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

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a wonderfully moving fable that addresses the meaning of life, and life after death, in the poignant way that made Tuesdays with Morrie such an astonishing book.
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Publisher's Summary

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a wonderfully moving fable that addresses the meaning of life, and life after death, in the poignant way that made Tuesdays with Morrie such an astonishing book. The novel's protagonist is an elderly amusement park maintenance worker named Eddie who, while operating a ride called the "Free Fall", dies while trying to save a young girl who gets in the way of a falling cart that hurtles to earth. Eddie goes to heaven, where he meets five people who were unexpectedly instrumental in some way in his life. While each guide takes him through heaven, Eddie learns a little bit more about what his time on earth meant, what he was supposed to have learned, and what his true purpose on earth was. Throughout there are dramatic flashbacks where we see scenes from his troubled childhood, his years in the army in the Philippines jungle, and with his first and only love, his wife Marguerite. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is the perfect book to follow Tuesdays with Morrie. Its compellingly affecting themes and lyrical writing will fascinate Mitch Albom's huge readership.

©2006 Mitch Albom; (P)2006 Hyperion

What the Critics Say

"Albom has done it again...a powerful book, powerful enough to make one's inner snob feel a little uncomfortable." (Time)
"A book with genuine power to stir and comfort its readers." (The New York Times)

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    Rosemary CHILTERNAustralia 10-18-08
    Rosemary CHILTERNAustralia 10-18-08
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    "THOUGHT PROVOKING"

    WHAT BETTER TIME TO HEAR "THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN" THAN ON THE WAY TO A FUNERAL, A HAPPY FUNERAL OF A 91 YEAR OLD, JOYCE FROM GRONG GRONG. ONE'S THOUGHTS TURNED TO WHO WERE JOYCE'S 5? AND THEN, WHO WILL BE MY 5? WE WERE JUST ABOUT RACING BACK TO THE CAR TO LISTEN TO THE NEXT INSTALMENT. ITS NOT THAT WE'RE MACABRE AND WANT TO PASS THROUGH LIFE QUICKLY - THIS BOOK ENCAPTURES WHERE WE WOULD LIKE TO GO, WHERE WE HAVE NOT THOUGHT OF GOING AND WHERE WE MAY NOT GO. A TREMENDOUS WAY TO ENCOURAGE THOUGHT PROVOKING. THANKS MITCH. ANOTHER STEP IN THE DIRECTION, AFTER MORRIE!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Queensland, Australia 12-06-11
    Judith Queensland, Australia 12-06-11

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    "Touches my Heart just thinking about it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Five People You Meet in Heaven to be better than the print version?

    Yes - because Mitch reads it and knows what he is reading!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eddie - because he is so human and so vulnerable!


    What about Mitch Albom’s performance did you like?

    Everything - He creates the characters therefore understands the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mijin Seoul, Korea (South) 11-22-10
    Mijin Seoul, Korea (South) 11-22-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable"

    I must have expected a far better story since I loved his other book 'Tuesdays with Morrie',
    But I liked his narration, and the book was quite enjoyable, pleasant, and was not boring.
    If you do not have high expectations as I did, I am sure you will love this book more than I did.
    (Not that I didn't enjoy the five people)
    I wouldn't mind listening to it again at a later time.

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    Penelope Perth, Australia 01-26-09
    Penelope Perth, Australia 01-26-09 Member Since 2008
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  • Paul
    Harmer Hill, Shropshire, United Kingdom
    7/6/06
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    "Stunning"

    Absolutley stunning, I am not usually into this sort of thing but somebody recommended it and is fantastic. A wonderful story

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Holophyte
    11/29/09
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    "5 People you meet in Heaven"

    I loved this book. It was a great insight into how heaven may seem when we die. 5 people Eddie meets in heaven is a journey through his life and how it effected him whilst still on Earth. It's a good book and highly enjoyable to listen to. I hope Heavens that interesting when I go.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lottie
    GRAYS, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Beautiful Story"

    Mitch Albom as so many beautiful stories, they seem like ordinary fiction with a sparkle of magic. The Five People You Meet In Heaven is definite book you MUST read before you die. You hear about Eddie and his life on Earth and his journeys in Heaven after that life is over. It makes you feel part of the world. Like every moment, action and person are all connected to each other.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    HAYLING ISLAND, United Kingdom
    1/13/13
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    "Just lovely"

    Thought provoking and beautifully written - I just wanted to find out who was coming next and wasn't ready for the book to finish when it did. Well worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    RUISLIP, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Great Title but Disappointing Listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was far too cheesy for my tastes.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The concept really drew me in, it is a great idea for a book but I found the content a bit sentimental and childish and it did not interest me, I jumped through a few pages.


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

    He was a good narrator given the subject matter he did a fine job.


    Did The Five People You Meet in Heaven inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book will be like Marmite. You will either love it or hate it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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