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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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    Ocean State Prime Cumberland, RI, United States 08-20-17
    Ocean State Prime Cumberland, RI, United States 08-20-17 Member Since 2012

    Poorly edited books bug me.

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    "did not enjoy"

    Fought my way through this repetitive, exceedingly boring book in the hopes that the ending would justify. Negative on that; it's pointless. At places the story drifts to soft porn; uninteresting. Became tired of Dufris's narration; will be avoiding him in the future.

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    Brian P 08-20-17
    Brian P 08-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't finish first chapter"

    The narrator's tone and cadence was SO off putting I couldn't finish the first chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert S. Austin, TX 08-20-17
    Robert S. Austin, TX 08-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Story, Unrealized Potential"

    I'd usually refer to this kind of thing as a "Groundhog Day" book, but it was written almost a decade before the Bill Murray movie. It feels both unfocused and too short, like the kind of book that wasn't outlined ahead of time where the author jumps to whatever interests him without any clear idea of where he's going. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but there does seem to be a lot of unrealized potential. The book would probably work better as a TV series (maybe JJ Abrams should option it — it seems like the kind of thing he would dig).

    But I found myself enjoying the book and asking myself questions as I went along. The author has to make a lot of big choices in this semi-alt-history world and some of them work better than others. Without getting into spoilers, some choices seem like complete cop-outs whereas others don't quite make sense and others still come across as awfully convenient.

    The book is a little preachy and doesn't earn the big emotions that it's going for, but I did enjoy it and found it entertaining. It has flaws, but that's par for the course when producing something so ambitious and far-reaching. Still, it's frustrating to see so much unrealized potential.

    The audiobook is narrated well, and the author's relatively simple prose makes it easy to follow, even while navigating traffic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 08-19-17
    Julie 08-19-17

    Retired rancher and avid reader with a wide range of interests

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    "Poignant and thoughtful"
    What other book might you compare Replay to and why?

    I compared it to King's 11-22-63 and found it much better, as in this book the entire book didn't depend on the character always making the worst decisions possible.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    On the whole, I liked it, but his mispronunciation of some words was jarring. It might be regional thing, but I have never heard "Savannah" pronounced "Savonnah". I gave him a little credit for pronouncing the French word "merci" as "mercy" because he was quoting an American ex-pat who might have pronounced it that way, but later when he was listing men's magazines he named "Oui" as "Ooey". Baseball fans might have a hard time dealing with "Joe Peppitonay" and "Cletus Boyea". I know I did. He didn't mangle words as badly as some narrators, but he clearly didn't read the book first and look up proper pronunciations before starting to narrate.

    Aside from that, he has a nice voice and timing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It surprised me by its poignancy, as the characters had to suffer so much loss and then face having to risk the same kinds of loss again.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book more than I thought I would, and found it more thoughtful and realistic, if such a thing can be called "realistic" than some other books with similar themes. There were a couple of time-line issues---- he had his characters talking about pantyhose before they were invented, for example---but I liked the book and the narration seemed to fit the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-19-17
    Jennifer 08-19-17 Member Since 2007

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    "What's the right question?"

    Good sci-fi is usually inspired by a philosophical question. "What would you do if you had it to do over again knowing what you know now?" is not a philosophical question at first, but a personal one. Initially, it's about living well, having money, freedom, goals, love. All the youthful regrets can be undone, and all the youthful disadvantages turned into advantages. But what if all that you achieve is erased? Nietzsche's eternal recurrence, Camus' Myth of Sisyphus, Socrates' unexamined life....everything you do ultimately comes to an end, no matter what you do. How do you live in that circumstance? The answer to the question makes this novel worth listening to. It's not profound, but it is interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 08-19-17
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 08-19-17 Member Since 2010

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    "fun novel!"

    This novel is similar to Groundhog Day, except the protagonist, Jeff, repeats 25 years of his life again and again. It seemed a bit predictable at the start, but still enjoyable. It became less predictable and more interesting as the story continued. I won't drop any spoilers here, but there were enough twists and turns to satisfy me. There was romance and drama. This was fun, summer fiction. It was a good time for me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lynda smith Asheville, nc 08-18-17
    lynda smith Asheville, nc 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "not my usual genre. i took a lucky risk"
    Would you listen to Replay again? Why?

    no probably not because I'm just not a repeater, or a replayer


    What other book might you compare Replay to and why?

    beartown.
    I like long books that seamlessly hold my attention. I easily drift because I listen to books on long runs. this one kept me focused


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

    not sure


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried. the endling is inevitable, not devastating, but just.....sad


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a "time travel" reader. or anything that hints at sci-fi. but this book really kept my attention. very very entertaining.
    the narration was seamless. like, you are not aware of it....which for me, is ideal

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great story !!!"

    was a great story with great characters. what would you do if u could live your life all over again, n again, n again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Magnet Dallas, TX 08-17-17
    Magnet Dallas, TX 08-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Unique"

    I really enjoyed this! It has a very unique perspective. And several unexpected plot twists.

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    Makini I Austin 08-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the listen"
    What did you love best about Replay?

    The premise of the story was fascinating. This was a time travel story with a twist and it was well conceptualized.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wanted to know what happened next.


    What three words best describe William Dufris’s voice?

    I have to use more than 3. His attempts at female voices were TERRIBLE; the only thing worse were his attempts at accents.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing got way too existential at some points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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