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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  25,210 ratings  ·  2,996 reviews
Jeff Winston was 43 and trapped in a tepid marriage and a dead-end job, waiting for that time when he could be truly happy, when he died.

And when he woke and he was 18 again, with all his memories of the next 25 years intact. He could live his life again, avoiding the mistakes, making money from his knowledge of the future, seeking happiness.

Until he dies at 43 and wakes u
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Paperback, 311 pages
Published July 22nd 1998 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1987)
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Trudi Opad This is not a typical time travel book. It's more a book about having the opportunity to do things over again.

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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.

Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.

God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day.

All poetic excerpts in this review are from Auguries of Innocence by W
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George
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book crushed me. It sparked such a deep feeling of loss and regret in me. Made me examine my own life, my own decisions, missteps and regrets and wasted time and opportunities. Life is short, and this book will remind you of that. It will remind you of lost loves and what could have been. It will remind you that life should be lived to the fullest, that you shouldn't ever waste a single day. It will teach you about true loneliness. And finally, it will teach you about acceptance. I loved it ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
(4.5) One of my favorite premises is a character reliving their life over and over. So this book was on my radar.

I really liked Grimwood's take on it as, for once, I could relate with the main character's decisions and he added a nice twist to it.

It did become more philosophical and would recommend it if, as a literary fiction or contemporary reader, you're trying to get into sci-fi.
Nancy
Jan 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of "The Time Traveller's Wife"
I had very high expectations for this 1988 World Fantasy award winner. The main character, 43-year-old Jeff Winston has a heart attack and dies, only to wake up in his college dorm room 25 years earlier with his current memories intact. He "replays" his life several times throughout the book trying to correct the mistakes of his "previous" lives. After the second "replay", I got tired of reading about Winston's miserable life and sexual escapades and wished he would just die and stay that way. T ...more
Lori
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The horse race was good.

I expect that I am just brimful of wealthy self-centered mediocre individuals undeservedly basking in privilege and power. But, all that irksome name dropping worn thin. I get it. There's a disproportionate lack of insignificant villagers in the past lives of people who claim to remember them. Nobody wants to be part of the three serf families that the Rostov's neighbor traded for a dog.

When I'm disengaged and uninterested in the story, it's awfully easy to find low hangi
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Stephen
5.0 stars. I did not go into this book with high expectations, despite the numerous awards this book was nominated for and won. Well I just finished it and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! Calling it the best "time travel" novel ever does not adequately explain the emotional depth of the novel. This was an incredibly well-written, extremely well plotted novel that is at times both gut-wrenching and uplifting. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Nominee: Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Nove
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Eh?Eh!
There was a period of time where I made myself think through what I wanted, realistically, and how to achieve them, ultimately. Were you one of those kids who wanted to set the world on fire and initiate changes for the better, if not for fame then for purpose? I was saddened by how scaled back my plans became once I was a bit ground down by circumstances. Then I set it all aside and half-numbly addressed day-to-day tasks.

Recently, I was in a situation where a man-boy poured his little heart out
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Jeff
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This one’s about time travel.

Now, as a reader of comic books, this phrase has a chilling effect on my brain, because time travel stories are usually (but not always) the last refuge of the unimaginative or gassed out writer, but this book has been sitting on my shelf for a while and heck, because Stephen King wasn’t available, even Dean Koontz has some nice things to say about it on a cover blurb.

The story unfolds like so: Henpecked, depressed dude dies in the middle of a phone call with his wif
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Carol
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a total sucker for time-travel novels, and Replay is a dam clever one filled with unexpected twists and traumatic experiences.

After a fatal heart attack at age 43, Jeff Winston wakes up baffled to learn he is not dead, but a young college student again back in 1963, (no spoiler here) and as he begins to relive his life over and over and over again, he becomes a bit more prepared and curious each time. Wanting to know the cause of this unusual phenomena, he finally stumbles across an interest

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Welwyn Wilton Katz
I read this book for a book club I'm in, and it surprised me that I hadn't heard about it before. I bought the book and I read it and I wanted to like it. There had been a lot of hype when it came out in 1986 and won the World Fantasy Award of 1988. I like fantasy. I write fantasy. But I don't think this book is actually real fantasy. I don't think it's science fiction either. I think it is a failed attempt to write a story where a human being finds redemption through an unusual method.

