I started reading this on the plane the other day and I ended up finishing it the same day. It takes a little while to get going, about 100 pages, but after that you won't be able to put it down. Apparently, many of the other readers here were greatly affected by the book. It really is a wonderful story. I have a very low tolerance for preachiness and false niceness which is all too common in popular novels. However, the words and ideas in this book ring true. The experiences seem very real, not created by the author simply to force his views on life on us. If I had any criticism of the book, its that I wish he had explored the boundaries of the replay condition more fully. But its still a wonderful book and I'm sure in ten years I'll remember its message while forgetting any quibbles I have about it.