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Just Like Heaven

By: Marc Levy
Narrated by: Michael McGlone
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
3.5 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet, particularly when she's surprised that you can even see her, and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? Should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? Or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure?

This is the beginning of the dilemma that Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment.

Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren's secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren's physical care, which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish, he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him.

A heartwarming love story that's impossible to forget, an adventure that is by turns breathtaking and hilarious, Just Like Heaven is a captivating tale that evokes the essence of romance and our boundless capacity to believe.

©2000 Marc Levy (P)2000 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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Just Like Heaven (Unabridged)

This book is a fantastic read and will keep your attention the whole time. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to see the Move Now.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Definitely Beach Fare

This was a pleasant, simple tale. I didn't even really see any controversy related to euthanasia. There was nothing to generate an argument (no less passion) one way or another on that topic. It was a love story based on a fairy tale. Very light listening suited to mindless pleasure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Cute, but boring

I enjoyed the movie, so I decided to try the book. Big mistake ! This audiobook is 5 hours too long, could have been abridged to 31 minutes. Too wordy, keeps going back to the same subject over and over again. Save your credit for something with more substance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointed

I never saw the movie but the book was a little boring. I was kinda of disappointed with the audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

From Deep Within the Heart...

...comes such a moving and thought-provoking tale of two people who upon a chance meeting became one. I chuckled and at times tears filled my eyes listening to this audio. I liked the narrator very much and will seek out more of his works.

The excerpt below couldn't describe this book any better!

"A heartwarming love story that's impossible to forget, an adventure that is by turns breathtaking and hilarious, Just Like Heaven is a captivating tale that evokes the essence of romance and our boundless capacity to believe."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

A Pre-Death Experience

I enjoyed listening to this story. The premise is a very interesting take on one of the saddest medical diagnoses--irreversible coma and "heaven". I liked the perspective from the patient's point of view and many of the descriptions of California. As a visual person, when I read a book, I see the movie in my head--when listening to an audiobook, I hear the language. Levy's writing was a bit too flowery at times to flow as easily as his ideas about pre-death, euthenasia, and love. Good listen for the story, however.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Heartfelt story

I just finished listening to the book today. It was hard to put my Ipod down. It's nice to imagine that there's life beyond all this. An experience that will touch your heart and open your mind. A nice story about love, understanding your past and believing in your future. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

The Movie was Better

I thought this book was cute, although the characters weren't very believable and there were parts that were rather boring. The pretense was great, but there was no real substance or talent behind the book. I saw the movie after I read the book and there were so many differences, yet I found myself liking the movie more than the book I'd read, which is rare.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not Like the Movie

I downloaded this book before viewing the movie. The two are considerably different. The book is entertaining, and the narrator has an intense voice. This intensity is not necessary, but doesn't detract from the book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Movie vs book

Well folks, there is no reason to have changed the book’s name to match the movie’s name for this audio book because these aren’t the same story. Ok, there is a comatose, young female doctor. Her Spirit has separated from her body and she meets the man living in her apartment- the only person who can see her spirit. His buddy helps him steal the body.... ok lots of similarities BUT.... Whereas the movie is delightful and funny, and the characters are charming and quirky, the book is serious and dull and the characters are boring and utterly without personality, nothing to keep you interested or engaged in their lives.
Save yourself the time and watch the movie instead. It’s way, way, better! Kudos to the screen writer who took the skeleton of a dull story and turned it into a fun, cute rom-com that leaves you smiling.