The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

byMitch Albom

Paperback | March 1, 2006

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A specially produced paperback edition--with flaps--of the phenomenal #1New York Timesbestseller, that has sold more than six million copies in hardcover
Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.

One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself.

InThe Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you've ever thought about the afterlife--and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who lovedTuesdays with Morrie, will treasure.
Mitch Albomis an author, playwright, and screenwriter who has written seven books, including the international bestsellerTuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His first novel,The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was an instant number-oneNew York Timesbestseller that has since sold more than six million copies worldwi...
Title:The Five People You Meet In HeavenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.25 × 5.25 × 0.62 inPublished:March 1, 2006Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1401308589

ISBN - 13:9781401308582

Appropriate for ages: 13


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This is a great book!! I definitely recommend this book for all ages!
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is such a great book. I was totally hooked from the beginning. It is a quick read. Great concept and characters. Such a deep backstory. It makes you wonder about who the 5 people you meet in heaven will be.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this book down! I bought this book a while ago, and I have read it a good 10 times. Teaches readers that even in the smallest and simplest ways any person whom one encounters with may play a significant role in our daily lives. Definitely a book to recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! You will laugh, you will cry, you will fall in love with the crotchety caretaker of this amusement park!
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lessons Great book for all ages. I read this in high school for a class. And looking back at it, I believe that this book is great for anyone to read.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable book! I would definitely recommend that for a quick read! Its sweet and insightful!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This book makes you realize how one person, without realizing, can touch and alter people's lives. A really great read that delivers such great lessons!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! Loved this book from beginning to end. Mitch Albom is an amazing author.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This is a great read! Its full of good life lessons and its a must-read of you're a fan of Mitch Albom's work.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the purchase! Bought this book a few years ago and recently re-read it. I would recommend this book to anyone and I will read it again in the future. Worth the purchase!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book for the soul. This book brought me smiles and tears... I felt more positive after reading it. I will be reading this annually. It really is a book for the soul.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! I bought this book on a whim because of the reviews and I definitely was not disappointed! I felt a range of emotions and it really made me look at my life and the things that I want to accomplish before I pass on.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I was given this book by my sister with high hopes and was not disappointed. All characters are developed intricately while painting the life of the protagonist. Mitch Albom quickly captured my mind and heart with this book.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent. One of my favorite books. Suggested it to my mom and she loved it just as much as I did. I love stories where everything connects and this was definitely it. I managed to finish it in about a day.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a wonderful read! i have not just read this book once but over and over, every time i find something I've missed. i love it. i have passed it on you family and friends to read as well. its short and a quick read but a wonderful story that really paints a beautiful and sometime sad picture.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read. I've read this book 3 times. I feel like it touches me differently every time I read it.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this story I had to read this for my English class, though I usually don't like English assigned books, I enjoyed this one. I found I had to put it down because I needed to re evaluate what was spoken, even though I didn't want to.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed My Outlook on Life This book was absolutely riveting from start to finish. Amazing character development, and the end had me sobbing like crazy! I know I'll be thinking about this book for a long time to come.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating story! I loved this story - it has excellent character development :)
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful message A wonderful novel. Mitch Albom is truly an amazing author. I feel like most of his novels, even though they may come across as an easy read, they really make us stop and think and maybe reread certain parts. I really like the message that goes along with this story. Eddie meets 5 people in Heaven, some he had very little connections too, or so he thought. Apparently, these 5 people had a significant impact while he was alive. Even though we may think we are not making an impact in the lives of others, there is a very good chance that we are.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Sure this book was sort of a long read but overall what you will take away from it is amazing!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Great book! Remember everyone you meet is meant to cross your path on your journey.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it His books never disappoint! This book is amazing and I love the stories.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like it this book is well constructed and so moving. the prose is easy to read and should be savoured. For a short book this can be a long read if the reader really takes the time to digest every word.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read!!! this book was amazing! we never realize how just a simple act can affect people..even people we do not know. we all are connected in some way!!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Love this author. This story is moving and thought provoking.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites! What a beautiful possibility of an afterlife and having the meaning of our lives explained to us!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Love, love Loved this book. So good. Everyone needs to read this
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heartflet journey one of my favorite books. great story for any reader
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book, highly recommend (for pretty much any age group).
