©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
Iv'e been using audible for a few years now! As if it were a drug for me; It is an addiction that has probably been more expensive than a cheap drug habit would have been. As such, I know a good book when I listen, and this is one of the best sci-fi books that I have listened to yet. It is a totally addicting novel, and it is a fantasy that every one at one point or another has had. I won't say much more because I don't want to spoil the plot. Equally, I didn't know what to expect from it when I bought it, but I was totally suprised by how great the book was. Over the last few years Audible.com has gotten so many great science fiction books on the market that it is hard to keep up with what is the latest and greatest; all I can say is don't miss this book. I have listened to ten or so sci-fi books in the last couple of months and I haven't written any reviews, but for this particular book I don't think any one should miss out on having this one pointed out and recomended from the pack.
How would you live your life if you could start it over again?
Replay certainly makes you think about the choices we all make, and the events that form hinges in our lives. If we had our time again, would things be better, would we make smarter choices, or would things just be different, would we just value and cherish what we have with more love and care? Did the author of Time Travellers wife read this - I think so.........Its an interesting read, and should certainly keep you engaged for a long journey.
This is a very good story. That suffers from poor narration. It's better told or read by someone with more voice talent. Overtime that distracted from the book.
I remember reading this book when I was a teenager. I think it has some very good life lessons in it. It was great "reading" it again. Audible books are awesome!
The premise and ultimate theme of this novel are profound. I found myself making excuses to get in the car and listen to more.
My only gripe is the narration. The narrator is outstanding in other contexts. But in this one, I felt like he was barely suppressing a laugh the entire time, like the book was a comedy. I found this to be distracting in light of the profound sadness and sense of loss that the author was trying to convey.
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.
l'enfer c'est les autres
I seldom read fiction, but I'm glad I read this one.
My favorite blog, Auxiliary Memory, recommended this book. The blog started off guessing what he would tell his 13 year old self if he got to go back in time. One of the things he recommended is that he would have given himself a copy of this book. That makes since. By the way, the blogs post on "how audible changed my life" is spot on and worth a read from any dedicated audible listener.
As for me, I would only have told my younger self to floss my teeth daily.
Any fiction book that makes you understand our place in the universe a little bit better seems like a good book to me, and this book does just that. Who are our real friends, what actions could we change to effect the future and what would those unintended consequences be, this book adds insights to those kind of questions.
I'm on the hunt for more good fiction books, but until then, I'll just keep reading my non-fiction stuff instead. I'll keep my eye open for other good fiction recommendations from Auxiliary Memory.
In simple terms this is a reincarnation tale of one part the Time Travelers wife and one part Groundhog's Day but still manages to go it's own way. It extends the fantasy of IF "I knew then what I know now" AND had the opportunity to relive your life several times.
A very satisfying book. The narrator is good with the lead character if a little weak with some of the female voices but not enough to get in the way of the tale.
I'd picked this one up in an earlier sale and it is still priced pretty reasonably. A real bargain. Enjoy, I suspect I will listen to this one again.
This story about a man who keeps repeating 25 years of his life between college and his death from a heart attack at age 43 is a well-considered reflection on what that experience would be like. It engaged me from the beginning and moved me to tears several times before the end. For some time afterward I found myself from time to time reflecting on some of the ideas in the story and even considering how I might apply them in my own life.
The book isn't perfect. I found some, perhaps most, of the sex scenes gratuitous, and the writing at times seemed repetitive. The narrator wasn't as convincing on the female voices as I would have liked. Relatively minor quibbles though, because overall this is one story I look forward to replaying.
It's not easy to find a new twist on time travel, but Ken Grimwood hit on a truly creative premise. His characters don't just travel back to the past - they get to relive their lives over and over. And each time they use their previous experiences to relive it in a different way.
Where REPLAY succeeds best is in its examination of how ordinary people use those repeated second chances - for better and for worse. And it has a strong underlying message: most of us won't change the world, yet we can build rich lives by cherishing even the most ordinary experiences.
But it's that ordinariness that makes REPLAY a somewhat unsatisfying listen. Grimwood tries mightily to create an epic romance for the ages between his main characters, Jeff and Pamela. But, to be honest, their love story isn't especially interesting. And even over their many lives together, they barely face danger or conflict. I keep thinking how much more interesting REPLAY would have been if there were an evil "replayer" pursuing the couple through the ages - or some ultimate challenge they were forced to meet. Instead, too much of the book is concerned with mundane events (and far too many forced pop culture references). And I can't recall a single turn of events that was truly surprising; I caught on to the main plot twist far before it was revealed. Still, I was interested enough to hang in there so I could find out Jeff and Pamela's ultimate fate. I just keep thinking that if Grimwood had really pursued the science fictiony backbone of his story, he would have produced a far more satisfying book.
Narrator William Dufris has an engaging, animated voice, and his high register allows him to bring female characters to life in an unforced way. But far too many times he stopped me cold with baffling mispronunciations.
Bottom line - if you like stories with time-twisting love stories, try THE CONFESSIONS OF MAX TIVOLI. Or FLASHFORWARD, if you want harder sci-fi.
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