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Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson | [Mitch Albom]

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

Maybe it was a grandparent or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?
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Maybe it was a grandparent or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS, or motor neurone disease, Morrie visited Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. This is a chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

©1997 Mitch Albom; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks

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    Rosemary CHILTERNAustralia 12-10-08
    Rosemary CHILTERNAustralia 12-10-08
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    "How to live... and how to die"

    A brilliant story with such feeling. Mitch, you are inspirational.
    Tuesdays with Morrie was given to me as a book by a now dear departed friend. Means so much more.
    Great

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mijin Seoul, Korea (South) 11-03-10
    Mijin Seoul, Korea (South) 11-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Beau-ti-ful Story!!"

    As soon as I purchased it, I started listening, and enjoyed each and every minute of it.
    In my opinion, it is extremely well written and on the top of that the narration is outstanding, too.
    It is great to listen to the story narrated by the author, and he reads the book beautfully.

    This is a true story which makes the book even more special, I think.
    Thought provoking, inspiring and the author makes you laugh here and there as well.
    I hope you enjoy the book just as much as I did, if you decide to get it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    10-17-08
    10-17-08 Member Since 2007
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    "An outstanding book"

    This book is not only packed full of life lessons, but is a wonderful story as well. It touches your heart.

    Narration was outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 12-31-07
    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 12-31-07 Member Since 2007

    I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.

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    "Pragmatic words on difficult issues"

    Living and dying well provide many challenges that continue to baffle us. "Tuesdays with Morrie" gives some stimulating insights through the recounting of conversations between Mitch and his old college teacher Morrie as Morrie dies of Lou Gerig's disease. The book broaches difficult topics without unbelievable hype or off-putting sentimentality. It is a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Wetherill Park, NSW, Australia 04-09-10
    Alan Wetherill Park, NSW, Australia 04-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The life and death of a true teacher"

    Through Mitch Albom's words we meet a wonderful man and teacher, Morrie Schwartz, whose attitude towards life and his rapidly approaching death is inspiring.

    Hearing Morrie and Mitch chat at the end of book really brings their relationship and Morrie himself to life

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    rosie Australia 02-19-10
    rosie Australia 02-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Life changing"

    This story will have you thinking about your own life. Inspiring and thought provoking. You will not resist feeling sorry for Morrie yet you know he had a wonderfully full and exciting life. A tear will be shed.

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    Andrew Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-01-07
    Andrew Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-01-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Great book...."

    Great book....

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    suzanne New York, NY, United States 10-14-09
    suzanne New York, NY, United States 10-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "not for me"

    I was bored and did not finish it.

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    "tuesdays with Morrie"

    If my friend asked if she could borrow this book I would say no. I wouldn't even make excuses of feel guilty about it. I would rush online and buy her a copy to be sent as a random, but not truly altruistic, present. We both need our own copies, for this is a book to return to time and time again. This is no "I've read it, what's next?" book. This true story reminds me not only why I read but also why every 60 seconds of every minute is precious.  An old college professor (Morrie) is dying of an incurable condition. In his final months a former student (Mitch) reaches out to him and they rekindle what was once a very profound relationship. We learn about Morrie's highly respected life before he got sick and how Mitch has been living in the fast lane, yet has seemingly lost his way. Despite promises Mitch hasn't kept in touch. He heard about Morrie's illness on TV. When Mitch loses his job he has the gift of time; that he chooses to spend this with his old ‘coach' for who time is so limited offers one of this book's profound teachings. We don't always appreciate the simple things in life. Mitch and Morrie settle into an old pattern of spending Tuesday's together in class. This time the classroom is Morrie's front room and the subject is The Meaning of life. The book flows effortlessly; it is almost poetic. Once we have settled into it, each chapter represents another Tuesday, and another lesson: "The tenth Tuesday we talk about Marriage." In some respects it is reminiscent of Kahlil Gibran's ‘The Prophet'. But this is a dialogue, not just with a wise man, but with a man acutely facing his own mortality. Morrie's gift is that he sees hims lucky; he sees opportunity when others would only see sadness. His learning has never stopped. Mitch too seems lucky as he has a second chance. ponder. If you want to explore what's important to a brave man, at the end of life's long journey, I urge you to read this book. Just don't go lending it to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
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    "A great sweet kind wise little book."

    Great book. Well read and highly recomended. Listened to it again very soon after reading first time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    12/3/14
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    "A Poignant Read!"
    If you could sum up Tuesdays with Morrie in three words, what would they be?

    Realistic
    Moving
    Impressionable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Morrie Schwartz

    He has wonderful way of describing lifes experiences. He is full of wisdom and doesn't judge anyone in any shape or form.


    What about Mitch Albom’s performance did you like?

    I always love it when an author reads their very own book. You know that you are getting a true reflection on how they want you to view the book. Having listened to a couple of Mitch's books I always like the impressions he does of his characters, especially when he is delivering a particular humourous part of the story. Mitch certainly didn't fail in this book with his impersonations of Morrie.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It would have to be towards the end of the book when Morrie was dying. Despite Morrie being very uncomfortable with his illness it was moving to hear how he was so calm and composed throughout this time and certainly not afraid to die. It gave me some peace and understanding into the circle of life.


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  • Hassan
    4/12/14
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    "Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Tuesdays with Morrie the most enjoyable?

    It had me hooked from the first moment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Morrie.........silly question really considering who the book was about.


    What about Mitch Albom’s performance did you like?

    Natural delivery of each word


    Any additional comments?

    Morrie had an amazing outlook on life, life is there to be lived and I'm delighted I got that msg from Morrie.
    My Dancing will never be the same .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. A. Lynch
    Leeds West Yorkshire, UK
    1/29/14
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    "This book made me cry!"
    Where does Tuesdays with Morrie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I got this book because it was required reading for my book club and I didn't quite know what to expect. It is not the sort of book I would usually listen to but I really found it to be a very special book. It spoke to me on so many levels and offered thoughts and aphorisms which I really found to be quite profound.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tuesdays with Morrie?

    I found the last visit by Mitch Albom to 'coach' was so moving that I remember it very well. It is beautifully described and did in fact reduce me to tears I also thought that the inscription for the headstone 'Teacher 'til the last' was very, very accurate.


    What does Mitch Albom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I like the gentle self examination of this simple and complicated relationship and how it works into his own life both in the past and at the time of the last thesis but I found the real recordings as the end of the book particularly moving.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For me it was too intense to listen all in one sitting. I found that I needed to digest it in several bites.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if enjoy is quite the word to describe how this book felt to me. I am glad I listened to the book, I certainly felt that I learned things from it. Perhaps because of my own personal circumstances it touched me deeply but I genuinely believe it is an interesting and instructive book with a deep insight into life, friendship and courage but it is not prosy it is written with humour and insight and I would recommend anyone looking for a book with depth to listen to this book and judge for themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Denny, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "Food for thought"
    Where does Tuesdays with Morrie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. I also have this book in paperback and gifted it to many friends over the years. I never get tired of listening to it and just love the story and how you walk away seeing your life different than you did before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact the book makes you sit up and take note of your life, it inspires you to action. It reminds us how short life is and is a constant reminder of out own mortality.


    Which character – as performed by Mitch Albom – was your favourite?

    Mitch himself.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It takes you on a roller coaster of emotions but overall it leaves you feeling good about the future.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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