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Summary

Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else.

On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room.

But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time?

As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all.

This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets.They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what's inside. Sometimes you have to be unravelled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time.

©2008 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Thought provoking read

I loved it. It made you stop and re~evaluate life. Work life balance reminder. Invoking

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Enjoyable recommended read

Really enjoyable story that has a common thread of meaning for us all. So engrossed just kept on reading.
Highly recommend for a light hearted interesting story with a potent life message

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A Christmas Carol without the charm

So blooming worthy and oh so predictable. I wanted to like it and kept right on to the end but found myself more and more irritated.

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A warm Christmas story

A 'nice' sweet Christmas story but really.... Lou was a very unpleasant man who thought the world evolved around him , why should he have been any gift ? His wife , Ruth , was a clever , bright women who would have left him years ago .. have some respect women! If you want to listen to fluff ..go for it .
The story was well read and I enjoyed the readers telling but not for me

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A too long and unoriginal Christmas story.

There are some good things about this book and some not so good things:
The lead character Lou Suffern is for the most past not a particularly likeable character but is also not that disagreeable. His long suffering wife Ruth is very two dimensional for the most part. Gabe is what he is and the mystery of who he is isn't really that much of a mystery.
For me this feels like an over-extended and too stretched Christmas short story.
It wasn't a bad book but it was fairly obvious where it was going and it sometimes took a wordy route.
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so true

a lesson we need before it's too late . Time really is the gift only you can give yourself

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loved it!

don't have a bad word to say, loved every minute, well written and well read, on to the next one!

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very different from what I normally listen to, picked it up on a deal but so glad u read it, excellent story and we'll written and narrated, great experience.

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Brilliant book

Great listening which I played several times due to falling asleep but each time I heard something different in it. Well worth your “time” to listen

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a great story kept me hooked throughout

A good story well worth the time, which is of course more precious than gold......