©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was hooked in the first chapter and could tear myself away.
So thought provoking and what a fun read!! Enjoyed every bit of this book.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
Some real character development. The characters start off flat and never expand.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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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