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In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time.

The inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his fre
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Hachette Books
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Michael Marstellar I don't think so. It deals with some heavy topics about death and time. it centers around a teenager contemplating suicide and an old man who doesn't …moreI don't think so. It deals with some heavy topics about death and time. it centers around a teenager contemplating suicide and an old man who doesn't want to die and lengths he'll go to (medically speaking) to continue his life.

The book also focuses-in on how the pain that has been incurred upon humans from the counting of time.

The mental aspect with time and death may become too sad and too much for a 10/11 year old to deal with yet.

Don't get me wrong, the whole of the book in my opinion is uplifting, but I think your pre-teen would be better served to wait to read or in my case listen to the book until s/he is a bit older.(less)
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Alaska Young no that was the cave he was in and they were running up the hill cause that was what Dor drefw on the wall

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Lydia Presley
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom has been on my excitement list for a while now. Such a great cover, an author I really enjoy, and a story about Father Time - how could I not be excited!

What I expected and what I got were two different things, however. Instead of getting an interesting, complex story about a fantastical creature, I got instead chopped bits of a story, tossed together like a bit of a human salad, and mixed all up.

This story is part Dor, part Victor, and part Sarah, but does not sp
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Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*
Oh, Dor…..Dor……Dor. You silly man. What possessed you to measure time? You screwed things up for the rest of us. Now we have to BE places at certain times and DO things until the time comes when we are allowed to go home. Why did you do this to humanity? Someone should imprison you in a cave for 6000 years and make you think about what you did, and not let you out until you are truly sorry.

Wait….that is what happened.

Dor was a curious man who lived 6000 years in the past. He wanted to measure th
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Betty
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review-copy
Albom's fingers on the keyboard turn out golden prose, whether a column or a book. The Time Keeper is like a combination of precious metal. The story opens with Dor who lives four thousand years ago.

(Edited to add that a person named Sidney who has a private profile complained in a comment 9 months after I wrote this review that I should warn there are spoilers. I don't think this review does, but you can stop reading now if you wish).

back to the review... Albom's explanation of Dor's thought
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Tanya
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
In the beginning, I kept falling asleep while reading this book. By the time Dor was compelled to action for his two souls, I was able to push through to the conclusion of the book. I found it satisfying as it reinforces the importance of being in the moment and being grateful for those moments, whether they are good or bad. It reinforces the value of being interdependent with those we love and care about, that we need to be open and honest and fully present for them.

I recommend this to others,
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Liz
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: worth-re-reading
“Knowing something and understanding it were not the same thing.”


A short story before the review.
You know, I have a friend. A very precious one. One, who knows many parts of me better than any other person.
She, more than anyone else, knows how obsessed I am with time. Always was. I am always in time, always counting time and paying attention to it. It can be quite annoying.
She gave me the book and told me to read it, or better ordered me to read it. This friend knew what this book wou
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Laurel
If I were to rate this book, I'd probably give it 2 stars. I feel bad doing that, though, so I'm just leaving it blank. It's not that it's a bad book. It's a nice little fable and has good intentions. Many will no doubt find it comforting and life-affirming. I just found it all a bit too obvious for my taste. Perhaps I'm just not one who feels I need a fable to remind me how precious our time on earth is, or how important it is to try to live in the moment. I'm all too aware of it every day.

Daniel Kite
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
For a man so seemingly pre-occupied with how little time we have on Earth and how we tend not to appreciate this amount of time, Albom ironically spends almost no time at all delving into the interiority of his characters beyond the clichéd. Dor is an interesting character on paper, but so little is put into why he has this desire to measure time. The familial and social struggles of Sarah and the devastating childhood of Victor are largely parsed over, so much so that there is little reader inv ...more
Dianne Joy
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
That one word that made me lose it and just cry - page 220, last line, last word - "Grace."

Mitch Albom has a way of capturing hearts with every word he writes and how he writes them. This book is not quite like the other books Albom has earlier written, but it is no less good. It is just as great as his earlier works, and I'm currently deciding if maybe, for me, this has been one of his better works.

