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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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    Tyler HARTFORD, MI, United States 02-06-15
    Tyler HARTFORD, MI, United States 02-06-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Overly philosophical and unsatisfying"

    I really liked the premise and the movements of this book. However the ending was very unsatisfying. Much of the book is taken up with philosophical rambling that gets boring if not for the interest of trying to figure out the how the main character got in the situation.

    So when the book ends with no explanation it left me annoyed and frustrated. Also there are some really large jumps in the story that are sometimes confusing.

    One other thing that bothered me was that there is way too much sex in this book. Which is a funny thing to say but for many portions of the book it's like one sex scene to the next. And since they didn't feel real or natural it felt like the author just likes writing sex scenes. Not to mention the main character seems to be able to sleep with any and every girl that he talks to. Often within one conversation. I mean seriously, most of the sex scenes in the book felt fake and put in for cheap thrills.

    There were some interesting parts but overall not worth the listen. Despite a great reader the story is just too philosophical and unsatisfying.

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    Bart 02-05-15
    Bart 02-05-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A very good story !"

    Great book with great characters. Good flow, finished in no time. Both sad and joyfull.

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    Stupid Tom NW Suburban Chicago 01-17-15
    Stupid Tom NW Suburban Chicago 01-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "really enjoyed this book"

    it took new twists and turns just when I need it to and I was a fan of the performer as well. great listen.

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    Wild Wise Woman Atlanta, GA, United States 10-21-14
    Wild Wise Woman Atlanta, GA, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2012

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    "An original classic"

    I was reading a book a day back in 1986, so I have no idea how I missed this novel. I'm so glad that it was featured in a recent Audible sale and that the write-up sounded promising. Grimwood's story is meticulously well-researched and nicely told. It is a romantic tale, in the end, and a lilting fantasy which focuses neither on hard-science nor heavenly influence, and in that it offers somethiing for everyone. The age of the novel and the passing (in 2003) of the author excuse (barely) its vague misogyny; shallow, idiotic women were the norm in science fiction for generations. But all of the characters in Replay are heavily-sentimental, so maybe that's just me, overreacting. William Dufris does a fine job voicing the characters.

    Anyway, if anyone ever wonders where Stephen King get ideas like the one he had for 11.22.63, I have a good idea!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Prime Time MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 07-21-14
    Prime Time MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved keeping track of the lives!"

    Great book!! Loved keeping track of the lives and how Jeffery Winston chose to live each of them. The concept of reliving the same life over and over was very thought provoking and I am sure I will remember this book as a standout. Highly recommend!

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    Patty Mc 05-19-14
    Patty Mc 05-19-14
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    "Good story"
    What made the experience of listening to Replay the most enjoyable?

    The subject was interesting to me. It seems like he dealt with time travel or reincarnation in a different way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Replay?

    Close to the end where their life was repeated over and over until time moved past the first death.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    He has a good vocal quality. I could actually visualize the characters and scenes.


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

    It made me wonder about the afterlife and what happens at the end. In some ways it was more frightening than an actual horror story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book held my interest until the end. Some books get a little to wordy or technical and difficult to follow. I usually listen while I am exercising, walking or driving and can't always give my full attention to every word. This book had clear imagery and the descriptions of people and places, made it perfect for an audible book. At least for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Marks 05-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Not your usual time travel."

    I like time travel books, but this is not the usual. It doesn't get caught up in any loop de loops or scientific paradox crap. Great story, characters and fun.

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    Megan Marske Mooresville, NC USA 04-26-14
    Megan Marske Mooresville, NC USA 04-26-14
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    "So thought provoking"
    What did you love best about Replay?

    The humanity of all of the characters, how they weren't perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise is something we all wish for, so it was enjoyable seeing him go through life making different choices.


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    Fletch South Carolina 04-08-14
    Fletch South Carolina 04-08-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Will never think of time the same way again"

    First, I want to thank Stephen King. Had he not written such a brilliant book ("11-22-63"), I would not have sought out other time-themed books and found this one.

    Up until "Replay" I believed that Stephen King's book was the best treatment of time "travel" I had red/listened to and one of the best audio books I had enjoyed overall. Now, Ken Grimwod's "Replay" is right up there with Mr. King.

    At first, the book seems almost like the pattern King might have used for his book. I won't offer any spoilers here, but if you have read "11-22-63" you will know what I mean within the first couple of hours of "Replay." However, Grimwood's take on living in the past is so novel and, in the end, so different, that any resemblance to the King book is quickly forgotten. (Note that "11-22-63" was released 20+ years after "Replay").

    Some books are so formulaic that you can see what's coming. Grimwood fools you into thinking that you know what's coming, but then takes you in a completely different direction. After being fooled the first time, just stop guessing and enjoy the ride.

    This book is gripping, but not just tension-filled. It's focus isn't always on "what would you do if you could live part of your life over and over" but on what happens to the characters when they do things differently.

    It's hard to say more without giving the plot away. What I can say is that it's a great book that I highly recommend.

    William Dufris does a very good job as well. His voices don't vary significantly, but he does a fine job of capturing emotions.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JS Colorado, United States 04-02-14
    JS Colorado, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2008
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    "What if you could do it all over."
    Where does Replay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best. I read this book when it came out and always remembered it but not the name. I stumbled on it when Audible had a 2 for 1 deal going and was hooked all over again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jeff. As he keeps reliving his life, he tries so hard to get it right despite all the loss.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If you could live your life again what would you change?


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