The story begins rather slowly - I considered stopping. It's well written, and makes the reader contemplate his own life choices. Many deep phrases are included that cause introspection. Over all, I'm glad I bought it. The narration was very good, although he has a bit of trouble with female voices, which could be an issue in tales with more female characters. Loosely compares to It's a Beautiful Life or A Christmas Story: not time travel.
Value every moment
Great story for adults in the car and when you can get high school kids to stop playing video games and really listen with great interest as well that's even better. The fact the high school kids were upset when we got to the hotel for the night and the story was not over and they wanted to stay in the car even longer was even more impressive Mitch! I would call this one of those family TIMES I will always remember, We thank you Mitch for giving us that family memory and a great way to start a vacation.
Feeling the experience of the story.
It made me realize and value the moment I was in a whole lot more.
Mitch covers life's simple core values that often go by us without notice. In an age that values how fast we can move forward, it was a great reminder that life is really about the journey.
I wish I could listen to this story again for the first time! Such a beautiful story with such a long-lasting effect. This story changed the way I view life. Everyone should take time to listen and understand the deeper meaning of how precious time is to this life.
I have a degree in English Literature and I really appreciate thought-provoking, lovingly-crafted tales. I think this book would appeal to people who don't mind meandering narratives, who don't worry about small details, and who don't mind being preached at.
I first heard about Mitch Albom because of the success of Tuesdays with Morrie. I have never read one of his books before and both my husband and I found this story to lack shape and cogency, the characters (especially Sarah Lemon) to be horribly cliched, and that the story had a preachy tone. I don't know whether Albom is trying to use magical realism as a device but it fails. Also neither of us felt the central character deserved to be punished for recording the passage of time -- the moral message of the whole book doesn't really seem to add up.
The narrator was excellent. I'm British and enjoyed listening to a fellow Brit who also brought the American characters to life so well. It's just a shame he was reading such a weak and tenuous story that sounds like it was dashed out by an author more interested in quantity than quality.
I rarely write a review for a book but after listening to this one I felt that I have to.
In short, my opinion about this book is that it's the kind of books that you wish that it will never finish and when you are done with it, you will feel like you have lost a dear friend.
I have always been fascinated by the perception of time. This beautiful tale is a must read for anybody who thinks there aren't enough hours in a day.