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In this stunning new novel, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure time. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more years for themselves. At last, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with 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 obsession with time 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.

Gripping, simply told and filled with deep human truth, this unforgettable story will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.

©2012 Mitch Albom (P)2012 Hachette Digital

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Mitch does it once more

A mystical experience described in fantasy land. Is thought provoking and make us consider the importance of present moment living. The narrative is woven with painful stories but it all works out well in the end. It the epilogue that brings it altogether

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  • Derrick
  • Glen Iris, Australia
  • 12-20-12

Another great one from Mitch

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

heart-wrenching and real

What other book might you compare The Time Keeper to and why?

For One More Day. There's a similarity on spending more time with your loved ones.

Have you listened to any of Dan Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first from Dan Stevens

If you could take any character from The Time Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Dor

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Deep and thought provoking concept.

What does Dan Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's by far my fave narrator for the warmth and expressiveness of his voice. Could listen to him all day!

Any additional comments?

Mitch writes another outstanding story which is deeply moving, thought provoking, and stays with you long after the story ends. I wish he'd write 3 books a year!

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  • mollymoon1
  • 07-23-13

What a gem

This has to be one of the most unusual stories I have come across - it is a little gem. A story of Father Time and his fabulous challenge. I cant compare it to any other story because I can't think of another story quite like it. It has a class all if its own, in the writing, the reading and it's beautiful content. I was so sorry to come to the end of it, I wanted there to be more, but there couldn't be - time just would not allow. Dan Stevens does this story every bit of justice in his reading and Mitch Albom has written an absolute cracking story. An absolute must read/listen - enjoy.

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  • Mrs
  • 04-13-13

Very clever concept from a talented author

I find Mitch Ablom's books thought provoking and beautifully written, this book is no exception.

The Time Keeper blends myth with current day beautifully. The characterisation is delicate and interweaving of character's stories to enhance the overall piece is something Mitch Ablom is an absolute master at.

The story is about Old Father Time, how he got to become the keeper of time and what the discovery of time and time keeping has meant to how we live our lives and how we measure our lives according to the passage of time.

It beautifully examines how we, as humans feel we either never have enough or have too much it. The characters, although in strange circumstances, are believable and the reader cares about them. I loved it. It leaves you thinking about how you honour your own time, and what if you didn't measure self so much by the numbers..

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  • Caroline
  • 11-22-12

great story

Great story.



Although only a short book, I got this as it was suggested as a good read, and it was. A story about Father time as an actual person, interesting and well written.



One of the easy things about this book, and I only noticed this after moving on to another stepehn king book. There are only really 3 main characters. I often find, especially with audible books if the narrator does not distinguish accents, that I am not sure who is talking, or which person we have moved onto, or sometimes there are just too any people, I get lost. So this was an easy read and meant I could concentrate on the story line quite easily. I have since read other mitch Albom and enjoyed those too, especially " Tuesdays with Morrie" this book is a must in audible format.



All in all a great story, well written, well read and encouraged me to seek more from the same author



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  • Sara
  • 04-03-13

Rather irksome

A bit of a simple story with not very much to offer. It reads a bit like an extended parable that tells us to value the experiences of our one life rather than to count the minutes in it. As such, the first person to start counting minutes gets condemned to 6,000 years in a cave as stalactites form around him, listening to the voices of man's ever-increasing obsession with his discovery - Time. He is then released into a modern world where he is instructed to convey his disproportionately hard-learnt lesson to two self-indulgent, selfish and thoroughly unlikeable humans. Only then can he die.



This would not be so bad, but every so often the author refers to how it was God that actually gave us one life to live and that this man was condemned to his lengthy isolation because God must have been cross with him. However typical this sort of behaviour is by God, which I can accept, what irked me was the way the author seemed to completely fail to spot the irony of his words.



It is my opinion that the whole afterlife (or second life) thing that God offers those of belief, and the huge amount of time they waste in convincing God to let them have said second life, epitomises the wasting of the one real life that the boundless wonder of the universe has accidentally bestowed upon them!



In a nutshell, if you are trying to extol the value of living your life to the full and to savour the experiences its short span has to offer, one should take it from a humanist perspective and not a religious one that promises you a second life only if you waste the first one appeasing a jealous god that would put you in a cave for 6,000 years for doing what comes naturally - curiosity.



If you want my opinion, as someone who has read and understands the message of the book, spend the valuable 4hrs 41mins (16,860 seconds) this book lasts doing something else other than reading it.

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  • Cardicat
  • 04-26-18

Dreary

Was rather simple and I felt like I’d already heard this story before. Have had other books from this author but feel this one wasn’t one of the best but I would still read other works. It’s a quick listen book that jumps about amongst the characters but just rather empty too me. I understand it’s about time but that’s 5 hours I am going to have to write off. Thank goodness for the ironing that got me through it.

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  • Tung
  • 01-16-18

I loved it

Amazing read, so inspirational and beautifully written. As a writer myself, I gained so much insight from his style. I also am a strong lover of philosophy and you csn see the themes running throughout the story. Truly thank you.

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  • A J Claydon
  • 08-15-17

A lovely Story..

I've read most of Mitch Albom's books and this one does not disappoint. And Dan Stevens is a great narrator.

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  • lyn
  • 01-25-17

Clever storyline, hooked!!

My 1st audible book and I loved. The story is very clever and I was quickly hooked. I had already all of Mitch Albom's other titles and this is almost my number 1 favourite. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story and, as with all his books, if you want to listen to the subliminal message great

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  • Umran
  • 08-23-16

Thought provoking

Another hearth warming story from Mitch Albom which takes you to another dimention and makes you re-assess you life and values. Why is time so short now? Why do we care about it so much and what we are loosing out while hanging about some silly things? Just few questions to ponder about.

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  • courtney stansfield
  • 07-16-16

Good message behind the book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I did enjoy this book and it had a very good message behind it, it helped me appreciate the time i have.

Did The Time Keeper inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to try and live in the 'now' more often.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-17

A worthy Average read.

Mitch Albom had written incredible books but it didn't come close to the others.

Albom like to write about dream like situation and this is push that writing into the next level. The dream like situation doesn't sit well with the Reality based problem that the characters have in this book. The sub real part feel like Deux Ex Machina to rob you out off the experience. Consider it as a worse version of the Christmas carol.

Dan Steves is a decent narrator until he try to acts as the characters in side the book. There is no character enhance because of his voice acting. And I reckon some even annoyed me.

Still there is good in this book. It is still a decent read. It scores at the point that didn't bored me enough to stop.

If you gonna read it. I guess check Albom's other work first. These are way better