A quick head's up regarding the copy protection others have commented on - seeing as Amazon lump reviews under multiple releases - it is worth noting that (for some reason) there is no copy protection on the CD included in the "Double Disc Digipack CD + DVD-A" version, admittedly at a much greater cost. Unless copy protection has been added to newer printings, my disc is from 2012.
In my opinion this is the best of the best compilation of REM'sgreatest hits. I liked it because it includes hits such as Man on the Moon, Losing my Religion, Daysleeper,The Sidewinder sleeps Tonite, the beautiful and haunting Everybody Hurts and Nightswimming. There are other REM compilations availalbe which will contain some but not all of the above hits. From my point of view these songs are essential for a Best Of .... compilation. I have had this compilation for about a month now and it has given me endless listening pleasure. I think The Best of REM In TIme 1988-2003 more than deserves the 5 star rating.