©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
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.
I picked this up on a $4.95 sale because it looked interesting, although some reviews said it was predictable...some parts were but the story line was deeply interesting.
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.
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.
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 found it predictable and over time it got more and more boring. Gave up 3/4 way through
I rarely listen to anything twice, but I might this one.
There were many moments. It's like Groundhog's day, but for 25 years.
The re-meeting of his wife...
I like how the reflection of events and how the character's learn what's truly was meaningful in each of their lives.
If you like time travel books, this is worth your time. Moves along well, good narration and makes you think. Well done.
I read all the reviews before I downloaded this one, and I expected a good listen, but it turned out much better than I had expected. I was initially delighed when I heard that familiar voice that I associated with "Old Man's War." After a kind of slow start, the story grabbed me and I fell in love with the characters. The story really tugs at your heart and the love and loss and sadness was profound. I'd recommend this to anyone! Of course some of the younger listeners might not relate to some of the events, since the periods covered are from 1963 to 1988, but even if you were born after 1988, I think you would still enjoy the book. The humanity of it is classic. I suspect that the guy who wrote that one bad review complaining about placing bets and making money with knowledge of the future never got past the first couple of chapters. There is so much more to this book than that.
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