©1998 Ken Grimwood; (P)2008 Tantor
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
William Dufris may be a wonderful narrator, but for this story, he was oh so wrong! I admit I nearly gave up during the first couple chapters because I found him soooo annoying, but the characters were already interesting and I wanted to know what happened to them. I'm so glad I kept going because the story is intriguing and one that will make you think long after you've finished it. If you've ever wondered how much better, richer, happier you would be if only you could go back and do it all again. Mmm hmmm..you should probably hear Jeff's story.
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.
I call "Mulligan"
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).
I can't say without giving something away... all the scenes were good!
I remember laughing out loud at one part but now can't remember what it was about! Guess I'm getting old.
This is not a waste of a credit, I found the story and concept very intriguing
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.
Interesting premiss however just just presented the phenomenon of dying and going back repeatedly to a certain period with absolutely no further explanation of what caused the occurrence. Very similar to Stephen Kings 11/22/63 which also does not try to even attempt to give a clue as to why this occurs
Another parallel to Kings book is that I thought both became much too wordy and could have been edited to much shorter book and lost nothing.
That said it was still an interesting book with characters developed well.
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????
General idea. Desire for resolution. Not sure he really does resolve issue. Goodness what would anyone do? Lots of open ended stuff flying around.
Good delivery in general.
Actually the first time he realizes he is going to go through life again.
Well worth listen. Gives a lot to think about.
I'm really glad I listened to Replay. It was outstanding.
The plot was well thought out and planned perfectly.
Great voices. Just the right attitude.
You know you have thought about doing your life over again. What whould you do if you had a chance?
I truly enjoyed this book. I would highly recommend it.
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!
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.
At times, yes.
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.
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