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The Time Keeper | [Mitch Albom]

The Time Keeper

From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

The man who became Father Time.

In Mitch Albom's newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world--now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began--and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Told in Albom's signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.

©2012 Mitch Albom, Inc. (P)2012 Hyperion

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    Jamie Nanaimo, BC, Canada 03-12-14
    Jamie Nanaimo, BC, Canada 03-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    Easy listen, however, it didn't do much for me. I feel like because it's Mitch Albom, and Tuesdays with Morrie, and/or The Five People you meet in Heaven were such great books, that I need to give all his books a chance, but they never measure up. If you're into easy breezy effortless listens, then this is the book for you. However, if you're only reading this because you liked the above books by the author and hoping this will measure up, move on, it wont.

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    Michael Buck Rocklin, CA, United States 11-19-13
    Michael Buck Rocklin, CA, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Your perception of time will forever be changed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this audiobook to several friends. Dan Stevens performance is stunning, and the storyline evocative.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Keeper?

    The ending...of course, but throughout the story, the philosophical portrayal of time mind bending.


    What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Dan Stevens is a master of characters/voices. Beautifully done! His pacing, and intonation are perfection.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Time Keeper and why?

    Beside the main character Dor, and the 2 supporting characters, I have to say that the small portrayal of Victor's wife was touching. Reall all of characters are very memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I would not have picked up the book to read. A story about time? While I have read Mitch Albom before, I would not have seeked this one out. But listening to the story changes the perception of how the story unfolds in my mind. And Dan Stevens is to be commended for his flawless performance. "What do you know about time?" "It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be."

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    Michelle Jones klamath falls, OR 11-19-13
    Michelle Jones klamath falls, OR 11-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Marvelous Story Performed Brilliantly"
    Would you listen to The Time Keeper again? Why?

    I will listen to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Keeper?

    It's more a theme than a moment - the main character's enduring love for and dedication to his wife


    Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

    Dor


    If you could rename The Time Keeper, what would you call it?

    The name is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it already!

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    Jennifer Flagstaff, AZ, United States 09-18-13
    Jennifer Flagstaff, AZ, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Gem!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Time Keeper the most enjoyable?

    I love Mitch Albom books and this one was no disappointment. It's an incredibly intriguing story and a smooth and interesting listen. I highly recommend it.


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    Chris North Monmouth, ME, United States 09-04-13
    Chris North Monmouth, ME, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "good thinker"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Keeper to be better than the print version?

    Mitch Albom hits home again with a good life lesson. I love the cadance of this book and the diversity of characters. You will be able to identify with one of the many characters in this book.


    What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Good different voices


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    steves145 08-01-13
    steves145 08-01-13 Member Since 2007
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    What did you like best about The Time Keeper? What did you like least?

    Best was the ending. The worst was the slow movement and wondering manner it went into time. I felt the author was trying to meet the requirements for covering the short story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mitch Albom? Why or why not?

    I would but if it was along the same lines of this one being written I would probably write the author off.


    What does Dan Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A good pace and delivery of the book. He would do justice to many other authors.


    Did The Time Keeper inspire you to do anything?

    not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I came very close to marking this book as a mistaken pick.

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    Trish Virginia 05-19-13
    Trish Virginia 05-19-13 Member Since 2005

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Short But Sweet!!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book--the story was simple, but very well written. And the narration was excellent. It's a short one, but well worth the listen!

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    C. Cook Wales, MA United States 03-24-13
    C. Cook Wales, MA United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Clever story; have to keep listening!"
    Would you listen to The Time Keeper again? Why?

    Would not listen again -- not my style. Listen once, that's all I need.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very clever and thoughtful story line. Kept wondering where it was going and how it would turn out.


    What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Good job.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Time Keeper and why?

    Can't remember; listened a while ago.


    Any additional comments?

    A nice twist on how we think of time and time travel.

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    Heidi Tewksbury, MA, United States 03-04-13
    Heidi Tewksbury, MA, United States 03-04-13
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    "Insightful with crisp wit"
    Would you listen to The Time Keeper again? Why?

    Yes, this is a story that deserves a spot in anyone's library. It encourages internal and external reflections and allows for a fresh perspective with each read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Keeper?

    The joining of three unlikely strangers separate from the constraints of time.


    Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

    Dan Stevens' performance as Sarah Lemon, a lost teenage girl seeking purpose is not only believable but commendable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I fought the urge to rebel when the flight attendant asked for all electronics to be shut down.


    Any additional comments?

    Another win for Albom

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    Belimcdowell Liberty Township, OH, United States 03-02-13
    Belimcdowell Liberty Township, OH, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Short and Sweet"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was short and sweet. The message at the end is very good.


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