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Replay | [Ken Grimwood]

Replay

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.
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In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988

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    Sharon Grove, OK, United States 04-05-13
    Sharon Grove, OK, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Do Over"
    If you could sum up Replay in three words, what would they be?

    I call "Mulligan"


    What did you like best about this story?

    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).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say without giving something away... all the scenes were good!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I remember laughing out loud at one part but now can't remember what it was about! Guess I'm getting old.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a waste of a credit, I found the story and concept very intriguing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Framingham, MA, United States 03-31-13
    Bruce Framingham, MA, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I just love this story"
    If you could sum up Replay in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GerryO denver 03-19-13
    GerryO denver 03-19-13 Member Since 2014

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    "If I had it all to do again....."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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????


    What did you like best about this story?

    General idea. Desire for resolution. Not sure he really does resolve issue. Goodness what would anyone do? Lots of open ended stuff flying around.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Good delivery in general.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Actually the first time he realizes he is going to go through life again.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth listen. Gives a lot to think about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Sand Springs, OK, United States 03-18-13
    James Sand Springs, OK, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you listen to Replay again? Why?

    I'm really glad I listened to Replay. It was outstanding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was well thought out and planned perfectly.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Great voices. Just the right attitude.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You know you have thought about doing your life over again. What whould you do if you had a chance?


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed this book. I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G Reinhardt 03-06-13
    G Reinhardt 03-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and thought provoking"

    The when I read the plot summary of Replay, the movie Groundhog Day popped into my mind. This book, however, reminded me more of Stephen King's 11-22-63. I enjoyed the characters, the twists and turns and most of all the ending. It got me wondering how my choices would change if I could do it all over with memories in tact. I wasn't bored for a moment and would highly recommend this listen!

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    Mitchell London, OH, United States 02-28-13
    Mitchell London, OH, United States 02-28-13
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    "Worth it."
    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I know how difficult it must be to narrate a book, and I find it equally difficult to criticize someone who can do a hell of a lot better than I could. Dufris did a fine job. I felt that he may have been a little monotonous at times and that, maybe, he could do more with his range of emoting. Compared to the best, I'd give him three stars. Compared to the majority, I'd give him five. So...four stars it is.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At times, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Replay has a basic plot that hits home for me. I'm always interested in the "what if I started this over with the knowledge I now possess" conversation, and Grimwood hit the nail on the head in many ways. In many ways, he did not; however, this is HIS story and, all in all, I have a great deal of respect for its entertaining qualities. I would recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 02-23-13
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 02-23-13 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Entertaining sci-fi story"

    I enjoyed this story quite a bit. Jeff Winston goes back to his youth with his current memory in tact on multiple occasions each time changing things as he can and trying to figure out what is happening. Meeting others like him, they try to figure things out. How many of these things would you do?

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    Daniel 02-22-13
    Daniel 02-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't stop"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. Once I started listening to it, I couldn't stop. The whole time travel idea has always fascinated me. This audiobook answered some of the 'what ifs' we'd ask ourselves, if we traveled back in time. I highly recommend it. The narrator was decent.

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    M.W. SW USA 12-07-12
    M.W. SW USA 12-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting Concept"

    This book will probably appeal to those who remember the 60s-80s, as that is the period that the character re-lives over and over again. It was an interesting concept and a good read. I probably won't listen to it a second time, but I don't consider it a waste of a credit.

    I liked the way the character tried something different during each "replay," sometimes with unintended consequences!

    If you liked the Time Traveler's Wife, you will probably like this...even though they are different in their approach.

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    Melanie L 12-04-12
    Melanie L 12-04-12 Member Since 2014

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    "What would happen if ..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Replay to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jeff. Very authentic.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Witty, calm, likable, charming.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always been intrigued by the thought of reliving my life, knowing then what I know now. This book took me on such a journey over and over again, testing out what would happen during various scenarios. The ending was a happy and hopeful one. Can't wait to read another book by this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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