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read! The title alone got me reading this book and more when I found out the Mitch Albom wrote it since I am a big fan of his Tuesday's with Morrie. Though I did not like this book as much as I did Tuesday's, Mitch Albom again succeeded in inspiring his readers and moving them to have uniquely fresh view of death just like what he did in Tuesday's.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must read! Adored this book. A must read :)
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Really liked this one! Been a while since I read it.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Five People You Meet In Heaven Great book, amazing author! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I love Mitch Albom. Great quick read that is beautiful and emotional - has been reread and recommended to many friends
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 5 stars? really? Actually found this book a big disappointment and boring. Loved tuesdays with Morrie.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful So poignant, beautiful read. It should be on everyone's reading list.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from will reread again! Great writing and perspective on how and end could be a new beginning
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Best book I read in high school! Still to this day I can't put it down #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love Love this book. So emotional and beautifully written. A book I go back and re-read every couple of years.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Love Mitch Albom, this is the second novel i have read by Albom and I love his writing. Easy to read, great story line, emotional, moving, always a lesson to be learnt.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good read first book to read from Mitch Albom... moved and impressed by the writing. Will look to read more from this author
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I had never heard of Mitch Albom until i found this book on a bench and decided to read it. After that, i started looking for more books from this author. Short read, moving story. A really good book
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute story! Such a nice book, I am glad that I read it
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! Mitch Albom is a wonderful writer. This book was beautiful. It's a must read!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! Love Mitch Albom. Insightful. Inspirational.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this This was a delightful read and enlightening. Always a good book to read again. Makes the heart soulful
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this book was amazing, since reading it I have been telling everyone about this. I stayed up till 2am reading it, because I could not bear to put it down. It is a beautiful yet easy and fast read. Everyone should read this book
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Talent! Mitch albom is extremely talented!! Love his books
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read I've read this a few times, and each time I learn something new about myself.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from short but excellent Great for a book club. Gives the reader lots of insight
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eloquently Written This is such a beautiful book that helped me get through a difficult time. Highly recommend for all young adults and older.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This one a classic! everyone needs to read this in their lifetime!!!!! Beautiful and inspirational, just left in awe!!! READ IT!!!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! This was the second book I read by Mitch Albom and I was immediately blown away. I am about to start reading it in French and although it will be tricky in another language I can't wait to get into the story again!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT! I read my first book by Mitch Albom last year and I loved it. I've been looking since then for this book and it was well worth the wait!! It's a GREAT story!!!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The First of Many This was the first book I read by Mitch Albom and I have fell in love with his books since then. Truly a great piece of art.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Classic I read this because it's one of those books that's often read by high school students. It just wasn't great.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I've read quite a few Mitch Albom books, and this was by far my favourite. Very thought provoking and has you coming away asking yourself who you may have influenced in someone's life, and don't even know it!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite read This book has been my favourite read time and time again. I've picked it up and have read this about 4 times now, and each time I take away something different from it. This book is absolutely life-changing, a must read!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! One of my all time fav books!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An all-time favourite. I don't often read books twice. This is one book that I would read over and over again. Makes you really think about the people in your life and the impact they have on you... and the impact that you have on them.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching I found this book very touching and sweet. I wish it had been longer because I enjoyed it so much and it was a very quick read. Great story!