The Time Keeper is a light read. But it was still full of lessons like a typical Mitch Albom boo
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Phrynne
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rather quirky and unusual but still a light read, this is a story about Father Time and the man who discovered time in the first place.
I enjoyed the way it was told in short chapters which circled around three different points of view. There was humour and there was sadness and there was a lot of philosophy about life and death, but it was never deep or hard to understand.
I have not read any of this author's other (more famous) books yet but I certainly will now. This was an ideal book to read
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Charlotte May
"Once we began to chime the hour we lost the ability to be satisfied."

3.5 stars!
Now, I love Mitch Albom! But although this one was still fantastic, it didn't hit home in the same way as The Five People You Meet in Heaven or Tuesdays with Morrie
It focuses on a man in the stone age - the first person to discover time - as penance he is forced to forever listen to the outcome of his discovery. That is - the human race constantly asking for more time.
He is sent to save two people on Earth, in ord
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Mrs. Kenyon
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
Father Time was once a living man. His name was Dor and he was the first human to measure time. He lived 6,000 years ago when life and time were simpler. After a tragic illness took his wife, Dor wanted to reach the heavens and demand more time. The result of this action was the fall of the Tower of Babel and him being placed in a cave where he had to listen to any mention of time. Sarah is a girl in modern day New York. She wants time to speed up so that she can be with the boy who is showing i ...more
Britany
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
3 Lives collide in this tale about Father Time and how time affects all of our lives. Some want it to progress faster, and others want time to slow down. Many take time for granted and don't appreciate the chance that we all have to take a moment and savor these memories.

Dor's life is the main story, as his starts in the times of Babel and ends in present day. He created time and then time stole his life from him. He has a chance for freedom and has to save two lives...

Sarah Lemon, an insecure t
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Lisa
Apr 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I honestly think this is the worst book I've ever read. I liked Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, but I think it's safe to say Mitch Albom has officially run out of steam. The Time Keeper is supposed to be a story about a lovelorn teenage girl, and an old man who wants to cryogenically freeze himself, who are about to have their perspectives on life changed by, you guessed it, a transplanted prehistoric caveman (who for some reason speaks perfect English). Albom fills ...more
Dale Harcombe
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This is an entertaining little fable about time and how some people never have enough of it while others wish it would slow down. Dor is one who measures time and ends up in the role of Father Time. The other two main characters are Victor who has cancer and who is running out of time and Sarah who initially wants time to hurry up. Later events cause her to change her mind.
Though it was entertaining and a quick read, this Mitch Albom story didn’t quite involve me the way a couple of his other b
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Lori Henrich
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book with great anticipation looking forward to turning each page. When I started reading I was frustrated with the style the author chose. I liked his other fiction stories and was expecting to find the same style amongst the pages. Then I found a totally different style and was disappointed. But I decided to keep going and this story is so worth the effort.

The story follows Dor, Victor and Sarah. Dor lived during the early Bible times during the time of the tower of Babel bein
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thewanderingjew
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this advanced copy of Albom’s latest book, he once again takes a simple theme, something we all think about, and he creates an inspirational, extremely creative avenue to explore it. The book is about time and how it affects our lives from moment to moment. We are all, each and every one of us, preoccupied with its measurement. What would life be like without the constraints of time? The book encourages us to think about how simple life would be if we were just enjoying the moment we were in, ...more
Abbey
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dor: There is a reason why God limits our days.
Viktor: Why?
Dor: To make each one precious.

Another wonderful and inspiring story from Mitch Albom :)
Helensvale Library
Sep 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kate, dani
It's Mitch album surely it's good as his other books have been enjoyable. Expecting a great storyline with a depth of meaning and philosophy I found myself becoming increasingly agitated and depressed. Father time starts out as a young curious boy who invents how to read time and marries the love of his life only to have major life changes and ends up in a cave having to listen to people constantly ask for more time in is head. Then we follow a couple of other character storylines.....a young gi ...more
Tony
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this. A beautifully sensitive tale and constructed in such a way that you just don’t want to put it down.

