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The Five People You Meet in Heaven Audiobook

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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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.

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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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    Paul Harmer Hill, Shropshire, United Kingdom 06/07/2006
    Paul Harmer Hill, Shropshire, United Kingdom 06/07/2006
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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
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    Holophyte 29/11/2009
    Holophyte 29/11/2009 Listener Since 2009
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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
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    Lottie GRAYS, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Lottie GRAYS, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE Hayling Island, UK 13/01/2013
    Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE Hayling Island, UK 13/01/2013 Member Since 2017
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsty Hamilton Glasgow 05/07/2015
    Kirsty Hamilton Glasgow 05/07/2015
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    30/06/2015
    30/06/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Death comes to Life..."

    With the considerable challenge of leaving work on a dark Thursday evening at the end of a short busy week and with 350 motorway miles and headlights ahead before taking my seat in the Chapel of Rest the next morning - I felt that I was probably in the best position to try this chewing gum of the mind novel which my wife and the girls at work loved and had read years before.

    Its a queer thing, Fundamentalism. In all other aspects, like new age racism, I’m the first to eschew it... but where I’ve nothing to say about its ugly twin, there is, undoubtedly, a perniciousness about gently lulling down the M5 with the souls and sounds of the dead sitting behind you there at the wheel.

    Politically corrected, of course, we know where it ends. The mystery is where it starts - kind words into ebullience, pride and love into confrontation and hate - and a journey to the promised land via a short cut through the Gates of Hell.

    But my Thursday night battle with the traffic and the world outside was about a different journey. As a now middle-aged man, the vivid felt pictures on the sheet stretched on the wall at Gwen’s as she told Bible stories and picked Donkeys and Camels and Palm Trees and turban-hatted merchants from her wooden box to build up the moralising story, easily assumed the role of mind pictures for Mitch.

    The buffet lunch at the Golf Club after time at the Crem took the place of the watery orange squash and cup cakes before Band of Hope was over.... and the band of cousins and half cousins, brother and a sister and most especially a Mam without our Dad completed the intoxication. A restful, comfortable lost world that still peeps out from under the grief and the relief that, as it always does, it all ends in tears before we all have to go back to work.

    This story, like all religion tells us in detail about the life that we’d have if we didn’t have life.

    So what’s our consolation? That there is a big slice of ham pie waiting for us when the curtain falls? Or is it the ‘Hiya Dad. How were they all down in Wales. You told them that we were sorry that we didn’t come but exams and the new job got in the way’ when I hobbled out of the car after completing the journey home accompanied by something a bit less mawkish on the way back North?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mr j w whiting 15/06/2015
    mr j w whiting 15/06/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "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..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ada E Cowie 08/06/2015
    Ada E Cowie 08/06/2015 Member Since 2009
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dappledwood UK 24/03/2015
    Dappledwood UK 24/03/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elena D. 24/01/2015
    Elena D. 24/01/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful moving story"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Rosemary
    CHILTERNAustralia
    18/10/08
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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
  • Judith
    Queensland, Australia
    06/12/11
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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.<br/>


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mijin
    Seoul, Korea (South)
    22/11/10
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Penelope
    Perth, Australia
    26/01/09
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    "The Five People"

    Enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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