Good Reads: Five People You Meet in Heaven

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.

3 thoughts on “Good Reads: Five People You Meet in Heaven

  1. Diane

    One if the best gifts I have received was a subscription to Audible. I have had it for two years and really enjoy the variety of books I get to choose from. I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven several months ago and really enjoyed it. This book was made into a movie that we saw on TV several years ago. I think the movie is a little different than the book.

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  2. Anita

    When at the library last week I saw Mitch Albom and figured it had to be good. It turned out to be The Timekeeper. It sits beside my bed,started right away but didn’t get swept up in it. Will keep on a bit more to see if I can get caught up in it or give up.The begining telling about the creation of time was too complicated. I am glad I am not the only one wondering if I should keep reading it.

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  3. Deb

    We have been Audible members since 2003. We love them, and since my husband is in the car all the time, he can actually catch up on his “reading”, since when his head hits the pillow, he is out cold.
    I read that book also, and was surprised that I liked it. I think because I never really thought much about how we impact other people’s lives before. It was the first one of his books that I have read, and haven’t gotten around to another one yet. My girlfriend is really into him.

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