©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
I was hooked in the first chapter and could tear myself away.
So thought provoking and what a fun read!! Enjoyed every bit of this book.
I am a young-executive with a voracious appetite for great stories. I read and listen constantly, and am very proud of my book collection.
This book is one of those wonderful surprises that highlight the true genius of the human imagination. The concept is simple, and the writing is excellent. Ken Grimwood's insight into the future world from the point of view of 1986 is stunning--Muslim Extremism! He is able to effectively present the excitement and emotion of being stuck in a perpetual 25 year time loop. It really is about second, and third, and fourth chances etc. What would you do differently if you were able to re-live your vulnerable and naive early twenties until 43?
I cannot speak highly enough of this book, and wish Mr. Grimwood would have kept his theme going longer.
I have always been interested in the concept of living my life over again but knowing everything I know now. This book explores many of the extremes to which this concept could be taken. It is a very satisfying read.
Replay is excellent. The story has a singular science fiction premise, and it focuses on the implications and theories of that without dumping a dozen other sci-fi concepts into the mix. The characters are authentic, and you can tell that the author spent a lot of time considering how real people might handle the unusual circumstance of replaying a portion of their lives. Eventually, you'll wonder how the author is going to possibly conclude the book without a cliffhanger or just a dud ending. He pulls it off and it'll make you feel so alive in the process.
I'd love to write about the best part of this book, but I'll just leave it as a question - one that the author definitely pondered: If you were replaying your life and wondered if you were the only one, how could you find out?
I probably wouldn't listen to another William Dufris reading. The main problem I had was that every female character sounded almost the same - and that voice reminded me very much of Adam Sandler in drag on SNL. I needed to consciously look beyond that to appreciate the various female characters. Otherwise, he did a good job. There were a variety of accents, and he did a good enough approximation of them to get the point across.All this said, I've just come from reading some works read by Roy Dotrice, who is absolutely stunning, so it's a high standard.
I can't say I'd want to listen to this all at once, but I was almost always wishing my commute was just a little bit longer to get to that next part.
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
As a Christian, I don't believe in reincarnation or parallel universes, but the story helped me buy into the possibility. How many of us say musingly, "If I knew then what I know now things would be different"? What choices would we make differently in life: try to become rich and powerful, try to change the world, or do we simply try to become better people? Listen to Replay and find out?
I loved this book when I read it. In fact it was one of favorites for the year. Listening to it was painful. His female voices were awful - sort of like a drag queen. I've listend to numerous male narators that can do a female voice just fine.
If I had to do it over again I would just read it and skip the audio.
Very entertaining book that make you think 'what would I do if I had life to live over again?'. And, thusly, why am I not doing that now?
I found myself telling many people about the book I was reading. The concept was so interesting and could not help but create self reflection. It is one of the few books that has stayed with me long after reading.
If you are old enough to remember the 80's you will like this time travel book. If you cannot remember a time before cell phones, internet and email, you may find this book unrealistic. I really enjoyed the plot and it was always a page turner. One of the best time travel novels I have read. I highly recommend this book because the characters are ones you care about, the plot constantly keeps you thinking ahead and also for the nostalgia it brought to me of that time period. I also would check out Lightning by Koontz and Schumann Frequency by Chris Ride. This book should be rewritten for contemporary times and it would be even better!
This is the best audio book I have listened to yet. William Dufris does his usual great job, and he has fantastic source material to work with. You'll be thinking about this book, its characters, concepts and story long after you finish it. Do yourself a favor and get it.
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