I listen to lots of audio books when I sew. Recently, I finished the audio book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. You might know this author if you read “Tuesday’s with Morrie”.
This book is relatively short but that doesn’t affect the quality of the story.
The main character Eddie, is a 83 year old maintenance man at the amusement park on the peer. As the story opens, although he doesn’t know it, Eddie only has minutes to live before a freak accident takes his life.
Once Eddie dies, he goes to heaven and meets five people, all of which played a part in his life even though sometimes, Eddie didn’t even know it.
The reader is held to the story as the author flashes on to Eddie’s birthdays. We see him at his birthdays throughout his life, birthdays as a child, as a teen, as an adult and even into old age. Throughout his life, Eddie thought he was nothing in a nothing job….he was haunted by memories of being held in a prison camp…haunted by being what he felt was a disappointment to his family and wife.
As Eddie meets each of the people in heaven, all of these things are explained and the story comes full circle.
I am typically not one who likes stories about heaven and the after life so I was a bit surprised that I liked this. I think it’s the easy writing style…I’m not sure.
I would recommend this book. I love strong characters,who come with flaws, but are good at heart. That would perfectly describe Eddie.
On a side note….I did try Mitch Albom’s latest book, “Time Keeper”. I listened to the first chapter and then put it down….has anyone read it? Is it worth continuing. So far, I wasn’t a fan?
Today I am hooking up with Patchwork Times for Judy’s Whatcha Reading Tuesday.