I feel i
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unknown
With a setup that recalls Groundhog Day and Back to the Future II (a middle-aged man, Jeff, relives his life from age 18 to his "death" at 43 over and over, able to change things each time but never escaping the loop; going back in time gives him a chance to make a fortune betting on horse races), Replay promises to be a fun sci-fi wish fulfillment story, but winds up something else entirely, a wistful meditation on the relentless passage of time and the regrets we all carry about the choices we ...more
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a shame that REPLAY by Ken Grimwood is not more well known. The writing and story are stellar, and this book is still one of my all time favorites.
Iulia
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018, liked
I enjoyed Replay mainly because it is a great example of wish fulfillment. The main character, a middle aged man with a regular job and stuck in a lackluster marriage, gets to go back to his younger body while retaining all the knowledge and wisdom he accumulated during the years. This gives him a huge advantage over everyone else; he has knowledge of the future that can potentially make him rich, he can avoid all the mistakes that lead him to the bleak future he just escaped, and he can enjoy ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012

Jeff Winston is a 43 years old radio journalist, trapped in a tedious job and a dysfunctional marriage, when he gets the chance of a lifetime: when he's having a heart attack, instead of dying he wakes up 25 years earlier, in 1963, with all his memories intact. I don't think there's any person on this planet who, approaching the 50 years milestone, has not fantasized about starting over with the wisdom that only age and experience can grant, and enjoy all the perks a young body and financial for
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Mark
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this on a train journey where I was travelling to meet up with a friend and was very excited about seeing him could have meant that this book would rather have been like 'musac' going on in the background and ought not to have made any real impression but it did. It was a really clever concept of one man who dies of a heart attack at 43 but then keeps reliving the decades leading up to that moment. And each 're-life' is informed by what he has been and done in all his previous incarnatio ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well see Bill Murry is in this small town and for some reason he wakes up there every day and it's the same day. He's living Ground Hog day over and over and he needs to learn....

No wait, that's a movie this is a book. Okay Jeff Winston is 43 years old and he apparently has a heart attack...and wakes up in his old college dorm room 25 years before. He died in 1988 and woke up in 1963.

We now follow the story of his life...his redeath and his reawakening again, and again. While Murry in Ground Hog
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Chloe
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever wanted a do-over
Recommended to Chloe by: Seth Ball
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Replay is a book that had been lingering on my to-read stack for well-nigh three years before I finally got up the gumption to actually crack the cover. Once again I find myself a victim of the too-many-books-too-little-time syndrome which seems to plague all of us various Goodreaders and am kicking myself for waiting so long before reading this eminently enjoyable time travel romp.

I think that one of the reasons I avoided reading this for so long is that it is saddled under the unfortunate umbr
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Diana D
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Животът наистина е една голяма игра с множество неизвестни и точно това го прави вълнуващ. Ето това ни припомня " Игра на Живот" на Кен Гримууд.
Джеф е неудовлетворен мъж на средна възраст, който умира внезапно и на него му е даден "шанс" да надникне зад кулисите на играта и да използва скрити жокери. В крайна сметка, след всичко, през което преминава Джеф, той стига до прозрението, че удоволствието от самата игра се крие в нейните неизвестни и хилядите непознати възможности, които стоят пред нег
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Bill Jr.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Replay one of most interesting and compelling science fiction novels I've ever read. It's cleverness is only exceeded by the book's probing insights into love, values and the human spirit. Replay is a page turner, so be prepared to miss meals and train stops.
Chris
Mar 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone aware that their future self is trapped in the past
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Hayat
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
5+ life affirming Stars
Replay is winner of World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1988)


I absolutely loved this mesmerising book with it's unexpected twists, beautiful romance, intelligent plot and incandescent characters. I read Replay on a whim, without knowing what it's about except that it has something to do with time travel, and now I'm so glad I took a chance on it this summer.

