How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
- Source – Library: Overdrive Audiobook
- Genre – Fiction, Fantasy, Immortality
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. One that has lost him countless loved ones over the years of his life. The many years, the decades, no centuries of his life. Tom Hazard is an immortal, although he looks like an ordinary 41-year-old. Wanting an ordinary life, Tom moves back to London to become a history teacher, all the while re-living the history he lived through himself. Tom is at a crossroads in his life when the novel begins. Does he continue to live in the past, or can he move forward and enjoy his future? Moving to London to become a history teacher, Tom ends up falling in love with an enigmatic French teacher, continues his search to find his long-lost daughter and all the while trying to convert more immortals like himself to join the secret Albatross Society. It all becomes too overwhelming and dangerous as Tom is sent on one last mission in Australia compromising much of what he knows and believes.
This was easily one of my favorite reads of February. The novel was narrated by Mark Meadows, and I could just listen to him talk forever and ever. He is one of those rare British narrators that can actually do an American accent without it sounding choppy, or forced. The story itself was very captivating. Tom would constantly float back to his past lives, brought on by massive headaches as he re-lived adventures, deaths of loved ones and sad good-byes all the while trying to make a life for himself in modern times. This is a complex plot, with complex characters but it was a great story to be involved in. I love fantasy books like this. Books that are about contemporary issues (guilt, regret, family, etc) but have the smallest magical element. This is the first book I’ve read of the author, but I’m eager to start reading more.