And the moral? Tempus Fugit.

… sometimes.
Nazifa
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Average reading span for me is 2 days guys. It's freaking slow as a snail...

Anyways... This book definitely deserves a good 5 stars from me. It really opened up my mind a lil bit of how I see things now. Time is precious, time is gold. We often saw people wasting their time; claiming it was nothing but just to pass time. Yes TIME. How many words can be used to be in a sentence with time? Many; but truthfully we know nothing bout time. Nothing compared to what we've claimed before.

"Man alone me
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Orsolya
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other, library
The first time I read a Mitch Albom book was in my “Sociology of Death and Dying” course during my university days. The above titled course naturally suggests that we read “Tuesdays with Morrie”. Ironically enough, Albom’s latest novel, “The Time Keeper” would have easily blended into the lesson plans of my other elective, “Myths, Symbols, and Rituals” due to the fact that it is a true example of a ‘creation myth’.

If you are expecting a standard, fictional novel, then expect “The Time Keeper” t
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Kaitlin
Dec 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
A waste of a cool idea, and the description is inaccurate. This is bad YA Christian fiction with insufferable characters. It's a 200-page (if you include the 100 white pages) preachy cliche. Tons of references to God's will and God's gifts. The first man to measure time is a "sinner" because...he measured time. Yes, mankind was much better off 6,000 years ago before everyone started thinking and inventing and whatnot.

Other characters include - Victor, the rich finance type who shouts things like
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Kimberley doruyter
Feb 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
the ending was beautiful, but thats it.
Yassin Omar يس
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the idea and the first chapters about Dor ad Alli, then I got somewhat bored afterwards and until the end!
“With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have”
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
This was a shorter book, but it took me awhile to get through it. I’ve previously read two other Albom books (The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto), both of which I enjoyed so I was looking forward to this read.

The premise was intriguing - “Father Time” (the man who first begins tracking time) is trapped in a cave for 6,000 years, has to listen to humanity complain about time, then he’s sent to Earth to help two people - an 80 year old millionaire who is dy
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Sully
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
A two-day vacation deserves a novel to be read, so I read Mitch Albom's The Time Keeper. The story is about a man who was disciplined (I might as well use the word "penalize" lol) for measuring one of God’s greatest gift: TIME. His punishment is to teach two seemingly random people the true meaning of time. The first person is a teenage girl who wants to give up on life, and the other is a wealthy businessman who wants to live forever.

The story was able to get its message across; that TIME is pr
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BookOfCinz
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Updated December 18, 2019
My friend told me I had to read this book. I started reading it and throughout the read I kept thinking "this story seems so familiar" ... only to come on Goodreads and see I've read it before. I enjoyed it a lot more the second time around. It might be because its almost the end of a decade so the concept of time is way up on my mind. This book came at the perfect time. A great reminder that time is precious and we are to use it wisely


I can say this isn't my favorite Al
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Arielle Walker
Oct 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointing
I didn't like The Alchemist, I didn't like this. Overtly religious fables are not my cup of tea, thanks. ...more
~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~
3.5 compelling stars.

Picking things from the very grass root level, this book “The Time Keeper” tells you a story about time. The founders of time, the birth of time, all about time. And about how once it laid its hold on mankind, everything changed.
To judge this book from my point of view would be different from many. Low acquaintance with subjects like philosophy, and no idea what-so-ever on the myths about time (Yes, no idea about the Tower of Babel even, sorry) are some predominant factor
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Johara
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a big fan of Mitch Albom for a while, and I know that whenever I pick up a book for him, I will never be disappointed. I have already read 2 books for him: For One More Day & The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and one day I was just in the mood of reading another book for him… Just had this feeling that my life needed an Albom dosage, so I picked up this book.

It’s a story about 3 characters, Don, Sarah & Victor. Each of them had a different interpretation of “Time”. One measures it,
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