Written By: Matt Haig

Narrated By: Mark Meadows

Date: February 2018

Duration: 10 hours 2 minutes


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library.

“A quirky romcom dusted with philosophical observations….A delightfully witty…poignant novel.” —The Washington Post
“She smiled a soft, troubled smile and I felt the whole world slipping away, and I wanted to slip with it, to go wherever she was going… I had existed whole years without her, but that was all it had been. An existence. A book with no words.”

Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

Unfortunately for Tom, the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

How to Stop Time tells a love story across the ages—and for the ages—about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. It is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch.


  • Anonymous

    The concept of the book is very interesting and the narrator is amazing at creating the different voices. I found the story dragged at times and at the end, it was a lot of memories with a little action. Not a horrible book by any means, just not that exciting.

  • Anonymous

    Really enjoyed this book. The story was interesting and not predictable. I had empathy for him and his life. But the best part was the amazing narrator. He did multiple voices, accents, sang… it was the best narration I’ve heard on any book ever.

  • Susan D.

    The story is rather interesting but the main character is a whiner. I was hoping that it would have a better plot than what it did. Thats all I have to say except that I can't really reccomend this book.

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