©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
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.
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.
Replay starts with an interesting concept, but the execution is just okay. The book needed an editor--not for the writing, which was good enough to keep me relatively entertained, but for the narration: some of the pronunciation of words was completely wrong. Someone wears a "ma-DRAS" skirt, another woman is a "SO-see-a-lite," and I had to completely hoot when I hear Poughkeepsie pronounced "POOH-KEEP-see." Errors like made the whole thing seem less professional. I liked the narrator's voice well enough--earnest and young--but why didn't someone help him with this sort of thing? I also thought the sex scenes intrusive, but that's a personal preference.
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.
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.
First, I want to thank Stephen King. Had he not written such a brilliant book ("11-22-63"), I would not have sought out other time-themed books and found this one.
Up until "Replay" I believed that Stephen King's book was the best treatment of time "travel" I had red/listened to and one of the best audio books I had enjoyed overall. Now, Ken Grimwod's "Replay" is right up there with Mr. King.
At first, the book seems almost like the pattern King might have used for his book. I won't offer any spoilers here, but if you have read "11-22-63" you will know what I mean within the first couple of hours of "Replay." However, Grimwood's take on living in the past is so novel and, in the end, so different, that any resemblance to the King book is quickly forgotten. (Note that "11-22-63" was released 20+ years after "Replay").
Some books are so formulaic that you can see what's coming. Grimwood fools you into thinking that you know what's coming, but then takes you in a completely different direction. After being fooled the first time, just stop guessing and enjoy the ride.
This book is gripping, but not just tension-filled. It's focus isn't always on "what would you do if you could live part of your life over and over" but on what happens to the characters when they do things differently.
It's hard to say more without giving the plot away. What I can say is that it's a great book that I highly recommend.
William Dufris does a very good job as well. His voices don't vary significantly, but he does a fine job of capturing emotions.
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