Replay by Ken Grimwood- My Review

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Welcome and thank you for being here with me again today. For all you fans of the time travel genre, I introduce you to a wonderful book, Replay by Ken Grimwood.It is one of the classic books you will find in the category of time travel novels, on my site.

A Strange Comeback – The StoryReplay


In 1988 Jeff Winston a radio journalist, unfortunately, dies from a heart attack at the age of 43. When he dies, something strange happens.

Jeff awakens as a teenager, 18 years old and a student at the Emory University in Atlanta 1963. He remembers everything, all his life from his youth until his death. Jeff tries to avoid his death again, taking care of his health, about his heart situation, but unfortunately again in 1988, he dies.

Jeff returns to 1963, not in the same moment as in the first replay, but a few hours later, and the story is the same. He understands, after several replays, that he can’t prevent his death in 1988.

The only thing he can do is to change the events that happen before his heart attack.

Meeting his soul mate, Pamela


In one of his replay, she notices one movie named ‘Starsea’ that became a great success, written and produced by an unknown filmmaker Pamela Philips.

She chose Steven Spielberg (as director) and George Lucas (as special effects supervisor) before they were famous. In the other replays, this film didn’t exist and Jeff starts to think that Pamela is also a re-player.

He finds Pamela and he asks her some questions that only somebody who had seen the future would know, about future films. Convinced now that she is experiencing the same thing, Jeff makes her tell the truth.

Finally, they fall in love and they think it was their destiny to meet, that they are soul mates. There is one problem, though, the replays start to be shorter and shorter.

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They decide to find if there are other re-players and the couple place cryptic messages in the newspapers that only somebody who knows the future would understand.

At some point, after many answers that didn’t help them, a man sends them a letter and he surely knows the future. 🙂 When they locate him, he was in a psychiatric hospital.

When he starts to say that aliens had forced him to kill people, Pamela understands why he was there, even if the stuff he was saying was not paying attention to his future predictions.

In a later replay, Jeff and Pamela decide to make their experience public.

They tell the media things from the future, making predictions about future events in detail.

The government forces them to tell them foreign future activities, political and military details. In the beginning, Jeff helps but when he sees that major things change the future, he refuses to talk any further.

Of course, the government doesn’t take kindly to this and both of them are imprisoned and forced to reveal the future.

The End or the Beginning?

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The replays are shorter every time and Jeff and Pamela are afraid that’s maybe this is the last one. But this time Jeff has a heart attack and he manages to survive.

He calls Pamela and he finds out that she also survives and she confirms to him that everything wasn’t a dream.

Now, Jeff doesn’t know if they will meet again or not and again… the future is unknown.

Few words about


The book was published in January 1986 and won the World Fantasy Award in 1988 and was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award.

Ken Grimwood died at the age of 59 in 2003 from a heart attack. Can you believe that?

Anyway, at that point, he was working on a sequel to Replay.

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In 2010, there was planning in place to make a movie adaptation. The screenplay was written by Jason Smilovic and Ben Affleck was to star.

Later on, in 2011, Robert Zemeckis was in talks with Warner Bros to direct the movie but as we know, until 2016, no adaptation has been done.

Summarywhat if


The way Jeff changes his life every time will make you surely think about your own life and ask yourself …what if….?

His replays are so different, in one he is rich, in another, he is involved with drugs… in one he even changes world history… but each one teaches him something.

He understands that not only money matters and he tries every time to live differently.

So what would you change if you could live again the last 20 years of your life?

One thing I learned from his last replay is the past does not matter, you should always look forward. You can make your own destiny!

Replay was a big success and hundreds of people are on the fan sites of replay having the same dream.

In ‘The Los Angeles Times’ David Brin says:

Replay features one of the most thorough explorations of a theme one might ever hope to find. The book challenges us to take fresh views of that inexorable force, time.

So, thank you for reading my review and I would love to know your opinions.

Any questions and comments are welcome 🙂

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Cristina Boros
I have always been interested in time travel. From a very young age I was forever watching movies that would take me back in time.

I would love to hear from all of you who are also interested in this subject. Movies? Science? Book? Literature?

Whatever your interest is, I would love to meet you.


  1. Robert

    Hi Chrisina! Wow that is an awesome story. It reminds me a bit of Groudhog Day but in that movie I think the character only has a single day that gets replayed over and over. So, this character has 25 years at a time… hmm, that is both a long time and not a long time.

    It’s tempting to get rich off the foreknowledge and then go and do other things with the financial freedom. Maybe I’d go exploring… yeah I think I’d go and do that. That’s what freedom is about for me, and if I knew about fun or amazing events that were going to happen it would be possible to be there in advance. It would be really fun to keep replaying 25 years like that… at least for a while! I wonder how old the character was when he finally survived his heart attack?

    It was very curious to hear about the author’s heart attack. It makes you wonder if he went back himself, right? Probably not but it’s the idea that counts 🙂

    A film adaptation sounds like a challenge. I hope it goes well.

    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      yes this is what i first thought too:) Was he a replayer?:) thanks for reading and i am happy that you enjoyed it:)

  2. Nahim

    The plot of the story sounds great. I mean, some dude dies then he suddenly appears as a college student. It really catches my attention. Sounds like a very unique concept, or at least it does for me. When I think about the author it just makes me wonder what was he thinking when he wrote this book, I mean it is great.

    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      i am glad that you enjoyed it and I am sure you will love the book:)it is really a captivating plot.As the site develop will be moe interesting reviews :))

  3. Vicki

    This sounds like it would be an interesting book, but I am wondering if it gets to be a bore after so many replays? I will be honest with you, I was bored with Groundhog Day. I love to read these kinds of books, but I’m just not sure it’s one for me. Does the story change enough each time that you think it would keep my interest?

    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      yes, of course,is a different kind of life, totally . i think you will enjoy it . I didn’t read Groundhog day but i will and i will tell you my opinion.:))thanks for reading:))

  4. Rock

    Hi Cristina,

    This sounds like a very interesting story. I always wonder what my future will be, 10, 15, 30 years from now. Weird enough it puzzles me the way how I’ll leave this world. It would have been great if everyone can have that chance to go back and re-live the moments all over again. Anyhow, this story reminds me that death is inevitable and to always make the most of our time at the moment. I hope to see the movie adaptation soon.

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      yes, the important is to live every moment of our lives. Not only to exist! the important is to give attention to small and simple things that matter and to LIVE. thanks for reading 🙂

  5. Jordan

    That sounds intriguing!

    My sister is an avid writer, and I used to dabble in it as well – I’ve always had an ever-growing appreciation and love for creativity and original ideas like this. It’s definitely thought-provoking.

    Imagine how much we could learn to live our lives the best, to the fullest, and pouring the most value into others if we were able to replay it, over and over, and learn more each time.

    By the way, I recently watched a movie called Edge of Tomorrow. Have you ever seen or heard of it? It’s a sci-fi adventure movie starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and has a theme that, in some ways, is really similar. Or there’s always, as other people have mentioned here… Groundhog Day!

    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      yes i did watch Edge of tomorrow and Groundhog day. Both of them nice films:) I agree with you, if we could replay and remember last life, we would learn many things, we would do a better scenario or not? maybe is this impossible? Maybe finally same things will happen, same result? 

      Thanks for reading and I am here for any question you have. See you.



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