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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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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

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World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988

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    Tango Texas 03-17-12
    Tango Texas 03-17-12

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Pass on this one unless you love boredom"
    What would have made Replay better?

    Some real character development. The characters start off flat and never expand.


    What could Ken Grimwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 12-22-11
    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "I liked it"

    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?

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    Donna Fountain Valley, CA, United States 11-16-11
    Donna Fountain Valley, CA, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2011

    eclectic reader

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    "Great story - terrible narrator."

    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.

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    Patrick Crady Richmond, VA USA 10-20-11
    Patrick Crady Richmond, VA USA 10-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Makes you hold a mirror up."

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Bradley Beach, NJ, United States 10-16-11
    Cathy Bradley Beach, NJ, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Thought Provoking"

    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.

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    Gail 06-17-11
    Gail 06-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "EXCELLENT!!!"

    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.

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    howard Longmont, CO, United States 02-01-11
    howard Longmont, CO, United States 02-01-11
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    "Incredible"

    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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    shopper from Playa del Rey 01-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful!"


    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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    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-19-11
    Jennifer Calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-19-11 Member Since 2010

    It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!

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    "Thought Provoking"

    What would you do if you relived your life over and over again? How quickly would the novelty wear off? I selected this book on the high recommendations of Audible.com readers. It's a "credit worthy" download, interesting story, but it wasn't one of my favorites. The reader was good, but not the best I've heard.

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    Scott Somerset, NJ, USA 10-27-09
    Scott Somerset, NJ, USA 10-27-09
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    "INCREDIBLE LISTEN!!"

    There are few audiobooks that are so good that you feel compelled to listen again after you finish but Replay was that book for me. I didn't re-listen because I missed anything, but because I simply enjoyed it that much. The great question Replay leaves you with is what would you do differently given the chance to relive a portion of your life? It keeps you thinking and that alone is worth a good review, then throw in well crafted characters in the script and you have a classic!! enjoy the listen!

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