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  • Written by: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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How to Stop Time

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

A novel about love, loss and living in the moment, from the best-selling author of The Humans.

The first rule is that you don’t fall in love. There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. Because otherwise, of course, you slowly lose your mind....

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Shakespeare’s England to Jazz Age Paris to voyaging the Pacific alongside Captain Cook, Tom has seen a lot, and he now craves an ordinary life.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom now has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London school. Here, he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is quickly catching up with him. The only thing Tom can’t do is fall in love.

How to Stop Time is a wild, bittersweet, time-traveling story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change, about the mistakes humans are doomed to repeat.

And about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.

©2018 Matt Haig (P)2018 Canongate Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Matt Haig’s latest book, How to Stop Time, is marvelous in every sense of the word. Clever, funny, poignant, and written with Haig’s trademark blend of crystalline prose and deft storytelling, this is a book that stirs the heart and mind in equal measure. A hugely enjoyable read." (Deborah Harkness, author of The All Souls Trilogy)

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I just couldn't finish it

fascinating concept but just not for me. my mind went elsewhere every few minutes while listening.

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Possibly the worst book I've ever read

This is surely one of the worst if not the worst book I've ever read. Absolutely no plot, no character development, random useless name dropping and jusg simply uninteresting. AVOID!

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Matt Haig is a genius!

Amazing book & so well read! I’m going to listen again immediately as I’m going through withdrawal already! Thanks for sharing your stories to make my world brighter!

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Excellent!

Definitely one of the best book I've ever listened to ( or read). The author manages to weave sci-fi, love, adventure and, philosophy together. This book is simply beautiful.

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Interesting story. This is a gentle listen

This story captured my attention during certain parts of this story that lifts off but does not take full flight. It is a good listen and I really like Matt Haig

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Something creative and different

I enjoyed the narration just as much as the book. I could have listened to the narrator's voice for hours (and did). Creative plot line examining human relationships and what it means to live forever. Would recommend :).

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I simply love Matt Haig

Matt Haig novels always feel like self help fiction they not only entertain you, but they also make stop and meditate about what you just read. They always feel like soft blanket that comforts you when you need it.

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Didn’t love it. Ending tried to be inspiring

I didn’t love this book. I didn’t find it interesting. I found the ending predictable , as I did his other book. I liked one of his other books so I wanted to try this one. I found the ending was rushed and it tried to toss in a bunch of inspirational life advice which was not lovely but also felt rushed and randomly placed in. I will try one more of his books. This one was just okay. I would not read it a second time.

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Very Enjoyable Story

I saw that someone wrote “comforting” to describe the book and I tend to agree. It’s not a fast paced novel but it moves along in an interesting fashion. I think most people have wondered what it would be like to have more time and this book is a very good exploration of the topic.

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This narrator is amazing!!

Mark Meadows really brings Matt Haig’s books to life, especially this one. His ability to switch from accent to accent , voice to voice makes you forget it’s only one person speaking.

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