©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
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.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
Some real character development. The characters start off flat and never expand.
Gratuitous sex doesn't make up for poorly written characters and there was no real resolution of the plot. The men in the novel are 2-dimensional and the women are 1-dimensional. Crumby characters = crumby novel.
I did not think William Dufris was very good, but it is hard to know if anyone could have done a better job with such a poor book.
The fundamental idea of repeating time is very interesting, but the plot didn't develop well or really resolve and the author did not make me care about the characters at all so this was a good idea that just didn't go anywhere.
If I had gotten this book for free, it would have been OK for a few hours entertainment, but I resent paying full price for it based on good reviews when it was actually one of the worst science fiction novels I've ever read (and I've read hundreds). This book doesn't come close to great sci-fi (Asimov, Niven, Bear, etc.). Don't pay for it!
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.
I loved this book..... loved the idea, loved the story, loved the narrator and loved the characters. The story will draw you in from the very beginning and it keeps a good flow throughout. Makes you question... 'what if I were given a second (or more) chance', knowing everything I know now. It seems that everyone at one time or another has had the thought of 'what would I do different if I could go back in time'. This story is one man and woman's answer to that question and the lessons they learn along the way. I thoroughly recommend this book and will definitely look at more of Ken Grimwood's books.
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.
If you liked "The Time Traveler's Wife", you will like this! I couldn't wait for him to die so I could see what his next life would be!
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