The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Kobo ebook | April 1, 2007

byMitch Albom

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Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him, as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"

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Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him, as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a pl...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:April 1, 2007Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781401388881


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 My all time favorite book. If you're feeling lost like you don't have a place in the world this is the perfect read. I love how Mitch tired everything together. Such a great writer
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I wouldn't have chosen this book for myself but we read it in English. It was really good and was the best book I've read in English.
Date published: 2015-01-21
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 Awesome I loved this book
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. Had to take a break a few times as it was QN emotional story for me but it has great lessons to learn.
Date published: 2014-10-27
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 3 out of 5 by from The Five People You Meet in Heaven Interesting perspective. Writing style was okay. Characters were great. I enjoyed this book and would recommend
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The five people you meet in heaven This book was very enjoyable, I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT BOOK This book was perfect, and everyone should  read it.
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Five People You Meet in Heaven Very inspirational. Been thinking about this for days, this book does not leave you once it is read.
Date published: 2014-01-25
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 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read I enjoyed the journey of Eddie - I'm sure many can relate to the loss of opportunity or love that we carry with us much like a heavy load.
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book Heartfelt. A relaxing read.
Date published: 2013-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overwhelming LOVED this book. I loved the perception of heaven, I loved the characters, especially Eddie - his story broke my heart, I loved the emotions. Once I picked this book up, I literally didn't put it down till I was done, and when I did, I had a smile on my face. Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story. That's exactly what this was. It's my first book by this author, and I can't wait to get my hands on another!
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated out of 5 by from Wonderful, wonderful book. An absolute must read.
Date published: 2012-11-28
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 5 out of 5 by from Great read I read this book in a couple of hours. It was definitely a book that you can't put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it. near the end, even found myself bawling my eyes out, while I read. Proud to display this on my bookshelf and recommend to Family and friends.
Date published: 2011-10-24
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 5 out of 5 by from SImply Put... Simply put, this book is magnificent. Like many others probably did, I picked this book up and read it straight through. It once again caught my eye the other day and it was purchased for yet another to experience the splendor and fantastic story telling. I applaud Mitch Albom for taking such an amazing idea and making it extraordinary.
Date published: 2008-08-27
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 2 out of 5 by from Meh I know I'm a little late to jump on this train and that practically everyone has read this book. Better late than never though, no? Eddie is a maintenance worker at a theme park on a pier. His wife died years ago and he has always been mad at his father for trapping him in the life he lives. When Eddie dies trying to save a young girl at the pier, he meets 5 people from his past (including people that he never really met or didn't remember). They all teach him lessons as to what the purpose of his life was and how to let go of some of the anger he had over his life. This was a really quick read and was a touching story. It teaches us that we all have a purpose in life, regardless of how small we think a contribution we are making. This is the second Mitch Albom book I've read and I think they are too deep for me. I'm not too sure if I'll read his latest one. I'll probably wait for my mom to read it and if she really likes it, I'll read it.
Date published: 2007-12-12
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 5 out of 5 by from A Can't Miss! I'm telling you, young or old, male or female EVERYONE should read this book. It is so inspirational on top of being an amazing read!
Date published: 2006-07-28
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 Inspirational Probably one of the most inspirational and comforting books I've ever read. Read this book when you are feeling downhearted, deflated, unmotivated, or uninspired. It really provides amazing perspective!
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story After reading Tuesdays with Morrie and falling in love with it, I decided that I would read the next book by Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I have to say this was a fantastic book! As a believer in the afterlife, I found the story to be very believable and a new way to look at Heaven. I also like stories that end well (being the ever-romantic/optimist) and this one doesn't disappoint! I think for those people who may not have believed in Heaven before will now after reading this book.
Date published: 2006-06-16
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 5 out of 5 by from A quick and wonderful read! I love this book! I read it when it was first published and have re-read it several times. It's a short novel, so it can be polished off in a couple of days if you invest the time. I love the way Mitch Albom takes the reader on a journey of the afterlife and shows us that like poor Eddie, we all impact each other on this earth whether we are aware of it or not. A wonderful read, highly recommended.
Date published: 2006-06-04
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible the name of the book caught my interest, but i was hooked after the first page. His views and ideas are beautiful! and wonderfully expressed in written form with this book. I couldn't believe the fifth person it was such a surprise. wonderful!
Date published: 2006-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanting Idea We all have our own Ideas about heaven..or at least the after life. Mitch Albom tells a story with a different view then I have ever heard of. He sweeps you away with his characters and makes you feel as if you are yourself living this story. It is an easy read, and hard to put down. Yet again, another fantasticly told story; can't wait till the next one!
Date published: 2006-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it wow, it seems so long ago that i read this, but nevertheless, it was amazing. I loved his writing style and creativity tying together all those people and the general idea of his heaven. Read it, if you're somewhat intelligent and enjoy fiction.