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! I thought that this book was an actual gem. Truly it was. So moving. I cried a few times at it.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Wish the book was longer. Such a good story. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and beautiful This beautiful story had me think and see some things in a different light. A must read #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read excellent prose, a classic
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Very powerful and moving story.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant One of the most touching books I've ever read. I've probably re-read it a dozen times!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtful book A great book about the impact you can have on everyone who crosses your path. I'm not a religious person but I've read this book multiple times and love it! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible I would think the 5 people you meet in heaven would be people who's lives you've had a positive impact on. This was such a negative story and the ending did not save it
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I am not a religious person, so at first I thought I would not enjoy this book; however, a friend of mine recommend it so I gave it a read. I truly enjoyed the story line and it was well written. I was able to imagine everything that happened in the book and was able to make personal connections to the people in the book.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing twist. I have now read The Five People You Meet In Heaven twice. It was phenomenal. You can feel Eddie's pain throughout the book. You can feel his joy, his sorrow, his rejection and his guilt. Mitch Albom writes in such a way that you can visualize everything. The Five People You Meet In Heaven should be on everyone's bookshelf. #plumreview.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not your typical book Based on the title, I expected this book to be religious. Being secular myself, I was delightfully surprised that this book didn't really delve into any specific religion, but rather, it approached heaven as a broad idea. I truly enjoyed reading this book, it was so beautifully written.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very unexpected This book was a gift and I will keep it for a very long time. It was not what was expected, but I loved every part.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! My friend lent me this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! So I got myself a copy for my bookshelf!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love this book! It was heart-warming, inspiring and thought provoking. I've read the book multiple times and have watched the movie.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left me in Awe This book was such an interesting read and not at all what I was expecting. So many twists and turns. It really leaves you thinking in the end. It is worth reading again in a few years.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! This is a must read book for everyone of all ages. I first read it in high school and was captivated. Recently, I got a copy for my boyfriend (who read it in a few days & loved it) and it gave me a chance to re-read it as an adult and WOW it is wonderful. You will cry in some parts and laugh out loud in others. Really makes you think about what's important in life. And it's all a true story. It will stay with you for a very very long time. Read this book!!!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Absolutely love this book! I think everyone should read it
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who are your 5 people? This is my favourite book by mitch albom and one of my all time favourites. I have read it more times then I can count and I have highlighted it and written notes in the margins. Who will you meet on your journey to heaven
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great concept This was a really interesting read! It made me think about a lot of things differently and I quite enjoyed the writing style. Mitch Albom is a wonderful author.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eyeopening, heartbreaking, phenomenal This novel is a high impact read that will affect every reader on some level. The story line is simple yet well written and developed. The characters are relatable and speak to the reader's own life.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Story This novel takes you through the process of death with Eddie where he learns about the truths of his life. Five people from Eddie's past, loved ones and acquaintances included, explain how certain events can change someone. Eddie must meet all five people before he can finally rest.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST Read for everyone of all ages! This book exemplifies the essence of humanity and what it means to feel so insignificant in a world so big, only to discover that you've touch so many lives and have meant more to others then you truly thought. It was recommended to me by a teach, and fellow book lover, as a must read and I agree 100%. Regardless of religion or beliefs this book simply graces the idea of "what is life after death?"
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was the first Mitch Albom book I read and I was surprised about how the story developed in such a short book. Definitely a great read!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This book is a classic. Mitch Albom makes you think about how your actions affect others and the ripple they can cause. It's a quick insightful and thought-provoking read. #plumrewards
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful and inspiring This book helped me through a very hard time in my life. It was uplifting and inspired hope in me for afterlife when my faith was shaken. A very important read that everyone should seek out.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book This is one of the first books by Mitch Albom that I have read, and it was amazing. Always such a great read, and if I need some inspiration or a reality check, it's a great resource. There is a lot of reflection about life contained in the pages, and teaches you a lot of things about lessons about people you love, and people who you think didn't have an impact on your life.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful Read Heart warming.Inspiring.Thought Provoking
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Touching book I bought this book for an assignment, however i fell in love with it! The book was written really well and the emotions were pouring out from the words and sentences. I was tearing up when reading the book. :')
Date published: 2014-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! So well written, really makes you think about the people you have touch in your life.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring thoughts about heaven! A touching and thought provoking book about our after lives and the people we come in contact with during our time on earth. Of the 5 people Eddie meets in heaven, the 5th was the most surprising for me and I think the exact person Eddie needed to meet as soul wrenching as it was for him. Of course the very end is what Eddie deserved. He may have been a 'simple' man, but his life was definitely inter-twined with others. Great book by Mr. Albom, right up there with 'Tuesdays with Morrie'.
