The Time Keeper

  • by Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by Dan Stevens
  • 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Mrs

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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- mollymoon1

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK