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  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (395 ratings)

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How to Stop Time

By: Matt Haig
Narrated by: Mark Meadows
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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times top 10 best seller from the author of The Midnight Library and The Humans

HOW MANY LIFETIMES DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN HOW TO LIVE?

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As long as he keeps changing his identity, he can stay one step ahead of his past – and stay alive. The only thing he must not do is fall in love.

But what if the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him?  

©2017 Matt Haig (P)2017 Canongate

Critic Reviews

"A rollicking time-hopping fantasy... How to Stop Time will provoke wonder and delight." (Observer)
"Hugely entertaining." (John Boyne, Irish Times)
"Outlandish...heartwarming, perceptive prose." (Anita Sethi, Daily Telegraph)
"A rollicking time-hopping fantasy... How to Stop Time will provoke wonder and delight." (Observer)
"Hugely entertaining." (John Boyne, Irish Times)
"Outlandish...heartwarming, perceptive prose." (Anita Sethi, Daily Telegraph)

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New favorite book

Read this in a day and wish it could have been 10x as long, I want to know so much more about Tom and all the Alba’s! It’s incredible to imagine the life they’ve all lived, and the author did a fantastic job of showing us the few glimpses the length of the book would allow.

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Loved it. Awesome!!!

I finished reading The Midnight Library which I absolutely loved. Started reading How to Stop Time but nearly stopped part way in. My advice is keep reading. I found it an awesome book with a lot of thought provoking writing. I am amazed at Matt Haig’s ability to draw you into an amazing story that you cannot stop listening to. Do yourself a favour and listen to or read these books. I am now listening to The Humans and can’t wait to get to the next and the next and the next. Thank you Matt Haig. I don’t normally write reviews btw. Please keep writing!!!

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Good build up but disappointing climax

The book is great but I feel like the climax wasn't that interesting. There was a lot of build up for all the things that may go wrong but in the end it was just one dude being a bit crazy and then everything being okay again

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Interesting story line,

The story was interesting, however the character is somewhat depressing. Like other books by this author the story has so much potential and yet the character is miserable.

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Another wonderful Matt Haig work

Like The Midnight Library, a reminder once again to grab hold of life and live it in the here and now. Can't wait to see how Benedict Cumberbatch interprets it into a motion picture!

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Wonderful

A fascinating story, beautifully written. Dotted throughout with wisdoms and life lessons. My favourite book this year, Thank you Matt Haig. A story that scoops you up and takes you on a wondrous journey. Mark Meadows narration is brilliant ... perfect.

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profoundly good

This was a profoundly good book to listen to. funny sad and thought provoking. loved it

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Life through the ages

Articulate & well written book, the narration was perfect. I did struggle with the loss & yearning throughout the story, but that’s my own personal preference. You can’t love without loss, this is life, this character had a very long life. Would have loved to hear more about the characters after, their lives after.

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How to stop time.

In consistent style, Matt Haig has crafted yet another phenomenal story detailing his infinitely pensive & insightful perspective of human nature & our quest for more than what we are! This story is magnificent!

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A 400yr love story

The Midnight Library brought me here and I was not disappointed in the beautifully told story of different kinds of love over 400 years.

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