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great idea! When I read Tuesdays with Morrie, it became one of my favourite novels and I couldn't wait to read more of Albom's books. I finally had the opportunity to read this novel. It is such an easy and straightforward read. I used it with my ESL students who are in the intermediate/senior levels. The idea of meeting people in heaven to explain your life and teach you lessons is a really cool idea. My boyfriend and I had a discussion about who we would want to meet in heaven if something like this were to be true. It raises a lot of interesting points and questions. The story is a sweet one. It really reminded me of Scrooge and how he met three ghosts on Christmas Eve. The story was told in a similar way and had the same basic idea. Still, it was different because Eddie is not given the chance to change if he wanted to. Instead he has to look back on his life, remember it and even see it through other people's lives. As he meets his five people, his body changes in a sped-up version of the aging he has gone through over the years. I was kind of disappointed by the ending; it seemed like he just had to finish the book and rushed through the last bit. Overall the story is a nice story and it is a good read. I wouldn't read it if you're looking for great depth and some great symbolism because it did not come across as the type of book to me. Between the two books of his that I have read, I would choose Tuesdays with Morrie as the better one.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Full of great quotes Easy and short read. I liked the lessons in this book. Gives a reassuring idea of life after death. Wrote down at least one inspirational quote per chapter. Give it a try!
Date published: 2011-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my usual fare I don't usually read this genre of novel, but challenged myself to expand my horizons. This is the short, touching story of an elderly man who dies and meets people who have passed on before him who played a role in his life. Each of the five come to him to teach him a lesson about himself (and life in general). This certainly was emotional and thought provoking, and the character of Eddie was realistic to say the least, but I don't imagine heaven to be exactly what Mitch Albom, the author, believes it to be. However, rather than get into a theological debate, I will simply say this: The Five People You Meet in Heaven was better than I thought it would be, and would probably mean more to those who have experienced more death than I have.
Date published: 2011-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful story I bought this book not really knowing what to expect, as I've never read a Mitch Albom book yet (I plan on reading all of them now!). At first I thought the story was queer, and the concept of Eddie's heaven presented as new, but as the story progressed, I began to really love the main character...I even cried in some parts. I think it's a must-read!
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exploring Eddie's Heaven The book entitled the five people you meet in Heaven is a great book for book clubs as well as a great book for teachers to read to students. The story explores the topic of the afterlife and inspires many infinite topics of conversation. Through the character in the story named Eddie, the author, Mitch Albom conveys his concept of heaven, although the topic of heaven is limited to the author’s perception it is different than standard concepts of heaven, for example, angels with wings. The story is heart warming as well as inspirational. Eddie is an elderly man who has worked at a seaside amusement park for as long as he can remember. He dies one day in a tragic accident at the amusement park when he tries to save a little girl's life. The story begins at the end of Eddie's life on earth. The author Mitch Albom explores the idea of Eddie’s afterlife during his descent from this earth into heaven. Along his journey in the afterlife, Eddie encounters five different souls, each of whom have played a role in the meaning of his earthly life. Eddie’s memories of his past are weaved into a beautiful story as Eddie learns why he has had a connection with each of these souls on earth and how and why each one has played a role in his life. As the story builds to the conclusion, Eddie also learns that he too is one important piece of a much bigger picture. The story is heart warming as well as inspirational. Although the topic of heaven is limited to the author’s perception it is different than standard concepts of heaven, for example, angels with wings.
Date published: 2011-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I found this book to be intriguing. It made me think of the five people that i will meet the day i go to heaven. I wonder if it will be my dad or any other family members that will help me on my new journey throw the after life. I found this book to be a great read, and recommed this book to anyone.
Date published: 2010-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a very nice book. Mitch knows how to write from the soul, that's for sure. He seems to know a lot about life in general. It was a sweet book. Made me smile.
Date published: 2010-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright The book was alright, good story, quick read. But it wasn't a book I couldn't keep my eyes off of.
