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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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Fascinating!

Mitch Albom's perspective of time and it's influence on the human experience/condition is enlightening, refreshing and at the same time troubling. One must take pause to consider if this story is truly fiction or non-fiction.
Thank you Mitch. You have quite the Blessed talent.

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We all think about time

If you could sum up The Time Keeper in three words, what would they be?

Powerful, thought-provoking

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

The end of the story when the characters stop time and look into the future seeing what could be.

What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

His voice is easy to listen to and I loved the character voices

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

Not necessarily

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  • Charles
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 07-14-14

Sooooo Boring!

What disappointed you about The Time Keeper?

The story, the pace, so many things

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by this authors.

How could the performance have been better?

I'm not sure.

What character would you cut from The Time Keeper?

I would cut them all.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

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  • Jamie
  • Nanaimo, BC, Canada
  • 03-12-14

The Time Keeper

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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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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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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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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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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Marking Time

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

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!