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The Five People You Meet in Heaven | [Mitch Albom]

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.
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Publisher's Summary

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.

One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure? The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself.

In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you�ve ever thought about the afterlife � and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction will treasure.

©2003 Mitch Albom, Inc. All rights reserved; (P)2003 Hyperion

What the Critics Say

"Mitch Albom lifts us to a new level. You'll find here echoes of the classics � The Odyssey, for one � and that puts Albom's book in the best of company." (Frank McCourt)
"This is the fable you will devour when you fall in love. This is the tale you will keep by your side when you are lost. This is the story you will turn to again and again, because it possesses the rare magic to let you see yourself and the world anew. This book is a gift to the soul." (Amy Tan)

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    James Londonderry, NH, USA 01-03-05
    James Londonderry, NH, USA 01-03-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Manipulated"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Philomath, OR, United States 12-17-04
    Sandra Philomath, OR, United States 12-17-04 Member Since 2002

    I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites

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    "stop, already"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Atlanta, GA, United States 02-07-05
    Thomas Atlanta, GA, United States 02-07-05
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    "Blah, blah, blah"

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Pinehurst, NC, USA 12-29-04
    Janet Pinehurst, NC, USA 12-29-04 Member Since 2002
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    "pretentious"

    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,

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-28-06
    Shannon Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-28-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Lovely little book"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Markham, ON, Canada 01-29-06
    Jennifer Markham, ON, Canada 01-29-06
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Light reading, but very touching and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Elmhurst, IL, USA 01-28-06
    Maria Elmhurst, IL, USA 01-28-06
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    "Enthralling"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caesar44BC Detroit, MI 06-29-05
    Caesar44BC Detroit, MI 06-29-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Five People In Heaven"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Spooner, WI, USA 04-11-05
    Mary Spooner, WI, USA 04-11-05
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    "Overly sentimental"

    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?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Midland, MI, USA 02-02-05
    Randall Midland, MI, USA 02-02-05
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    "Unfortunate"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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