Date published: 2010-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Timeless Gift First and foremostly, Mitch Albolm is a genius. The Five People you Meet in Heaven is truely a work that doesnt come around just everyday. The lighthearted simplicity yet thought provoking content combines to elegantly spin a rich story of new emotional height. You will quickly fall in love with Eddie, a rough n' tuff elderly with a soft heart and a hardend exterior, compliments of the war. As his story unfolds, the incredibly intricate web of human kind reveals itself for a shining moment where lives are truely touched. Albolm has the amazing ability to understand the underlying complexity of life and weave it into words. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a timeless gift of connection, life and belonging that touches each of us. Pick it up, crack the cover, and it just may change our entire outlook for the better.
Date published: 2010-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Concept For An Amazing Story! Hands down the best fiction ever written by Mitch Albom. He takes an amazing concept and puts the best story forth ever. A summary of his Uncle who has surgery and because of his hallucinative state sees five people at the foot of his bed that at one point were in his life. Albom takes that into a fictional world and creates a character who doesn't understand his life and is visited by certain people from his life to explain the unanswered questions. A great read and a remarkable story!!
Date published: 2010-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! The Five People You Meet in Heaven is told by a first person point of view, his name is Eddie. He is an old man who has worked all of his life at an amusement park, Ruby Pier as a maintenance worker. He had always had bigger plans for himself of going to College, having kids, and leaving Ruby Pier. But his life changed one afternoon at Ruby Pier, Freddy's Free Fall ride was broken and a cart was hanging by a cable about to snap over a little girl. Eddie, at 83, jumps into the way of the cart to save the little girl and all he remembers was her little hands grasping him. He then makes his transition to heaven, where he will meet five people who have impacted his life in some way, or Eddie has impacted theirs. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an intriguing book to read. It's difficult to stop once you start. Mitch Albom is very good at how he incorporates all of the five people into Eddie's life. It was exciting to read to see what people he would be meeting next. The author seems to be interested in discovering the meaning of life and showing people that no matter how insignificant you think you are, one simple action could change the life of another. This book will make you cry and laugh. The genre of the book would be inspirational. It will make you think about how important you are. Mitch Albom writes as if he has many life experiences and is very wise. The ending was really great. It didn't leave you hanging, it gave you closure, a good feeling, and was a little unexpected. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read who is looking for inspiration and wisdom. Eddie was my favourite character. He appeared rough on the outside but was a soft guy in the inside. He's a normal person, who does what he has to do and doesn't complain. He loved children and died to save a little girl. He also carried pipecleaners in his pocket and made animal shapes out of them for the kids at Ruby Pier. I have also read For One More Day by Mitch Albom and I look forward to reading Tuesdays With Morrie.
Date published: 2009-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This was a very beautiful and sad book. The storyline was excellent, and the main character Eddie brings so much to this book that made it such a pleasure to read. This was one of very few books that actually made me cry while reading it. I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good read.
Date published: 2009-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Makes you think. This book was recommended by so many people, so I decided to read it. The five people you meet in heaven is a novel that should be read by all. The author has a good flow of words which made the plot easy to follow and makes you want to read on. I found the book didn’t have a lot of action, but it was intriguing to see who would be the next person in Eddie’s life and what role they played in it. The book goes through Eddie’s life with the beginning of his childhood rate to the day of his death. The people Eddie meets in heaven are all people he either knew, touched by them in some way or Eddie had an affect on their life. The story makes you think of what is out there, could this happen, or does it happen and we just don’t know about it, yet. It’s interesting to see that the way you treat people here on earth can reflect you life later on. This adventure makes you ponder. Who are the five people waiting for you in heaven? I do recommend this book to anyone who wants to think about the future, death and beyond.
