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Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (62 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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bit dull

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

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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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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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Brilliant

Loved loved loved this book. The narrator was fantastic and the story fantastic! I wish there were more books written by this author. ❤️

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An unusually good book

A well trodden theme brilliantly and innovatively brought to life through the author craft and the excellence of the books narrator.

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Amazing!

This book was absolutely brilliant. Characters amazing, narrator did a fantastic job. I was hooked on this and didn’t want it to end!

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Absolutely enthralling!

One of the deepest and richest time travel novels with a really great plot and a couple of unexpected twists and superb attention to detail! Hard to believe it was first published in 1986! The story is so well written that I didn’t pick up on the age of the novel until I researched the author. Unfortunately Ken Grimwood is no longer with us however I am looking forward to reading more of his work only just now discovering his talents. This novel Replay is well worth a listen!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chia
  • 29-03-2019

Had a hard time likeing the characters

I liked the premise of the story but the actions and characters made it really hard for me to like and connect with them.

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  • htspider
  • 19-11-2019

A bit drawn out but comes good in the end.

I struggled with the early middle part of this book. It is quite drawn out and takes a long time to warm up, but gets there in end and I enjoyed the final chapters. If you listen at night it's an easy book to fall asleep to...

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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!