Date published: 2006-03-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Intruiging idea but poorly executed I bought this book out of curiousity- I hadn't heard of the author's earlier success, Tuesday's with Morrie , in fact I had never heard of him at all. But I found the idea of meeting only five familiar people in heaven vey intriuging. In fact, that was in my opinion one of the book's strongest points- the very original way of presenting the concept of heaven as a final journey of self-discovery, and reconciliation, almost like a final tie-up of all loose ends. Unfortunately, the book has little else to offer- the writing is almost childishly simple, but overloaded with a few too many (forced) poetic metaphors (who said you can't judge a book by its cover?). I lost interest at around the third person, but continued reading just to find out who the last two are- thankfully it's a short read. I would recommend this book solely on the basis of the clever and original idea of heaven it presents.
Date published: 2005-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I really liked the feeling of this book, reminded me of a book I read several years ago: the possibility of dreaming on a night without stars. Anyways, if you like this book you might want to give the aforementioned book a try!
Date published: 2005-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating A truly remarkable story. The idea for this book was itself enough for me to pick it up. And I was not disappointed. The story is weaved in such a way that you cannot stop reading all the way through. It also includes a colourful and broad range of characters. Wonderful!
Date published: 2005-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Five People you Meet in Heaven After almost 5 hours, I was able to finish reading this book. It was, to say the least, amazing. The journey of life it walks one through, capturing what anyone could also view of their own lives, puts into perspective what life is about and leaves room for thought of what else may be out there. This will certainly make it to several people on the Christmas shopping list of 2005.
Date published: 2005-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from powerful This book was wonderful, and I just couldn't put it down! The message of this novel gave me a huge jolt of emotion and power. The book is simple and straightforward in its intention, and the feelings I got afterwards were of peace and a greater sense of depth in life.
Date published: 2005-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible read Someone in my office anonymously left this book on my desk upon my return from vacation. After I read the first chapter, I was absolutely enthralled, and finished the book in a few hours. I was awed by the author's style and ability to communicate such texture and detail, and evoke such feeling, with so few words. A beautiful, inspiring book -- one of the best I've ever read.
Date published: 2005-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book to take with through life I picked up this book not knowing what to expect - but intrigued by the rave reviews it recieved from authors such as Amy Tan and Frank McCourt. The 5 People You Meet In Heaven is a gem of a book - that makes the oridinary feel extraordinary - while that sentiment may seem slighly cheesy its the most accurate description I can give it. It will be a book that I will pick up and read when I feel sad, happy and everything in between. A book that any avid reader should have in their collection!!
Date published: 2005-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a real thinker readin dis book was truly really made me think that even a small meeting with a person can make a big difference in your life...i recommend this book to everyone...i am sure that u will enjoy it...once u start readn dis book all u have on ur mind is...wats gonna happen next??...itz a very gud book...if u yet have not read it ...then u should.
Date published: 2005-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me think..... This book truely made me think about the people I may one day meet in heaven. Its a great book and I really enjoyed reading. I am recommending this to all my friends!
Date published: 2005-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What A Story!!!! If you haven't read this book as yet, you definately have to! I read this book cover to cover in 1 day. I just couldn't put it down. This book made me realize that everything in life has a reason. You might not realize it at the moment, but somehow everything inter-twines in the circle of life. It is a very powerful and imaginitive story. I loved this story....truly inspirational.
Date published: 2005-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow... Everyone must read this book! I've never read something so heartwarming. Truly inspirational. This book is life, love, friendship, faith, sunshine, and destiny. I read the whole thing in a day, it sucks you in. I know I will keep it forever and read it to my children. Most definitely my favourite book!
Date published: 2005-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the five people you meet in heaven An excellent book that’s made with deep heart and imaginative. If you liked Tuesdays with Morrie (the other book that Mitch Albom made) you’ll love this book too. This book is written so good you can see the images in your head. This book truly touched me, filled with love, heart, sadness and happiness. I enjoyed reading this and if you haven’t read this book, pick it up today.
Date published: 2005-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Touching I've read this book numerous times and still, it touches me. It allows you to look at life and the people in it in a different perspective.This novel takes you on a journey into what we believe Heaven is like, and it makes me think about who I will meet in heaven one day. I would encourage anyone who is looking for a good novel to read this one! It's sure to make you laugh, cry and smile all at once.
Date published: 2005-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent book!! Although I dont agree with Albom's idea of heaven it was an excellent story that illustrated his message perfectly. An easy read, and a book you wont be able to put down.
Date published: 2005-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching & Inspiring I seldom read novels except Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code due to the phenomenal hype, but the title of this book had been interesting me for a while and kept me thinking who are those five people we are going to meet in heaven. So I decided to find out. The book is relatively short under 200 pages. It begins the story with the last day of an old man named Eddie, who will meet five people after his death in heaven to learn different lessons on the meaning of life. The beginning is a bit slow. It takes around thirty pages to set up Eddie's death. Honestly, as a reader, I couldn't wait to see the first person Eddie met in heaven and why. Despite that, the story goes very smooth and quite touching. Indeed, the author's perspective on fairness, sacrifice, memory, and love, inspires me a lot to re-think the meanings and values of life. I'm wondering who are the five people waiting for me when my time comes.
