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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 09-07-13
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2011

    No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.

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    "Excellent writing and narration!"

    Replay is a great listen. The plot is imaginative, and the ending is satisfying. The pacing of the story is flawless, and the characters are compelling. I found it hard to put down.

    William Dufris narrates with consistent verve, and is a real pleasure to listen to. Mysteriously, he mispronounces a few common place names, but on the whole, his reading is so good that he's become one of my "go to" narrators on Audible.

    I'm not given to handing out 5-star ratings lightly, but Replay is one of the most entertaining works of fiction I've encountered in years.

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    Robin 07-15-13
    Robin 07-15-13
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    "Can't stop thinking about it!"

    Before "Groundhog Day", before "The Time-Traveler's Wife", and before "11/22/63", Ken Grimwood created a character who is blessed/cursed with living a part of his life multiple times. Be patient as the hero has the predictable reactions of using his lives for money, power and pleasure, because the story still has some twists and turns in store. It's not really a story of time travel as such, rather a story of our choices and our attitudes to a life we all know will end someday. Great book for discussion. Narration was good, nothing exceptional but nothing missing.

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    Maria Marietta, GA, United States 07-09-13
    Maria Marietta, GA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Definiltey worth a read"
    What made the experience of listening to Replay the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this book after hearing some one review the book on NPR. It was a summer series a few years ago where people talked about their favorite books and after hearing the review, I had to read it. Don't we all wonder what it would be like to live your life over? Don't you wonder what you'd do differently? This book explores the idea.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was great. Also liked the fact that the early parts of the book take place in areas of Atlanta that I am familiar with.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't know if I've lisened to any of Mr. Dufris's other performances.


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

    Yes, definitely. I found it easy to get into.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 06-02-13
    Simone 06-02-13 Member Since 2015

    Member Since 2006!!

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    "If you like Time Travel - you'll love it"

    LOVED LOVED LOVED it! I was hooked right from the start and I hated to put it down. It was interesting the entire way through.

    If you liked 11/22/63; you’ll like this one too. A lot of similarities, but different enough so you don’t feel like it’s a copy of the same story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Daphne, AL 04-17-13
    Amazon Customer Daphne, AL 04-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story overall--elite time travel novel"

    This became my favorite time travel novel. It is, while amazing for the genre, and more generally in sf/fantasy, it is also a great piece of literature in and of itself, regardless of classification. With some philosophy mixed in.

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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.


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    GerryO denver 03-19-13
    GerryO denver 03-19-13 Member Since 2014

    book addict

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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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