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The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper [Kindle Edition]

Mitch Albom
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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An enthralling fantasy ... A story that makes the reader consider the real value of their lives (The Lady)

Book Description

From the inspirational author of Tuesdays with Morrie comes the compelling tale of the man who became Father Time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847442250
  • Publisher: Sphere (4 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FQ1O1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An internationally renowned best-selling author of six books, Mitch Albom is a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This novel tells the story of two seemingly insignificant people - one who is running out of time and is desperate to extend the inevitable, another who wants nothing more than to make time go faster - as they are brought together by a man who lived thousands of years ago trying to teach them to value the time they've both been given, no matter how short or long.

'The Time Keeper' starts at the dawn of man's history with Dor and his friends Nim and Alli. As they grow older Nim seeks power and tries to control the people, Dor on the other hand seems perfectly content to build a life with Alli. Until he gets consumed by tracking time. He is the first human to make devices to count time, and as he predicts when the sun and moon come and go he even starts on the first calendar.

But as Alli falls ill, Dor wants to not only count time, but also control it. Desperate to gain more time with his wife Dor runs up a tower, which Nim's slaves built all the way to heaven, in the hopes that the gods can help save Alli. Instead he ends up in a cave as Father Time and as thousands of years pass he hears the people's voices pleading for more or less time, never happy with the speed at which time passes for them.

Sarah Lemon is a high school student, smarter than most of her peers and an outcast. But when a popular guy in her school suddenly pays attention to her she keeps wishing for time to go quicker so she can see him again.

Victor Delamonte is the fourteenth richest man in the world and while he's in his mid-eighties he's still working as the head of his company. Suffering from cancer his time is quickly running out and using the wealth at his disposal Victor is seeking a way to stop time and extend his life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Amateurish 29 Sep 2013
By Toby
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Whilst the sentiment of appreciating time, or rather not worrying about time, that the author tries to convey is perhaps admirable, the book comes across as slightly preachy and religious. The writing style is very easy to read but reminded me a children's book. Personally, I didn't get much out of reading The Time Keeper and the religious themes made me slightly uncomfortable at times, but overall it was OK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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'With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can't appreciate what we have.'

===Sort Synopsis===

This story starts 6 millennia ago when a man first discovers how to record time and is banished and turned into Father Time.
Only in the 20th century is he released to make amends - ad he has two people to meet up with and work through their problems. A fictional fable about how we think of everything in relation to Time.

===My Opinion===

I have been quite a fan of Mitch Albom, enjoying his two other books, 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' and 'Tuesdays with Morrie'.
I quite enjoy time travel stories so when say this book was newly released on Amazon I decided to give it a try.
Like all other of Mitch's books it is written in an easy to read style. The chapters are very short and there are quite a few pages with just a few lines of writing on, so although the book is classed as
256 pages the actual story only takes up 136 of them and being short chapters as well you can read it really quickly. You could easily finish it in a day.
I am not quite sure what I think of this book and it was not until you actually got to the end of the story that you had any idea how things would work out.
The main character is Dor, who is clever and figures out how to record time with sticks and shadows. For bringing the awareness of time to the human race he is banished - but then comes back to save two individuals.
I am sorry to say this book did not grip me quite as the other Mitch Albom books did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 12 Jun 2013
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This is the 4th book by this author that I've read and I think this is my favourite so far. I love the idea behind this book .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another reminder of living the moments 26 May 2013
By annz
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Another great book to pick up when you feel so lost and start questioning the purpose of your life. Loved it!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE TIME KEEPER 4 Sep 2012
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As a fan of Mitch Albom I was looking forward to reading this,however in my opinion it was not as good as his previous novels.
It centres around Father Time, a man doomed to live forever listening to the voices of people wishing they had a longer life with more time for themselves. He is given the task of coming to earth to help two people, one an elderly gentleman Victor who is terminally ill and wishes to live forever, the other Sarah, a teenager who wishes to end her life. If successful Father Time will be granted the freedom and happiness he has yearned for.
An easy read with as is usual with this author a strong meaning running through the book pertaining to life. For me I just found the story lacking, not my favourite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Running Out Of Time 17 Feb 2014
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By the same author of The Five People You Meet In Heaven, this short novel (or long fable, which seems more appropriate), is a thought-provoking, engrossing read, and I finished it in about four hours, at three in the morning, whilst stuck in a moment of insomnia. I was running out of time to sleep whilst, ironically, reading about time--the concept of it; the implications that time has had on everyone's lives.

We never have enough time. Or we have too much. We're either looking to the past, or ahead to the future, but we barely ever live in the present day. In the now.

Either way, Mitch Albom approaches the subject in a fresh, non-preachy, non-patronising way, and the effect worked. I put the book down with a good feeling bubbling inside me; a need to stop placing time on a pedestal and just live my life and enjoy it. The story itself doesn't have much depth, and yet there's a measure of depth in its simplicity. It's a thin story wrapped around a lesson.

Or a lesson wrapped around a story.

Or entwined.


Anyway, check it out. I recommend it. Plus you'll finish it in an afternoon, so it won't take up too much TIME. Ya dig?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars admirable albom!
Not one of his usual books - and I've read every one of them and loved them - nevertheless, as with all of his books, The Time Keeper leaves you with a great deal to think about. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mark Dene
4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting
I'm recently bereaved and found this a book of hope which I found moving and uplifting. Would recommend this as a lovely story
Published 17 days ago by Nicky Dorrian
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad read
For those of us who never have enough time this book has been written just for you.

It is about three main characters, Dor the first man to quantify time, Henry a man... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Half Man, Half Book
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
Very interesting and insightful. I enjoyed it very much. As usual Mitch Album has his very special way of making us look at the ordinary in a very different way.
Published 20 days ago by Mona ElSamahy
5.0 out of 5 stars Mitch Albom does it again
What an amazing story! Seriously it takes such a creative mind to come up with the things he does. This book kept me guessing and really gave me something to think about. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Roxanne Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars what a cheese, badly written pile of crap!
Unless you think Catherine Cookson is a great author, you will hate yourself for buying any book by this idiot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharan
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Makes you think about your priorities and how you really want to spend your time - recommended read for all
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Time...
Inspirational and for me healing and answered questions unexpectedly
that weren't asked in the book but answered those crying in my soul. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bubblesqueak
4.0 out of 5 stars The Time Keeper
I like the idea that the author brings that we do not understand the now, unless we take time to enjoy it.
Published 1 month ago by Steve39
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking.
I loved this book. I loved the way myth & modern day were interwoven together. It also had such an uplifting & thought provoking ending. Brilliant.
Published 1 month ago by Sally S
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