Date published: 2009-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspirational I heard about this book before, but never actually took the time to read it, even though I liked what I heard about it. However, in class one day one of the students in my English class brought it in and gave us a little insight on the book. The students review on the book rekindled my interest considering my curiosity towards heaven. Death and heaven, also known as the afterlife have always interested me and always left me wondering what it would be like. After reading this book it really made me think about a whole new kind of heaven and the many possibilities that a wait in the afterlife. I really enjoyed this book and found that some of my friends who read it also enjoyed it just as much as I did. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is about a man by the name of Eddie “Maintenance” who works at an amusement park, Ruby Pier, and at age 87 is killed in a tragic accident involving one of the amusement rides. The book goes on to talk about the five people Eddie meets in heaven and how he affected each of their lives. Some of the people Eddie meets in heaven give him a brief introduction of themselves considering he was unaware of their existence, while for others there is no need for an introduction since they have played a major role in Eddie’s life. Each person Eddie meets reveals how his choices have dramatically impacted their lives. After meeting with each of these people Eddie learns life lessons, and the meaning behind his life and choices. When I first started reading this book I found the beginning a little odd considering it started from the end of his life, but Mitch Albom is a brilliant writer who in the end brings everything together so perfectly. I really enjoyed how the book came together, and how the book touched on heaven. I think that it was very inspirational and that even though no one knows what heaven is really like, (considering no one who has died has come back to tell anyone), that this book depicted what our heaven will be like. After reading the book it made me realize how much influence we have as a person on those around us as well as on those we don’t even know. It comes to show you that based on our actions alone we can make a difference and that everything does happen for a reason. It’s helped me value life so much more, and it’s helped inspire me to reach out and do more good, and to hopefully help influence more people for the better.
Date published: 2009-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just love this whimsical story and movie The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an advocate for those that live by the mantra 'everything happens for a reason'. We live in a small world made up of large implications, this story focusing primarily on five, illuminated through Eddie's interconnectedness with his five people in Heaven. Although surpassing Tuesdays with Morrie in stature is a tall order, I found this to be another gem of equal importance by Mitch Albom. Once again he elicits spirituality, humility and inspiration in the reader. I look forward to sharing this one.
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Slice of Heaven. There is a lot of readers that suggest that this book isn't that great and that it has nothing to do with Heaven but I would have to strongly disagree. This book is about a old man named Eddie who after setting up so many dreams for himself succumbs to a very repetitive lifestyle. When he was young and newly married his father falls ill and eventually passes away leaving his mother unable to deal with the fact that her husband is really gone. Eddie abandons his plans to move away so he could watch over her and as days pass he eventually finds himself living his fathers life, the life he had been so determined to become apart of. As years pass, he loses his wife and finds himself stuck in the same cycle day after day, year after year. Until his 83rd birthday, when a ride breaks down stranding some people at the top. Eddie attempts to reach for one of the passengers, a little girl and he feels her hands and then...nothing. He finds himself back at old Ruby Pier confronted with one of the people from his past. He explains to Eddie that where they are now is his heaven and that he will meet 4 other people who impacted Eddie's life, whether Eddie had known them or not. At the end of the lessons learnt, Eddie lets go of the anger and resentment that he's carried his entire life, and with his wife, he finds his own personal heaven where he will wait for the little girl whose life he saved. Touching, simply amazing. I fell in love with this novel.
Date published: 2008-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Doesn't Live Up To All The Hype, But Still Good. The title pretty much explains the plot. Man dies, and meets five people. These five people talk to him, give him insights on life, and all have at least some small connection to him. I didn't go into this book expecting a suprising story, as even the back of the book explains pretty much everything that happens inside. There were no suprises, but the story was still very touching. I couldn't put it down, which wasn't a very hard thing to do considering how short the book really is. Definitely made me want to look into Albom's other books, though.
Date published: 2008-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It Was Okay A fairly good book. A bit over-rated. The views on the afterlife were quite interesting, but I felt absolutely no connection to the characters.
Date published: 2008-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ENJOYABLE I picked this book up from the bargain shelf in the grocery store, not knowing what the expect. Interesting book, that makes you think about the important things in life. Very much enjoyed it!
