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
Loved this book. I had it on my list for a long time and finally listened to it. It is a prospective on time and on our lives which is touching and worth the listen.
Quite possibly the best story ever read to me. Story must be heard and Dan Stevens truly brought the characters to life. This was also my first ebook having believed in reading an actual book was part of the experience. Now I am sold on Audible.
The story begins rather slowly - I considered stopping. It's well written, and makes the reader contemplate his own life choices. Many deep phrases are included that cause introspection. Over all, I'm glad I bought it. The narration was very good, although he has a bit of trouble with female voices, which could be an issue in tales with more female characters. Loosely compares to It's a Beautiful Life or A Christmas Story: not time travel.
Value every moment
Great story for adults in the car and when you can get high school kids to stop playing video games and really listen with great interest as well that's even better. The fact the high school kids were upset when we got to the hotel for the night and the story was not over and they wanted to stay in the car even longer was even more impressive Mitch! I would call this one of those family TIMES I will always remember, We thank you Mitch for giving us that family memory and a great way to start a vacation.
Feeling the experience of the story.
It made me realize and value the moment I was in a whole lot more.
Mitch covers life's simple core values that often go by us without notice. In an age that values how fast we can move forward, it was a great reminder that life is really about the journey.
I wish I could listen to this story again for the first time! Such a beautiful story with such a long-lasting effect. This story changed the way I view life. Everyone should take time to listen and understand the deeper meaning of how precious time is to this life.
I have a degree in English Literature and I really appreciate thought-provoking, lovingly-crafted tales. I think this book would appeal to people who don't mind meandering narratives, who don't worry about small details, and who don't mind being preached at.
I first heard about Mitch Albom because of the success of Tuesdays with Morrie. I have never read one of his books before and both my husband and I found this story to lack shape and cogency, the characters (especially Sarah Lemon) to be horribly cliched, and that the story had a preachy tone. I don't know whether Albom is trying to use magical realism as a device but it fails. Also neither of us felt the central character deserved to be punished for recording the passage of time -- the moral message of the whole book doesn't really seem to add up.
The narrator was excellent. I'm British and enjoyed listening to a fellow Brit who also brought the American characters to life so well. It's just a shame he was reading such a weak and tenuous story that sounds like it was dashed out by an author more interested in quantity than quality.
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