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Hello, My name's Charlie Edmondson, and this is my audiobook voice Riel. This is an excerpt from Stranger Than fiction. This is a Storey, about a man named Harold Crick and his wristwatch. Harold Crick was a man of infinite numbers, endless calculations and remarkably few words, and his wristwatch said even less. Every weekday for 12 years, Harold would brush each of his 32 teeth 76 times, 38 times back and forth, 38 times up and down every weekday for 12 years, Harold would tie his tie in a single Windsor knot instead of the double, thereby saving up to 43 seconds. His wristwatch thought the single Windsor made his neck look fat, but said nothing. Every weekday for 12 years, Harold would run at the rate of nearly 57 steps per block for six blocks, barely catching the 8 17 chronic a bus. His wristwatch would delight and feeling the crisp wind rushing over its face. And every weekday for 12 years, Harold would review 7.134 tax files as a senior auditor for the Internal Revenue Service, only taking a 45.7 minute lunch break and a 4.3 minute coffee break timed precisely by his wristwatch. Beyond that, Harold lived a life of solitude. Harold would walk home alone. He would eat alone. And at precisely 11 13 every night, Harold would go to bed alone, placing his wristwatch to rest on the stand beside him. That was, of course, before Wednesday. On Wednesday, Harold's wristwatch changed everything.