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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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    CC 10-07-16
    CC 10-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow"

    Really loved this one. I've always considered the good ideas of living your life over again, but never considered the bad. This story played with lots of it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful book, worthy of all its praise."

    I can add little to what has been said about "Replay" in the past 25+ years since it was published, except to comment that, while it has been compared many times to "Groundhog Day," it is actually more similar (in my mind) to characters in Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series: Bergitte Silverbow and Gaidal Cain, starcrossed lovers who are endlessly reborn, and with each new life much search each other out so that they may reunite yet again. Sadly, the author of "Replay", Ken Grimwood, died in 2003 at the age of 59. I like to think of Ken back into his teens during the 60s, betting on the Kentucky Derby and the '63 World Series, preparing to write a sequel to "Replay," perhaps suggesting an explanation for the miracle of reincarnation for a select few people.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Charlotte, NC, United States 01-16-10
    Eileen Charlotte, NC, United States 01-16-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book!"

    This has long been one of my favorite books, so I was delighted to finally find it available in audio. It is not great literature, but it does make the listener think "what if...?" and consider your options if you had a "do over." It's well written and narrated, and well worth a listen.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 06-10-09
    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 06-10-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting 3.5 read"

    How would you live your life if you could start it over again?
    Replay certainly makes you think about the choices we all make, and the events that form hinges in our lives. If we had our time again, would things be better, would we make smarter choices, or would things just be different, would we just value and cherish what we have with more love and care? Did the author of Time Travellers wife read this - I think so.........Its an interesting read, and should certainly keep you engaged for a long journey.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 04-21-09
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 04-21-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally Awesome Concept!!!!"

    Iv'e been using audible for a few years now! As if it were a drug for me; It is an addiction that has probably been more expensive than a cheap drug habit would have been. As such, I know a good book when I listen, and this is one of the best sci-fi books that I have listened to yet. It is a totally addicting novel, and it is a fantasy that every one at one point or another has had. I won't say much more because I don't want to spoil the plot. Equally, I didn't know what to expect from it when I bought it, but I was totally suprised by how great the book was. Over the last few years Audible.com has gotten so many great science fiction books on the market that it is hard to keep up with what is the latest and greatest; all I can say is don't miss this book. I have listened to ten or so sci-fi books in the last couple of months and I haven't written any reviews, but for this particular book I don't think any one should miss out on having this one pointed out and recomended from the pack.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    John Menlo Park, CA, United States 01-21-09
    John Menlo Park, CA, United States 01-21-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Ordinary"

    After listening to this book I felt a little "suckered" by the prior effusive reviews. Great concept, yes, I'll give them that. Execution? Well, eh. I found it ironic that a book about time travel has aged SO poorly since 1988 that it is difficult to listen to through the end. It read like cheap, throwaway paperback fiction of the 1980's, which in a sense, maybe it was.

    One other thing: I am by no means prudish about such things but I found the constant insertion of sex scenes really distracting (as they were usually unnecessary) to the narrative. It felt like the writer had a counter . . . "it's been twenty pages . . . time for another sex scene!"

    I wouldn't describe them as misogynistic as another reviewer did, I just thought it was bad writing.

    Overall, while a great concept, and thought provoking in that sense, I would not recommend this book.

    46 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    ZEN6888 12-09-16
    ZEN6888 12-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "1988 World Fantasy Award for good reason!"
    If you could sum up Replay in three words, what would they be?

    Touches your soul


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very interesting story concept, great writing, the main characters are fleshed out in a way rarely ever done. A very touching and interesting story. I was very sad to read that at age 59, Grimwood died of a heart attack in his home in Santa Barbara, California. At the time of his death, he was writing a sequel to Replay.


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

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    How am I just now finding this book? This story should be more popular than it is, it could be an incredible movie. A real shame considering all the rehashed garbage we keep seeing from the movie industry.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 02-15-10
    Benjamin 02-15-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Awesome story, but difficult to listen to"

    The premise and ultimate theme of this novel are profound. I found myself making excuses to get in the car and listen to more.

    My only gripe is the narration. The narrator is outstanding in other contexts. But in this one, I felt like he was barely suppressing a laugh the entire time, like the book was a comedy. I found this to be distracting in light of the profound sadness and sense of loss that the author was trying to convey.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    A. Klym Kennewick, WA USA 07-03-16
    A. Klym Kennewick, WA USA 07-03-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Repeat"

    I've "replayed" this book a second time after reading it on paper years ago. It was a few years back that I listened to it a first time. It's still great!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 11-16-11
    Amazon Customer United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Much better than I had expected!"

    I read all the reviews before I downloaded this one, and I expected a good listen, but it turned out much better than I had expected. I was initially delighed when I heard that familiar voice that I associated with "Old Man's War." After a kind of slow start, the story grabbed me and I fell in love with the characters. The story really tugs at your heart and the love and loss and sadness was profound. I'd recommend this to anyone! Of course some of the younger listeners might not relate to some of the events, since the periods covered are from 1963 to 1988, but even if you were born after 1988, I think you would still enjoy the book. The humanity of it is classic. I suspect that the guy who wrote that one bad review complaining about placing bets and making money with knowledge of the future never got past the first couple of chapters. There is so much more to this book than that.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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