October/November 2012

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Mitch Albom "I feel the British accent is fitting for this kind of epic tale. It's a King Arthur kind of tale, and I just heard a British sound track to it." 22 s AudioFile/ "I think that when you're dealing with big, broad topics—the meaning of life, or what happens after we die, or faith—it's easier to tell a really big story in a really small way." Bestselling author Mitch Albom knows how to tell big, entertaining, and inspiring stories such as Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. In his new novel, The Time Keeper, he tackles the way people spend their most precious gift: time. "I look at fairy tales and fables, stories that people remember," he says, "yet they're the things that teach us the biggest lessons. So my thinking has always been that if you're going to look at a big topic like time—asking what is the real meaning of time, the value of time—you're already broad enough with the topic itself. If you're able to tell the story in a small, magical way, that big, broad point that you're trying to explore may be remembered better." Albom is a big fan of audiobooks. Not only is he a user, he also likes sharing his listening habit with loved ones. "For a number of years I used to give audio- books as birthday gifts, specifically subscriptions to an audiobook store. People Photo © Amy Guip/Corbis

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