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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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    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

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kaggy 17/07/2017
    Kaggy 17/07/2017 Member Since 2013

    Will read anything within reason.

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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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine 25/08/2017
    Kirstine 25/08/2017
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    "Intriguing and entertaining"

    An enjoyable book that combines an interesting philosophical situation of living far longer than normal, history as a first person narrative and bitter-sweet humour. In a time when some are hoping to extend life-expectancy well beyond the current maximum it’s salutary to be reminded that immortality isn’t such a great idea quite apart from the selfishness of occupying the planet for far more than ones fair share.

    The story is carried along by exploits of the main character, Tom Hazard, who has to keep moving from place to place as people begin to notice that he isn’t ageing as normal. The knock-on effects of this ruin his love life and, in superstitious times, leads to violence and death. The narrative switches back and forth across the centuries but is well-signposted and often involves famous historical characters such as Captain Cook and Shakespeare to help one know in which time the story is taking place.

    The reader is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Haighton 03/08/2017
    Anna Haighton 03/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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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
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    Mahmood 29/07/2017
    Mahmood 29/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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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
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    BarbaraM 28/07/2017
    BarbaraM 28/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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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.

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 13/09/2017
    Mark 13/09/2017 Member Since 2013

    If it doesn't send me to sleep it must be good.

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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.

    1 of 1 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.

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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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    "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
    12/08/17
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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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