Date published: 2005-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant This book is a must read. It should be taught in school, everyone should pick up a copy. And if you don't love this then you must not have a heart. If you do love it, you must read Tuesdays with Morrie!
Date published: 2005-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A let down After much herald and hysteria over Tuesdays with Morrie, this book sadly let me down. I was ready to take in profound nuggets of wisdom, touching truisms and insight that made me question life and dying and the book did no such thing. It was flat and trite. So what: we're all connected and one event leads us to the next, what is so erudite about that? I'll stick to my Indian stories thank you very much.
Date published: 2005-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! :o) best book ive EVER read! must read!
Date published: 2005-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It changes everything This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It is not long or written in a complicated manner but its simplicity and messages are amazing. From the first lesson to the last page it changes your perspective on everything...a must read for everyone religious or not.
Date published: 2004-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read! I was given this book by a friend after my father passed away suddenly. I loved Mr. Albom's view of heaven and I found it very comforting at this difficult time. I could not put the book down. It is a very enjoyable read.
Date published: 2004-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've never cried so hard. I truly loved this book. I picked it up on a recommendation from a friend and read the whole book in one sitting. The way the author envisions heaven is unique and I loved the way Eddie finds out why his turned out the way it did and who affected it. This book made me cry so hard because I really felt for the protagonist. I am recommending it to all my friends, and even have it lent out to a teacher at the moment...a must read
Date published: 2004-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Amazing Truly an amazing read. It gives complete comfort that we are not just a blob in this world and that our short existence actually does make a difference. Maybe we don't always know it at first but eventually we will learn how our lives have affected those around us. Beautiful.
Date published: 2004-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is definitely a book I could read over and over again and has made my list of true favourites. Read it and enjoy!
Date published: 2004-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting read Really gives you a different perspective on heaven. A really quick and easy read. Didn't make me cry like some of the other reviews stated though. Personally I don't think it was worth the money I paid for it.
Date published: 2004-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected Great Book I was forced to read this book by someone, and I can honestly say that I'm glad she did it. At a first glance, it looked like a book that I (as a guy), wouldn't read. But after the first chapter, I was hooked! I finished the book with a sense of fulfillment as well as the feeling that my soul has been replenishment.
Date published: 2004-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable! I bought this book after reading Tuesdays with Morrie by the same author. I literally could not put it down. It really makes you think about yourself.
Date published: 2004-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something to think about I first heard of this book when the facilitator of a workshop I was at mentioned it. The workshop was about maximizing motivation and personal success and since I was already on the pathway to self-discovery, I figured it wouldn't hurt to read this book as well. How eye opening! First, I naively wondered how a book about an aged war-veteran could relate to my life. And, of course, the book reminds us that, despite how different our lives seem from the people around us, we are all interconnected in some way, whether it is obvious or not. Definitely a book for the collection.
Date published: 2004-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Five People you Meet in Heaven This book was a wonderful read from start to finish. It is very thought provoking and really makes you consider what life means. I am now reading this book a second time with my husband and we are enjoying every minute.
Date published: 2004-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book! This was a very interesting story. I couldn't put it down. It's all about life, death, love, hate, forgiveness and destiny. I'm glad I bought it!
Date published: 2004-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This book touched me like no other. When I would try to describe the story to others I got choked up, I have never had a book affect me this way. Very easy to read and well written. Unique ideas of an afterlife. A short book, but any longer would have watered the story down and lessened the impact and emotion.
Date published: 2004-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Five People You Meet in Heaven This is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. I couldn't put it down the first or the second time. Well worth the time!!!!
Date published: 2004-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read. Really amazing book, kept me going until the last page. Changed and reaffirmed my view on life in great ways... I think i'll read it again someday.
Date published: 2004-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Overall Mitch Albom continues to arouse the emotions of his readers with this unique story about Eddie, a carnival worker, on his journey through heaven and the finding of why his path in life took the turns it did. Well written and engaging to the last sentence, I would recommend this title.
Date published: 2004-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! This book is so good, I have read it twice! I only wish it was longer because it was that enjoyable! Mitch Albom really takes Eddie on an afterlife adventure which I think everyone should read at least once!
Date published: 2004-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! This book, although short is a great little story. It takes you on a journey through Eddie's life, the ups and downs, the happy and sad. Although this book deals with death, I found it a very uplifting story and a wonderful idea of what heaven and the afterlife may mean.
Date published: 2004-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected more A very interesting premise, but the story left me wanting more. I felt it should have been longer, but even then...
Date published: 2003-12-29