility. How many of us say musingly, "If I knew then what I know now things would be different"? What choices would we make differently in life: try to become rich and powerful, try to change the world, or do we simply try to become better people? Listen to Replay and find out?

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    Donna Fountain Valley, CA, United States 11-16-11
    Donna Fountain Valley, CA, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2015

    eclectic reader

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    "Great story - terrible narrator."

    I loved this book when I read it. In fact it was one of favorites for the year. Listening to it was painful. His female voices were awful - sort of like a drag queen. I've listend to numerous male narators that can do a female voice just fine.

    If I had to do it over again I would just read it and skip the audio.

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