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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 5, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001NDD8MK
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In this story we meet our titular hero, one Jeff Winston, for about 10 pages in the fall of 1988...and then he dies. Then he wakes up back in 1963 as a young man and gradually comes to realize that he's got those 25 years to live over again and this he does with gusto, using his knowledge of the future to build a huge financial fortune.
And then he dies again. And wakes up again back in 1963....
I really liked this book; the take on time travel is interesting and you're always wondering what the heck is CAUSING all this. As he discovers more about how these "replays" work he discovers a couple of other people similarly blessed/afflicted, gets some scientists looking at what could be causing it, and pursues all of the various love interests he might have done if things had been different.
This is a fine book which I enjoyed immensely...I found myself going through it at a blistering pace. Recommended for anybody who enjoys solid time travel yarns. The ending is perhaps a bit of a letdown but I'm not really sure how else it COULD have ended.
Ken Grimwood delivers an incredibly well thought out tale and tackles new possibilities with every replay of his character’s story. Repetitive never becomes boring when the options available to Jeff continue to change, and he as a character evolves from the experience. This is a story about cherishing life and love and the miracle of existence.
Well written and surprisingly accurate in its notions of the future, Grimwood gives us a story of hope tied up in a lot of difficulty and challenge. Jeff’s journey as a character rises and plummets by varying degrees as he searches for meaning in his seemingly endless yet temporally imprisoned existence. The story touches on beauty and hope but does not shy away from the definitely R-rated options also available to someone with plenty of time and very few qualms about repercussions.
Jeff as a character is sometimes admirable and sometimes despicable in his attitudes toward life and the other people in it. He presents an interesting mirror for the reader as we follow along and are forced to wonder what we would change about our lives and about ourselves if we had it to do over again, and again…
This is a five star read containing very adult content. A thought-provoking and ultimately hopeful lesson, it will leave you open to the endless possibilities left to be lived, and treasuring the moments you have left to enjoy them.
The main character in the book is relate-able. I can easily empathize with the character because I'm going through many of the same issues he is. When he's given the opportunity to replay his life and he makes understandable choices. I don't know if those would have been the choices I would have made, but the path he went down was definitely a path that, had I been faced with the same crossroads, would have given heavy weight and consideration to. Some things turn out well and others don't. And I think _that_ is what I was missing from my own speculation; going back and changing things won't necessarily make things better, the'll just be different. I'll know that I missed this pitfall or avoided that tragedy, but that doesn't mean that my life would be perfect.
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