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Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jeff Winston's life is not how he imagined it would be.  

An unhappy marriage and unrewarding job - and then he died. Aged 43. And woke up again, back in his college room, in 1963, age 18. With all his memories intact. If he applies those memories, he can be rich - he can have anything he wants - in this new chance at life.  

Until he dies at 43 and wakes up in his 18-year-old body again...and again in a continuous 25-year cycle, each time starting from scratch at the age of 18 to reclaim lost loves, make a fortune or remedy past mistakes. And then, in one replayed life, he meets a woman who knows all too well what he is experiencing.   

Replay is a novel of gripping adventure, romance and fascinating speculation on the nature of time. Replay asks the question, 'What if you could live your life over again?'  

©2019 Ken Grimwood (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Too much soft porn.

I wanted a time travel novel and got porn. While this time travel story is more of a re-living of one's life, there's a lot more that's added which could have been cut out.
I had to skip many moments of the book when it started to read soft porn to me and I just thought it wasn't necessary and had too much of it. It does nothing to propel the story forward and felt like the writer had put it in because it was his only chance to talk about through every step of sex for the sake of it. The amount of times I had to skip these annoying parts almost made me want to return the book and get my credit back.
Apart from that, the story was interesting enough to keep reading. Sometimes I wondered why so much useless information was given to me that we never went back to. It felt like the story wasn't going anywhere for a while but it picked up at the end.
Not sure if its worth reading but I didn't hate it.

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The main character is an A-hole.

This one started off interesting. A lot of unnecessary sexual conduct. I don’t mind that, but in this case it was just not needed. The story didn’t call for it.

The main issue I had with this character was that he just moves onto whomever is next to him. His life motto would be, ‘if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with’ but not in a good way.

The why of this story is left open to interpretation but mostly ignored. This was a good concept poorly executed. Narration was excellent though.

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More of a thought experiment than a story wrth it

There isnt much to solve, as there is to understand. Its like playing a game that is the mcs life while making several key choices which determine the ending. There arnt any explorations into the flow on effect/butterfly effect and the MC wastes all of his time. He has the entire world at his fingertips, he could funnel hundreds of millions into research and development and learn the results to bring to the future. yet all that is redeemed from the entire collective consciousness of humanity is an experienced killer, an artist and a writer...

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Awesome

loved it just wished ending was different, how I don't know......maybe they could of got together again?

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Argh the ending!!!!

Really intriguing storyline, but ugh the ending ruined it for me! The story raised thought-provoking and gripping questions that I desperately wanted answered, unfortunately the storyline became more about the relationship between the main characters and didn't answer some of the fundamental questions it initially asked.

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bit dull

was a fraction boring for me and the narrator sounded smug. no definitive reason for anything either

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I almost passed it up...

I don't know what it is, but I don't like reading old books or watching old movies. When I realised this book was written 33 years ago I almost returned it... I'm so glad I didn't. This book is phenomenal and I really got attached to the characters. Recommended!

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Fast forward replay

I liked the way it started off, but felt like it went on for too long and was getting nowhere. Without giving up too much of the story, I was hoping there would be an explanation of why, but it did not. By the time I finished half of the book, I wanted to fast forward sections of chapters to reach the end. So, I was disappointed that I was left with questions that did not get answered even at the end.

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A time loop with a twist

I loved the way the author looks at the human condition and mental health of the time travellers

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Loved it

Intrigued by the premise, and rewarded with a darn good story which was neatly written, imaginative and interesting. The big question which cloaked the entire story kept me guessing and made this a title I couldn’t put down.

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  • per erik loeff
  • 04-01-2020

Great!

I am a science fiction /alternative reality fan on my heart (alternative reality = Dark Tower series by Stephen King etc) so this book ruled. It became so much more than I expected! So I will recommend it wildly! (Also Dark Tower, I think you will enjoy it if you like this! The movie is ruining the story btw.)

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  • Dean Van Es
  • 17-07-2019

What a great book!

What a nice surprise, one of those rare books I just couldn't put down, absolutely lived it.

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  • Erik Gjessing
  • 11-07-2019

One of the best books I've ever listened to

A great story with a great narrator. A beautiful book about the delicacy of life and the struggle to make the most out of it.

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  • Pepps
  • 25-02-2019

A True Classic of Science Fiction

Wonderful book examining the Time Travel genre. A proper grown up novel!
Replay starts slowly and builds it’s momentum, though not ever frenetic, it instils a real need to find out what happens next.
It draws out the story in such a superbly written style, you will enjoy not only the story but the beautiful way it is told
One piece of advice I would add is, don’t give up on it in the first couple of chapters, persevere, it is worth it

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  • Mr. B. R. Masterman
  • 09-08-2019

Brilliant original story

So glad I bought this book. A little like Ground Hog Day but with a life span rather than a day.
Hope there will be a sequel.

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  • N. Hill
  • 05-05-2019

Wonderfully Rich

The ability to combine an initiative take on a well explored genre with such a descriptive and compelling world the characters find themselves living in is truly immersive. One of favourite reads of all time. Finished this in two sittings. Books like this are all too rare a treat.

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  • Daran G. Rowlands
  • 18-03-2019

Great concept - slightly disappointing ending

Won’t spoil it for anyone but the book had me intrigued all the way through, the ending was a bit of a let down as I was expecting more in terms of answers.

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  • Miss Ruth
  • 24-02-2019

Epic!!!!

I absolutely loved this book, listened to it in two days and hated having to take breaks.
Best time travel book I've read.
Gone straight into my top books of all time.
I usually start another straight away, but I feel like I need time to settle down after finishing this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-2019

Finished in 22 hours...

Listened to this book in 2 sittings, over 22 hours. What an incredible insight into the human condition of love, loss, regret and ‘what if.’ One of my most engrossing and engaging reads ever and incredibly intellectual, whilst being entertaining via a great performance. Can’t recommend enough.

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  • Len
  • 30-04-2019

inevitably overly sentimental

Good premise if not original. Starts well but there are only so many times a life can be relived without it becoming boring and the journey becoming internal and ultimately depressing and futile.
Managed to finish but it was a bit of a slog. Nothing surprising .
Narrator was reasonable .

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  • Mark
  • 22-05-2020

A fresh twist on time travel

I think that we have all thought that we would do things differently if we had our time again. This book explores that idea to the greatest extent possible.

The protagonist was interesting. The author has allowed him to have flaws and he feels very human.

Thoughtful and fresh SF, well worth the time.

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  • David Cooke
  • 17-11-2019

well done to the writer

interesting story and i loved the go between of all the characters.

some "rude" and sexy parts which weren't needed but still it spiced it up a bit.
can easily listen to a 2nd part!

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  • Andy Dawson
  • 05-11-2019

An unexpected gem

How have I managed to miss this? A quite magical story - not lyrical in style, but a story of a love extending over many lifetimes. It takes a simple idea and builds it into a saga.

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