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Tuesdays with Morrie

An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Narrated by: Mitch Albom
Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

Maybe it was a grandparent or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS, or motor neurone disease, Morrie visited Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. This is a chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

©1997 Mitch Albom (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks

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  • 14-04-13

tuesdays with Morrie

If my friend asked if she could borrow this book I would say no. I wouldn't even make excuses of feel guilty about it. I would rush online and buy her a copy to be sent as a random, but not truly altruistic, present. We both need our own copies, for this is a book to return to time and time again. This is no "I've read it, what's next?" book. This true story reminds me not only why I read but also why every 60 seconds of every minute is precious.  An old college professor (Morrie) is dying of an incurable condition. In his final months a former student (Mitch) reaches out to him and they rekindle what was once a very profound relationship. We learn about Morrie's highly respected life before he got sick and how Mitch has been living in the fast lane, yet has seemingly lost his way. Despite promises Mitch hasn't kept in touch. He heard about Morrie's illness on TV. When Mitch loses his job he has the gift of time; that he chooses to spend this with his old ‘coach' for who time is so limited offers one of this book's profound teachings. We don't always appreciate the simple things in life. Mitch and Morrie settle into an old pattern of spending Tuesday's together in class. This time the classroom is Morrie's front room and the subject is The Meaning of life. The book flows effortlessly; it is almost poetic. Once we have settled into it, each chapter represents another Tuesday, and another lesson: "The tenth Tuesday we talk about Marriage." In some respects it is reminiscent of Kahlil Gibran's ‘The Prophet'. But this is a dialogue, not just with a wise man, but with a man acutely facing his own mortality. Morrie's gift is that he sees hims lucky; he sees opportunity when others would only see sadness. His learning has never stopped. Mitch too seems lucky as he has a second chance. ponder. If you want to explore what's important to a brave man, at the end of life's long journey, I urge you to read this book. Just don't go lending it to anyone.

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Hmmmmm

Selected on the back of the great reviews and as someone who likes to learn in life, improve myself and others around me, I thought it would be a great choice.

I'm sort of left a bit perplexed. For sure it was someone's experience and story but I felt something was missing- whether it was he structure of the chapters I don't know, but felt it could have been laid out better with "life's lessons"
The only take away I can see are;
- death comes to all, enjoy what you have
- don't live in the past

Wanted to enjoy it more but felt something was missing.

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A blueprint for life....

How can an account of the last months of life, coping with such a cruel,debilitating condition be so positive and uplifting? I believe that even the most hard bitten, insensitive person could use this book as a ‘springboard’ to the future
Wonderful!

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Moving and a great listen

Just great, lots of wise words from an old man. Loved it. Also love that the narration is by the author.

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love this

this is a book that makes you reflect on how you are living or not living your life. it reminds you about what really matters

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A great sweet kind wise little book.

Great book. Well read and highly recomended. Listened to it again very soon after reading first time.

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Must read

A wonderful story of life love giving. An inspirational and moving lesson. To read over and over again

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  • 13-01-20

Better than the hardcopy book.

Better than the hardcopy book. Mitch will speak in Morrie's way before he past away.

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Very Good, But....

Absolutely excellent listen and quite sweet but nowhere as powerful as For One More Day. The only criticism I would have is that it was a bit too sweet in places where it could have been more philosophical.

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Brilliant, soul touching and warmth giving

I live with chronic illness, a bit of my ability disappears each year and I long ago made peace with my mortality. Life does change, you look at things differently, you see things you didn't and you cherish things more.
Six months ago my husband died suddenly, we are in our 40s. I've spent those months in turmoil, i expect to die whenever I leave the house, the friendship group I had nurtured for years has disbanded, because it suddenly became me who needed the help not them and I've felt a panic that my peace will never come back, an obligation to go back into the rat race and look at the world more harshly.
But I have listened to this in less than 24 hours and I can feel my peace and equilibrium returning.
Mories wise words have sunk in, his outlook has been instilled in me.
It was an honour to share those thoughts and to take away so much from them.
I don't normally reread books, but I'm sure this is one I will return to.

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  • Mijin
  • 03-11-10

Beau-ti-ful Story!!

As soon as I purchased it, I started listening, and enjoyed each and every minute of it.
In my opinion, it is extremely well written and on the top of that the narration is outstanding, too.
It is great to listen to the story narrated by the author, and he reads the book beautfully.

This is a true story which makes the book even more special, I think.
Thought provoking, inspiring and the author makes you laugh here and there as well.
I hope you enjoy the book just as much as I did, if you decide to get it.

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  • Rosemary
  • 10-12-08

How to live... and how to die

A brilliant story with such feeling. Mitch, you are inspirational.
Tuesdays with Morrie was given to me as a book by a now dear departed friend. Means so much more.
Great

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  • Jon
  • 17-10-08

An outstanding book

This book is not only packed full of life lessons, but is a wonderful story as well. It touches your heart.

Narration was outstanding.

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  • Michael Stringer
  • 31-12-07

Pragmatic words on difficult issues

Living and dying well provide many challenges that continue to baffle us. "Tuesdays with Morrie" gives some stimulating insights through the recounting of conversations between Mitch and his old college teacher Morrie as Morrie dies of Lou Gerig's disease. The book broaches difficult topics without unbelievable hype or off-putting sentimentality. It is a great listen.

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  • samuel vousden
  • 30-10-19

Amazing

Very important life lessons. Truly a touching book that really moved me. Thank you Morrie!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-19

great book that puts life into perspective

this book is fantastic. quite short and to the point. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Nzilani
  • 03-09-18

This was brilliant...Full of life lessons

This is such a good book. Postponed reading it for years and finally decided to listen so that I get to it...and I'm so glad I finally did! The listen with Mitchs voice makes it very real, you feel immersed. A blessing of a book, would recommend it to all.

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  • Chikaman
  • 31-07-18

Mortality

We live as if we will never die and die as if we have never lived. A very touching and moving story. We are so engrossed with life that we fail to realize that one day we will all die. According to Wordsworth, getting and spending we lay waste our powers.

This book forced me to think more about my own mortality. I was forced to think about life's meanings.

The advice given by Morris makes so much sense to me. 1) Love our family 2) Help our community 3) Get involve in something greater than us, that is leave a legacy.

I strongly recommend this book.

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  • shannagen
  • 11-01-18

so touching..

theres just so much to grasp in this book.. im going to do this again.

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  • Brad
  • 06-06-17

moving and thought provoking<br />

I was worried at first not knowing how I would react to a story that I knew was very sad. having now completed the book I'm glad I read it. this heartfelt account of a dying man is a must read - because it's real.