Date published: 2008-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Inspiring One of the best books I've ever read. Full of insight about life. Everything is connected in life, and this book shows how beautiful those connections are. Met Mitch Albom, and he is truly an inspiring author. =)
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! If you have read and enjoyed "Tuesday's with Morrie," you will not be disappointed with Mitch Albom's second novel. A lot of people go through life wondering what their purpose is and what they have accomplished while here on earth. This book (even though fictional) shows you that each person has a purpose and your actions and decisions have affected others lives in a way that may not seem important to you. Mitch illuminates the importance of Eddie's life with the assistance of 5 people he meets in heaven. Eddie doesn't know 3 of the 5 people he meets yet his life was intertwined with theirs (without his knowing) as a result of his choices and actions.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story with an amazing twist at the end This is bar none, my favorite book in the world. It takes you down to the meaning of your life and demonstrates just how important we all are to each other. It makes you realize the importance you have in impacting other's lives :)
Date published: 2008-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Stuningly touching" Eddie's journey through life searching for answers why he lived the way he did. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a well written attention grabbing novel. On his eighty-third birthday he risked it all for a young child before she died beneath a pile of metal. Jolting for her hand, feeling something gentle. Then nothing. Confused Eddie looked around when a blue man approached him explaining were he was and the people he was going to meet. In the end Eddie met the blue man, his sargeant from the war, his wife, his mother, and his father... Anais
Date published: 2007-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking This is one of my all time favourite books. Surprisingly, the movie is very good as well (very imaginative). But of course, the book is a "must read".
Date published: 2007-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I loved it and it certainly gives you a different perspective on life and the connections that we make during it and not even realizing it.
Date published: 2007-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated but not bad! An interesting little tale about reflecting back on life and the consequences of one's actions... Certain authors manage to write simply yet beautifully - Mitch Albom's writing, however, is just simple, and unfortunately I didn't find myself caring as much for the characters in the book as I would have liked...
Date published: 2007-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's not about heaven I think this is not about Heaven at all. The author just used a catchy word to attract readers' attention. The real story behind the loud title is about regular people who lived their lives, loved, suffered and finally died. The real catch here is that for all of the characters described there was no way to learn about how their lives were connected to other people's lives until they died and were put in Heaven. Only there they discovered a lot of details about their lives that they could not have possilbly learned alive. This is a great move the author made. Otherwise he should have invented a way for all the people of his story to find out all the causes and effects. It turns out that in real life it is much more difficult to have such knowledge than in Heaven which really does not sound that fantastic. So don't worry about your religious feelings: there is nothing here to hurt them. Go ahead and read. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2007-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Quick Read Interesting take on what the author thinks of heaven. Although religion is a clear debate and difference in opinion in today’s world, Mitch Albom somehow avoids contracting and inflicting his own view on the reader, the reader is not pressure to believe in any one religion. The writing style is very distinctive and eye catching. It grabs the readers’ interests and much of the lessons taught in the novel can be taken to heart. What knowledge I have taken from reading this book, I will forever have imbedded into my thoughts.
Date published: 2007-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from need more we need more books like this. this is one of the best books I have read. I couldn't put it down it was as if it were glued to my hand.
Date published: 2006-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This book makes you ponder life, the choises you make and the kind of person you are each day as sometimes the smallest interactions to you are huge to someone else. The characters are rich and inviting. The story is told with empathy and keeps you wondering who else will be met in heaven. It was a great book that makes me want to read all others by the author.
Date published: 2006-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What is Heaven? Three stories put together about an eighty-three year old man named Eddie. Eddie is the head of maintenance at the Ruby Point Amusement Park, and is minutes away from death, as he does his daily routines in the park. This book goes through his final minutes on earth, the funeral, and the grief of his friends. Full of flashbacks. Very well written, and the perfect book to help you through the grief process of death.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Another great book from Mitch Albom. This book is truly inspiring and amazing. I recommend this book to eveyone as it teaches us some valuable lessons in our everyday lives. This book is a must read.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different view of heaven This book is a treasure. It really makes you think that everyone who happens to come into our life, serves some sort of purpose to the outcome and eventuality of your own life. Everything happens for a reason. People that you've met in the past, present and will meet in the future, you may end up seeing again in your own heaven. I wonder whom I'm going to meet?
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thinking, feeling, wonderful When I choose a book to read it is usually the title or the cover that speaks to me first. With Five People you meet in heaven it was the title that spoke to me. This books shows an alternative look at heaven. How the people you meet, love or forgotten affect our lives and how we affect theirs. Reading this book almost makes me look forward to who I will meet in heaven. This book is one of the books that will stay on my bookshelf to be reread again and again. I only wish the book was longer.
