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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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    Kaggy 17/07/2017
    Kaggy 17/07/2017 Member Since 2013
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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.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Toni-Louise Hamilton 20/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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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.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 15/11/2017
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    "A marvellous ripping yarn"

    A colourful romp through history with a heart warming meaning of life type message. Ear candy for any history anoraks that enjoy the gritty detail of social historical references and a bringing to life of past eras. A gripping story is Matt Haigue’s vehicle for transporting us through many ages, particularly Elizabethan England. I couldn’t stop listening, the narrator was ok, I enjoyed his grasp of different accents that were woven throughout. A compulsory listen for history teachers I suppose.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 13/09/2017
    Mark 13/09/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Plot does not live up to the concept"

    I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I thought I was going to.

    The central idea of a man ageing 15 times more slowly than normal is a strong one. It generates some nice scenes, and some thoughtful passages on the perception of time and the appreciation of the passing of it.

    However there is a "thriller" element to the plot that does not seem fully realised. It is not particularly tense and rather fizzles out towards the end.

    Also, the writer makes the same philosophical point too many times and therefore lessens the impact.

    The narrators performance is good, well suited to the tone of the book and he handles the various accents competently.
    I would recommend this book, but with some reservations.

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    Suswati 06/01/2018
    Suswati 06/01/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "A little glib, better as a young adult novel"

    Matt Haig's novel, soon to be a motion picture with Benedict Cumberbatch, has had rave reviews, yet I feel I'm in the minority in saying it fell short of expectations.

    Following Tom Hazard, an unusual protagonist with a rare condition which has made him live for centuries, has been searching for his daughter ever since he was forced to leave her. Describing major events in history, Hazard continues to change his identity in order to survive becoming a history teacher as his current persona. All the while being controlled by the mysterious Hendricks. Is it better to live for a short while with love, or for eternity alone?

    While the story is imaginative, the characters are underdeveloped and the constant time change is inconsistent. The plot may be a little too juvenile for me, not really to my taste. Enjoy the film.

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    Alexandre LIAUME London, UK 14/09/2017
    Alexandre LIAUME London, UK 14/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A captivating novel to learn from"

    This is my first Matt Haig book and I already want to get a new one! The story was captivating from A to Z and very well told by Mark Meadows. And little I knew when picking it that I would actually apply the philosophy of the final chapters to my own life. An extraordinary tale with learnings, the perfect combination.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Busster London UK 05/08/2017
    Busster London UK 05/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley 11/07/2017
    Lesley 11/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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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

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    Mrs B 09/11/2017
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    "wanted it to never end!"

    Wanted it to never end. What a clever author. So many wise words and observations.

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    Amazon Customer 01/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    "Original story keeps you hooked and guessing what next"

    Great original idea and entertaining read. I found the ending a bit rushed but perhaps I was just wanting more!

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  • Jacob A. Nordby
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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
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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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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