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Publisher's Summary

What would you change if you could go back in time?

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than 100 years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold. 

©2019 Toshikazu Kawaguchi (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Don't hesitate. download it now!

took the first chapter ro get into it, but OMG once into it, the thoughts and teats flowed. an absolutely extraordinary book. At the end you will wish it carried on. Makes you think and appreciate life. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Beautiful

Absolutely loved it. "No matter what difficulties people face, they will always have the strength to overcome them, it just takes heart."

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  • M. Atkinson
  • 26-09-2019

Just No

All the male characters are asses. Goro in the first chapter decides the best time to inform his girlfriend of three years that he has accepted a job in America, is on his way to the airport. In the second chapter, the character with Alzheimer's commits two acts of horrendous emotional harm, both of which are spoilers I can't specify. The third and fourth chapters are driven by characters who refuse, for no reason, to discuss PIVOTAL information with their loved ones. So, no. Not an enjoyable listen for me.

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  • Julie
  • 23-05-2020

Time travel

You probably wouldn't notice this tiny Tokyo café if you just walked past. But according to an urban legend, you can travel in time here. But only if you sit in a particular chair, at a particular time, and remember to return to the present before the coffee gets cold. Who would you go see if you were able to travel back in time for a few minutes? I really enjoyed this book. It reads a bit like watching a play - like we are watching a stage that is always the same, with characters coming and going. I actually really liked all the rules that has to be obeyed in order to time travel, and I liked that we don't get many answers as to why it is like it is. It's as if we just get to peek into this café for a little while, and then when we leave, it continues to exist without us.

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  • alice
  • 20-12-2019

Great story - read very slowly

Really enjoyed the story but I had to listen in x1.25 as the reader is very slow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-2020

A great listen

I loved this book. Beautifully written and it's message gently shown. Change is within

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  • Tanea Sheils
  • 15-11-2020

Drink before the coffee gets cold

Amazing, little book ...., Toshikazu Kawaguchi your writing its amazing and you put a lot of your heart in this book. When you pass page 20 you just cannot stop reading until the last page. This 213 pages book its fulfilled with love and care to one another. I am still crying and can't wait to ready the next one.

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  • Dave
  • 08-09-2020

Stick at it

During the first chapter I wondered whether to give up. However, the story develops quite intriguingly by the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-2020

Clever

Beautiful story. Worth reading! Lends to a lot of wonderful discussions, especially if read in a book club. Recommend!

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  • MRS C
  • 06-07-2020

Disappointing

This is such an interesting concept for a story but such a shame it was very poorly executed. The performance was not engaging. The rest of our book club felt the same way.

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  • jnowlrose
  • 17-06-2020

Pleasantly dull

No offensively bad but I wouldn't recommend it sadly. The concept is nice and narration is good but the plot was very forgettable.

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  • Alina S.
  • 29-05-2020

Great stories with wisdom to follow upon

The stories from the book are heart warming and make you reflect upon your own story.They are filled with emotion and wisdom. The only part that I did it like about the book is that there are passages that repeat a lot and often. Especially when you listen to the book in a row, it is a bit annoying to hear the same thing repeating again and again. But other than that, thank you for a very inspiring book.

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