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How to Stop Time Audiobook

How to Stop Time

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'I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about 40, but you would be very wrong.'

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn't do is fall in love.

How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.

©2017 Matt Haig (P)2017 Canongate

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  • Lesley
    7/11/17
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    "Best book so far this year"

    I was a bit unsure whether this book was my cup of tea from reading the blurb but I am so glad that I got it as it was a truly excellent read. I was hooked from the start and have just ordered a hard copy for my mum! Brilliant storyline, concept and fabulous performance

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    7/17/17
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    "Superb as I expected from Matt Haig"

    I don't suppose any people expect to learn lessons on how to have a wonderful life from a novel about a man who is over four hundred years old, but believe me you will when you read this story. However, please don't fear that this is a boring preachy affair. In fact it is a wonderfully entertaining story that skips across the centuries at a cracking pace and brings us to a conclusion that is satisfying and not wholly predictable.
    I am a huge fan of Matt Haig's writing and this is every bit as good as my two big favourites The Humans and The Radleys. I'm sure the forthcoming film will be marvellous but the excellent narration of this book by Mark Meadows will be a hard act to follow.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • cavegirl
    7/12/17
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    "A comprehensive narrative of the human condition."

    Haig once again transforms the greys of life into technicolour. Bittersweet, honest and beautifully written.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • RA
    7/20/17
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    "Thought provoking"

    Great storytelling- loved the narrator! The story was beautiful & really thought provoking. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toni-Louise Hamilton
    7/20/17
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    "love it"

    This book is the fourth book I have read/listened to by Matt haig, the first one being reasons to stay alive.I have absolutely loved all four books and how to stop time is probably joint favorite with reasons to stay alive.I feel that Matt haig has an amazing ability to understand people and I feel that his stories and themes and his way of writing just show so much understanding and empathy, it is so easy to identify what what he says.I would recommend his books to anyone who is fascinated by people and the way in which the human mind works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JCD
    England
    7/20/17
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    "Such compassion and insight"

    Matt Haig has a talent for being able to express insights into the nature of humanity in such original and creative ways. I loved Humans and now this book. He writes in a way that transcends genres and the narrator enhances the prose. I am off now to buy a hardcopy, a rare event for me now. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gepocock
    7/19/17
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    "I was going to take this on holiday... But I couldn't wait"

    I loved it. Just that, I hope that there is a sequel. There aren't many books that leave you wanting more.....and believe me.... I'm not keen on the continuing sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FLambe
    Ireland
    7/16/17
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    "A new mythology is born"

    Matt Haig has created a new mythology, one that explores what it means to live in this world, yet still feel slightly apart from it.
    Can't wait for the film, and the sequel. Or sequels. Don't stop now Matt. All of history lies before you.
    Mark Meadows is as ever the perfect purveyor of Matt Haig's gentle wit and thoughtful insight into life, living, love, and hope.
    Just sorry I couldn't listen to it in one sitting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sararara
    7/24/17
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    "Do stop whinging"

    Intriguing premise, the real life implications of living for a very long time. But all the narrator does is whinge about it. Repeatedly harks back to sad episodes and then complains of having a headache. Listened until the end as wanted to hear what happened, but really not worth it. Trite, soppy and disappointing. Shame on the editor.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • karen courtney
    7/13/17
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    "Too slow"

    Found this very boring and slow even though the story sounded so good , didn't finish it

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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