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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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!

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  • Judith
  • Queensland, Australia
  • 12-06-11

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.<br/>

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  • Mijin
  • Seoul, Korea (South)
  • 11-22-10

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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  • Paul
  • 07-06-06

Stunning

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

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  • Holophyte
  • 11-29-09

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.

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  • Sarah James
  • 07-07-14

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.

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  • Lottie
  • 04-13-13

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.

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  • Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE
  • 01-13-13

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.

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  • Kirsty Hamilton
  • 07-05-15

Love it

I love this book. I was never much of a reader as a child ( I found it difficult to read till I was 18 and dignosed with server dyslexia ) I got a kindle and this was one of the first books I read and I think this is now my 5 or 6 time readng it...this time I got it on audible too so I can listen while falling asleep.

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  • mr j w whiting
  • 06-15-15

Just not for me

First there is nothing wrong with the story or writing style.. It's a nice story and will appeal to many.

I found the start great and would have been vastly more interested if the story had delved deeper into the style of person 1... However I found for me the content lacking and struggled to stay engaged with the book as a whole..

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  • Ada E Cowie
  • 06-08-15

Heavenly

Thought this was a beautiful book, thoughtful, yet affirming one's faith.
Not over long but each sequence there fir a purpose and segued perfectly to the next.

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  • Dappledwood
  • 03-24-15

Charming but rather twee

What did you like most about The Five People You Meet in Heaven?

It was a sweet unrealistic little flight of fancy.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Of it's kind it was excellent but it is rather simplistic and childlike and I think would appeal to a young teenage reader-ship. I was going to read it with my book club but thought they would consider it to unchallenging.

Have you listened to any of Mitch Albom’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't. His reading was very good and I warmed to the characters.

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

I certainly engaged with the main protagonist , he was a nice guy but that is all.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend it but only to the right person.

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  • Maria D
  • 01-24-15

Beautiful moving story

Although a short story it has a powerful thought provoking punch. It moved me to tears a couple of times.

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