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 - 10:1401388884

ISBN - 13:9781401388881

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 amazin....it 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