©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
Where has this book been all my life? It seems like anyone who gets his or her hands on Ken Grimwood's 1986 novel Replay can't wait to tell someone else about it.
I imagine Replay would have a different impact on an individual at different points in their life, and for that I look forward to rediscovering this book again in the future. I wasn't halfway through when I was telling anyone who would listen about this book. There is something universally appealing of the premise of getting a do-over. Grimwood checks off all the essentials on time traveler's to-do list: Attempts to stop a major catastrophe check. Bets on sporting events and wins big (à la Biff Tannen in Back to the Future), check. Gets the girl(s) over, and over; check check check. Published in the mid 1980's, Replay holds up very well for readers nearly 30 years later.
This thought provoking book is a great page-turner at times it feels like it should be a summer blockbuster film. I was most surprised at how much I reflected on my own personal experiences and choices I have made in my life. Would I like to do them over again? Would changing them have caused more serious consequences? Replay makes you think about your current and future path in life and will be a book that I will be thinking about for years to come.
I was surprised to see so many people critical of the narration. William Dufris does a fine job in telling the story. My only issue would be his portrayal of female characters was subpar, but not enough to take me out of the story.
Perhaps at times Replay is a bit overindulgent in trying to capture too much of the past. But I found most of the experiences to be delightfully rewarding. I look forward to doing my part in passing on Replay as it was passed on to me.
It was a great story that kept your attention. I sat in my garage at home many times because I didn't want to stop listening.
11/22/63 by Stephen King. He got his premise for his book from Replay and I can see the correlation. If you like this book, you MUST read 11/22/63!
To put it nicely, I HATED his narration. Several times I thought about getting it in paperback so I could read it in a normal voice. His "female" characters voice was awful and he made the narrator sound exhausted all the time. Took away from the book for sure.
When he lost his daughter Gretchen and grieved over that, it was sad.
Get a new narrator and this would be a 5 star book easily!
I am a professional photographer, a motorcyclist, and an avid reader and listener. I enjoy history, business books and
This is a great audio book and a great story. At first, when I listened to the sample I thought the reading was going to be just OK, but the story line was interesting so I gave it a try, but as I listened to William Dufris narration I found it was perfect for the subject, not boring at all. and the characters became people you can identify with, you can put yourself into their place as things happened to them as they went through each rewind. I think we have always wondered what we would do differently with our life if we had the chance to go back and live it again, but what if we had to go back again and again. Great book and a great listen. On of my favorites.
How the ending of the story resolved the big questions.
It was interesting to see how they try to alter the past and what becomes of the future.
He draws out or exhibits the feelings associated with such an often stressful and emotional story.
No. I don't get moved often.
It was entertaining. In the middle of the story, I was getting tired of the repeated events. But when Jeff met Pamela, it re-ignited my interest in the story. I enjoy Ground Hog Day type stories.
The subject was interesting to me. It seems like he dealt with time travel or reincarnation in a different way.
Close to the end where their life was repeated over and over until time moved past the first death.
He has a good vocal quality. I could actually visualize the characters and scenes.
It made me wonder about the afterlife and what happens at the end. In some ways it was more frightening than an actual horror story.
This book held my interest until the end. Some books get a little to wordy or technical and difficult to follow. I usually listen while I am exercising, walking or driving and can't always give my full attention to every word. This book had clear imagery and the descriptions of people and places, made it perfect for an audible book. At least for me.
I like time travel books, but this is not the usual. It doesn't get caught up in any loop de loops or scientific paradox crap. Great story, characters and fun.
The humanity of all of the characters, how they weren't perfect.
The premise is something we all wish for, so it was enjoyable seeing him go through life making different choices.
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.
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.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
I have recommended it often in the past because of my affection for the concept and a strange sense of "aha" as if the story could be a reality
James Winston - because he's really the only one of two main characters who is male - and easy for me to empathize
This book has inspired me to write a very similar story of my own in preparation for the day an opportunity might be presented to do this in an afterlife.
A very general and obvious plot element below - but not a "spoiler" since it would be so unnatural to exclude it Anyone in a Replay would have to try to stop Lee Harvey O.
What would you do if you had a chance at a do over? You expire and come to consciousness in the afterlife clearing house where you can choose your own Heaven. So what would be heaven to you? Mine would be the opportunity to relive my life with full knowledge of my past life. I could certainly do a much better job than Jeff Winston did with his lives. His lame attempts to change the JFK assassination was not well conceived along with his predictable wasted replay in captivity by the CIA. I'm sure I could find a much more effective way to stop certain assassinations - and possibly arrange some others. You would require a much more important goal - like saving the Earth from climate change but the steps you could take with unlimited wealth and the political power of knowing your opponents moves before they do would give you a great opportunity to make that happen. Stop Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, Tim McVeigh, Jim Jones, OJ and 9/11. Save JFK, RFK, MLK, Paul Wellstone, and John Lennon. Make certain Al Gore takes the office to which he was elected and that Ronald Reagan does not. Put every right wing Republican in thrall with Bernie Madoff and Bear Sterns while warning Speilberg, Bacon, Sedgewick, Malkovich and the Wiesels among others. Support candidates who agree to policies to decrease greenhouse gasses and weapon sales and who realize that the greatest redistribution of wealth in history has happened since 1980 with the wealth of the middle class redistributed to the wealthiest 2% of Americans. There is so much that could be done to make the world a better place while moving to save the Earth as we know it.
Am I so alone in my inclination to wish to make the world a better place? Jeff Winston wasted his gift and spent way too much time wallowing in a weird self-pity instead of making new friendships while altering the course of history for the better. What would be a more rewarding heaven than living with a great purpose and the power to make significant strides in achieving it? I would happily take all the replays I could get.
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