“All life includes loss. It's taken me many, many years to learn to deal with that, and I don't expect I'll ever be
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Ben Babcock
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Rachel
Apr 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: adults wanting a quick, easy, thought-provoking read, but especially American Baby Boomer MEN!
The author does a great job of illuminating the main character's inner dialog and questions about his predicament. At each point in the novel, the protagonist responds to his situation sensibly and/or understandably, demonstrating smarts, will-power, perseverance, and human fallibility (his patience can and does reach a limit). I liked the plot twists and turns ... at least for the first 2/3 of the book, I really had no idea WHAT was going to happen next. I was hoping it wouldn't end the way it ...more
David
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is pure fun. It is a fantasy about Jeff Winston, a middle-age man with a marriage that has turned sour. He suffers a heart attack, and wakes up to find himself 18 years old again, in his college dorm room. He has retained all his memories. He figures out how to relive his life--differently. The story is sort of reminiscent of Groundhog Day, but instead of reliving a single day over and over, Jeff relives many years of his life, again and again.

With each replay of Jeff's life, he takes
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Leo
Jeff Winston, age 43, dies in 1988 at the start of this book. But he doesn't really. He awakes in his college dorm being barely 18 again. Ahead lies the chance to relive his life, change the things that went wrong, all with the future knowledge of what he has lived throughout the years. But 1988 comes again and Jeff dies again. And again and again. And the things he keeps doing in previous lives stop counting. Only he remembers them, but not the people he shared them with. He has to deal with th ...more
Tofu Sauvage
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Andrew Smith
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ok, so I'm a time travel novel addict. This is my tenth in a little over two years and I'm still on the lookout for more! This one is pretty good: the narrative has elements in common with other books I've read (the JFK assassination, how to make money quickly & well, if you get it wrong this time there's always next time...) but, in truth, it never really feels believable in a way the King novel, 11/22/63, does. Still, it's pacy, there are plenty twists and, like all books of this genre, it ...more
Noah Nichols
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are no words in the barrel of my always-expanding vernacular that I could dispatch to properly articulate exactly how much I loved this novel. I am FLOORED! The sadly now deceased Ken Grimwood had a knack for boundless imagination. Replay may have just become my favorite book of all time, so I'll try and specify why in an extensive lovefest that'll soon follow. But for now...I have to finalize a review for one recently read novel I've neglected—Luke, I haven't forgotten you.
Patricija - ReadOff
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked it, but I can't say much or otherwise I'll spoil too much.
Loved the second half of the book and how its explained

More on: https://readoff.wordpress.com/2019/04...
Stuart
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Replay: Imagine reliving your prime years over and over
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Replay is a story that every reader can empathize with. Who wouldn’t want to relive their best years over again, with all their memories intact? Fixing all the mistakes, seizing all the missed opportunities. It’s an irresistible thought, a fantasy of “what ifs”. Replay predates Groundhog Day (1993) by 7 years, and explore the concept in far more depth, taking it to the extreme to examine what gives our
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Ken Grimwood (1944–2003) worked in broadcast journalism for a number of years before retiring in 1988 to write full-time. He wrote five novels, including the award-winning Replay, Breakthrough, and The Voice Outside.
“All life includes loss. It's taken me many, many years to learn to deal with that, and I don't expect I'll ever be fully resigned to it. But that doesn't mean we have to turn away from the world, or stop striving for the best that we can do and be. We owe that much to ourselves, at least, and we deserve whatever measure of good may come of it.” 46 likes
“Jeff," she said, sobbing, "I'm scared! I don't want to die! Not … die forever, and—"
He hugged her tightly, rocked her in his arms and felt his own tears trickle down his face. "Just think of how we've lived. Think of all we've done, and let's try to be grateful for that."
"But we could have done so much more. We could have—"
"Hush," he whispered. "We did all we could. More than either of us ever dreamed when we were first starting out."
She leaned back, searched his eyes as if seeing them for the first time, or the last. "I know," she sighed. "It's just … I got so used to the endless possibilities, the time … never being bound by our mistakes, always knowing we could go back and change things, make them better. But we didn't, did we? We only made things different.”
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