©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
Replay is a great listen. The plot is imaginative, and the ending is satisfying. The pacing of the story is flawless, and the characters are compelling. I found it hard to put down.
William Dufris narrates with consistent verve, and is a real pleasure to listen to. Mysteriously, he mispronounces a few common place names, but on the whole, his reading is so good that he's become one of my "go to" narrators on Audible.
I'm not given to handing out 5-star ratings lightly, but Replay is one of the most entertaining works of fiction I've encountered in years.
Before "Groundhog Day", before "The Time-Traveler's Wife", and before "11/22/63", Ken Grimwood created a character who is blessed/cursed with living a part of his life multiple times. Be patient as the hero has the predictable reactions of using his lives for money, power and pleasure, because the story still has some twists and turns in store. It's not really a story of time travel as such, rather a story of our choices and our attitudes to a life we all know will end someday. Great book for discussion. Narration was good, nothing exceptional but nothing missing.
I listened to this book after hearing some one review the book on NPR. It was a summer series a few years ago where people talked about their favorite books and after hearing the review, I had to read it. Don't we all wonder what it would be like to live your life over? Don't you wonder what you'd do differently? This book explores the idea.
The story line was great. Also liked the fact that the early parts of the book take place in areas of Atlanta that I am familiar with.
Don't know if I've lisened to any of Mr. Dufris's other performances.
Yes, definitely. I found it easy to get into.
You won't be disappointed.
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LOVED LOVED LOVED it! I was hooked right from the start and I hated to put it down. It was interesting the entire way through.
If you liked 11/22/63; you’ll like this one too. A lot of similarities, but different enough so you don’t feel like it’s a copy of the same 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.
Yes. Great premise. Something we all think about at some time. I know I do. Great that this guy tackles idea. What would we do????
General idea. Desire for resolution. Not sure he really does resolve issue. Goodness what would anyone do? Lots of open ended stuff flying around.
Good delivery in general.
Actually the first time he realizes he is going to go through life again.
Well worth listen. Gives a lot to think about.
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