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who's in your line? A fantastically innovative way of looking at life after death. It makes you think of all the little daily occurances in life...are they coincidences, or do they have a deeper meaning and impact? What about those 'good deeds'...'selfish moments'? They all affect the chain of events that follow in our lives and those we encounter in some way or another. An enjoyable read and a refreshing look into what happens after death. Read it and see!
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Who would you expect? "The Five People you Meet in Heaven" is no "Tuesdays with Morrie". Having said that, it is thoughtful, philosophical, and an enjoyable read. Albom's ficticious tale of a man's death is really his coming to understand and accept the experiences of his life. Relationship themes envelope this story; love, forgiveness, sacrifice, etc. "The Five People you Meet in Heaven" is a reminder that there is a greater force behind our existence; that we cannot always control the events of our lives, but we can grow from them.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful read This is one of those books that I just couldn't put down. It makes you think about the little everyday encounters with strangers and how greatly it can affect your life.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nothing but incredible. the thought that when into this book. and the amount it makes you think is just incredible. right from the beginning it just makes you think about your own life. just amazing. everyone must read this at least once.. i have read at least 4 times.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Read. The idea is original and very creative... it's a different and interesting approach towards the subject of death and heaven. Deep, touching, meaningful, philosophical and full of substance, it might just give you some watery eyes like it did for me. "All endings are beginnings", and this book has proved it so. Bravo, Mitch Albom, you've impressed me once again.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful What a wonderful little book!! It shows that no matter who you are,you count!!. A tear-jerker!! A book that answers that eternal question "Who am I?"
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read I enjoyed this book overall. It was a quick read. However, I found it a bit over-rated
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful and Comforting! I completed reading this book a month ago, and I found it to be wonderfully laid out and very easy for the reader to follow and become immersed in. Whether you believe in Heaven or not, this book allows you to come up with your own conclusions without "pushing" any ideals or thoughts of the author onto you. The ending is quite emotional, but overall a wonderful read and it will make you think twice about life, and life after death.... Well worth the read! Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching A terrific book about how we're all connected to eachother through the randomness of everyday life. Makes you feel happy and comfortable knowing that you're never really alone. A wonderful book by a wonderful author. Can't wait to see what he writes next!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was amazing! It offers life lessons and makes one think about life after death. My Dad recently passed and this was a very inspiring read for me. A short, but sweet read. I would recommend this novel in a heatbeat!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breath of fresh air With all the recent books coming out questioning the church and its practices, it is nice to read something that gives credit to faith.The book shows the effects of taking ones entire life into perspective: the good, the bad, and the ugly. In reading this book, you may find yourself trying to determine what moments defined you as a person. That act in itself makes this a fantastic book; its a read for everyone who wants to believe in heaven even if they aren't quite there yet.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So-so. While this book was very moving, it was too simple and I was not a huge fan of Alboms writing style. This was the first book I have read by Albom and I was not partically impressed, especially after everything I had heard about it being such an amazing read. Overall, my thought on the book was that, while it was a good story, I wasn't too much a fan of his writing style.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone must read this I've always been drawn to Mitch Albom's writing style through his sports columns in the Detroit Free Press. I was stunned and so very pleasantly suprised to read this novella. The 5 stories, of the 5 people that are "met" in this book are compelling. The book inspires one to truly reflect and take steps to be a better person. This is a must read for everyone.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from heaven? i believe this story had a well thought out plot line, it was easy to read and was very descriptive making it easy to get through. its highly thought provoking.
Date published: 2006-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very sweet moving book very nice book. slow starting yet the story picks up towards the third chapter. the ending is very emotional.
Date published: 2006-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I had no idea what this book was about. I saw someone write about it on a message board somewhere. I loved the way it was written. My 14 yr old son read it as well, he enjoyed it and would discuss different things with me about the book. Whether you believe in Heaven or not, you should read this.
Date published: 2006-04-20