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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Narrated by: Arina Ii
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than 100 years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, see their sister one last time, and meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold.

Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

©2019 Toshikazu Kawaguchi (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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  • M. Atkinson
  • 09-26-19

Just No

All the male characters are asses. Goro in the first chapter decides the best time to inform his girlfriend of three years that he has accepted a job in America, is on his way to the airport. In the second chapter, the character with Alzheimer's commits two acts of horrendous emotional harm, both of which are spoilers I can't specify. The third and fourth chapters are driven by characters who refuse, for no reason, to discuss PIVOTAL information with their loved ones. So, no. Not an enjoyable listen for me.

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  • Andrea
  • 10-04-19

A simple, quietly considered novella

Narration was good, unassuming which suited the story.

Sweet little storyline, exploring people's motivations to travel through time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-19

Beautiful

Absolutely loved it.


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