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How to Stop Time Audiobook

How to Stop Time

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Publisher's Summary

'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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    Jacob A. Nordby Boise, ID 08-30-17
    Jacob A. Nordby Boise, ID 08-30-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Antidote to despair wrapped in a great story"

    Matt Haig is an artist. As such, he has a keen insight into the situation of being human. He suffers along with all of us--thinks and feels deeply about our common pains and delights. I don't know him personally, but his writing is shot through with evidence that these things are true.

    Somehow, though, this depth doesn't stop him from writing stories full of humor, mystery, suspense, and love. They are paradoxes, these tales of his. Light and heavy. Calculated and warm. Philosophical but made buoyant with whimsy.

    How to Stop Time is another triumph for the art of storytelling and for the hopeful pursuit of living.

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    Conrad 08-12-17
    Conrad 08-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved The Humans but not this one."

    I bought this book because The Humans was one of my all-time favorites. When I saw that this book had the same narrator and the same author, I figured I couldn't go wrong. But I did go wrong.

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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

    11 of 11 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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Haighton
    8/3/17
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    "Amazing! Heartbreaking!"

    This is a totally epic story spanning 500 years. I'm not a history buff or even a fan but this book is so different. I really got pulled into the world of the narrative. Loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mahmood
    7/29/17
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    "Again matt haig and his wonderfull story telling"

    I picked up this book once I saw the name of the writer, he did not let me dow. The story is so attractive and filled with philosophical ideas.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • BarbaraM
    7/28/17
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    "Rather drawn out"

    I became rather impatient of the drawn out agonizing and therefore slowed pace, which I feel detracts from the story. Also, the mastermind reasons for secrecy and the drastic and violent way of dealing with detractors is a tad incomprehensible. Otherwise an enjoyable story.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angela C
    9/17/17
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    "Matt Haig Does it Again"

    Matt Haig has an uncanny talent for revealing the foibles of mankind within an unusual framework. He also brings a touch of sci-fi into day to day life with ease and panache. His work is also timely, hitting trends but always with his innate, clever, observant and amusing twist. I have to say that I love Matt Haig - he writes deep stuff with such a light touch...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Busster
    London UK
    8/5/17
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    "Interesting but not a "must read""

    An interesting idea which made me think. The narrator did a good job and told the story like it was really happening to him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/1/17
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    "Another excellent book by Matt Haig"

    Slow to start off with, but a good story - not like anything I've read before. Another must read.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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