After listening to this, I just felt manipulated, not entertained, and certainly not enlightened. The five "people" have no generic, alligorical, or universal application. Its just five people that one person knew. I was expecting, hoping for a story that would encourage me to look again at the people in my life in another way. Nope. Not here. Instead, pick five people in your own life, sit and think about them, then write one page on each. Yours will be better because it is real.
I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites
The interview with the author showed that he had many more stories in his head if he had enough coffee. Take a nodoze and go to sleep. I didn't read his first book and now I don't think that I will. This one was soo sticky. I agree that it had all the heart strings working. All it lacked was Lassie telling us that little Timmy was in the well.
I couldn't handle finishing this book. It was one sappy cliche after another. The other reviews which contain far more information warning you to avoid this book are spot on.
I enjoyed this book more than I was expecting too. It was really very touching. I liked the little touches of music and sound effects, I find them annoying in some books but in this one they are very fitting and actually add to the listening experience. I enjoyed the narrator's voice too. I highly recommend listening to this one.
As you take stock of the main character's life and the lessons that he learns, you inadvertently find yourself reflecting on your life too. The book is funny and sobering, soothing and disturbing. I was shocked by the various emotions it brought up in me. So captivated was I by the story that I listened to it in one sitting.
From the bestselling author of Tuesday?s With Morrie, Mitch Albom introduces The Five People You Meet in Heaven, a well written tale of character Eddie gaining a greater understanding of his life as he enters heaven. Although Albom writes with a simplistic technique, readers may find it challenging to grasp the novel?s portrayal of the afterlife if he/she already has a strong conviction of what to expect. Nonetheless, Albom?s imagination is truly exhibited in this piece and adds much credibility to his name as an excellent author.
It's hard to say how good or bad the book is. I was so turned off by the syrupy musical backdrop that it was hard to keep listening. This subject matter had plenty of emotional baggage in it before adding musical transitions intended to signal us in CAPITAL letters that here comes an "important" scene. C'mon! It's about death and the afterlife. Do I need the reminders?
That's the word I'd used to describe this book. Fancinating idea, but a downright boring story. I've been a lifelong Mitch Albom fan beginning when I was a kid reading his sports column in the Detroit Free Press and listening to this story saddened me only because it's just not very good. I never connected with any of the characters least of all Eddie the main character. Like someone else said, if I never hear the words "today is Eddie's birthday" again, I'll consider it a good thing. The superficial story never made me care who Eddie was going to meet in heaven or what lessons they were going to teach him. The book does get better than last third, but that's only in comparision to the heading bangingly boring first two thirds of the story.
This "novel" is so empty of real thought that it seems to be only a vehicle for an author who is so enamored of his own voice that he disregards the needs of the reader/listener for either enlightenment or entertainment. Save your book credits--and your time! I gave it a single star, because the reader is pretty good. That foreshadowing music is really over the top, though,