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Like many of Mitch Albom's works, The Five People You Meet in Heaven concerns death and what lies after the end. And this one, like the others, is equally brilliant. Eddie is the head of maintenance at Ruby Pier, a boardwalk. When an accident happens on one of the rides, he sacrifices himself to save a little girl from being crushed by a falling cart. Dead, he goes to heaven. But heaven is not at all what he expects. It is a place where your life is explained by five people who have changed your life forever.
This book is amazing because it provokes thought and soul-searching but escapes the existentialism and belittlement that is so prevalent in books of these kinds. It manages to invoke a sense of hope that not everything is for nothing, and when you die, it is not the end.
Mitch Albom’s "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" is about Eddie, a war veteran and amusement park maintenance worker, who is mysteriously killed and sent to heaven. There he meets five random people who impacted his life in some way, shape, or form. To be cleansed of scars and hurt, he learns small lessons, the reason for his existence, and how he died from them. I recommend this book to readers looking for a short yet meaningful story. Your mind will open up to the possibility of deeper meanings in life. It is truly inspiring to see how everything in life is connected; how your impact on others' lives, whether stranger or loved one, impacts your own.
Star Rating: 4 and ½
Age Rating: 12+
In high school English, some people read classics like Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Diary of Anne Frank; others great YA fiction like Warrior cats, His Dark Materials, and the Hunger Games. My class? We had to stick with this cliched, shallow, emotionally manipulative tripe.
The audiobook is absolutely authentic. The five people you meet in heaven rolling along with very expressive music, the book explains the character's feelings. How the teenagers gave Eddie headaches and how his heart pounded as he rushed to save the little girl under the amusement park's ride as it slammed down. Edward lived his life at Ruby Pier as the head maintenance like his father before him. He thought his father died a heroic death ad Eddie lived believing he died by getting drunk when he did die a hero's death. It is comforting to know that when you die five people who might be family, friends or even complete strangers will be there to show you the truth, to teach you peace, to illuminate your life. To show your life means something. Eddie was keeping children who go to the amusement park safe, yet he didn't realize it. Until he met his fifth person who lend him, guided him to heaven.
We are so closely connected.
That we don't realize it.
But it is true.
Either we know it or not.
This book has illuminated my life.
This is a good read. This is about an amusement park maintenance man named Eddie, who died & met 5 people who have somehow touched his life and he learned the value of his own life.
Very good read. Thought evoking for me. I thought it a bit depressing or sad, and life can be that way. I love the idea of things connected in ways we don’t even know about. Good ending, tying it all together.
An amazing and outstanding book, it will take you through all kinds of emotions. The unexpected should be expected.
The Five People You Meet in heaven is a novel by Mitch Albom about a man named Eddie who has lived a very meaningless/uninspired life. He works at an amusement park doing maintenance for park rides. On his 83rd birthday, he is killed in a tragic accident trying to save a little girl from the broken ride. He wakes up in the afterlife, learning that his life will be explained to him by five people, from random people that he may or may not know. Every person reminisces on Eddie's past life and connections with him, showing him the meaning to his life. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a great novel that allows you to see your life in a new "Eternal" perspective, and makes you wonder, "Why are you here?". This book is a fantastic read for people of all ages. I rate this book 4/5 stars. - @CoolReadz of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
Excellent. I read this and also listened to it on audio, both very enjoyable and thought provoking.
I’ve read this twice, and enjoyed it a lot. It’s interesting to consider how ‘connected’ things may be. Interesting and a lot of food for thought.
This has to be one of the strangest books I have read in sometime. It was so very different from several other books that I have enjoyed recently with a Christian theme, for example: 'Heaven is for Real,' 'Miracles From Heaven,' 'Miracle for Jen,' and 'Waking Up in Heaven.' Eddie finally learns the answer to one of his greatest fears and learns the purpose of his life just four pages from the end of the book. Above all else, the fifth person Eddie talks to leaves the reader with much to think about. Recommended by Senior-Doctor-at-bass-fishing. D. A.
I enjoyed reading this book. I wanted to keep reading to see what the next lesson would be that Eddie had to learn.
This is an excellent book to read. Before I read the book, I thought that the life was quite complicated. Now, I think life is easy.
As I read "The Five People You Meet In Heaven," the plot greatly confused me because the story began with the death of the main character. However, as I continued to read the story the five people Eddie (the main character) met taught him something extraordinary about his life.
I read this one many years ago (Mitch Albom lives in Michigan, so I had to pick up a lot of his books when they were first released) and loved it just as much this time around. This one is a super quick read and such an interesting story. It is so fascinating to think about how everyone's lives are intertwined and how one person can impact another without even fully realizing it. "...the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one."
Fairly good "clean" read. I read it myself then checked it out again to read to my 3-6 grade children. My kids enjoyed it more than I did, I think.
A beautiful light read that will get you thinking about everyone who has had an impact on your life or you have had an impact on.
A truly unique book. Whether one believes in a Heaven or not -- or even the existence of some sort of after-life -- this is a satisfying exploration of the human spirit. Albom's skilfully drawn characters take the reader on a fascinating journey and he accomplishes something quite extraordinary: he manages to present, in a relatively short novel, some very compelling arguments about the meaning of life.
As I read this book, I was continually reminded of a far more scholarly and deliberately philosophical work, Benjamin Siegel's "Man's Search for Meaning". It seems to me that both writers sought to answer the same fundamental questions, namely "WHY?" Surprisingly, Albom succeeded almost as well; and he did so with relatively little degree of angst.
This book is an easy read, but has a lot of meaning behind it. It causes readers to stop and think differently about certain people in their lives, the ones they see everyday and even the ones they don't think about often. This book does a good job showing that the opinions and views we hold for certain people do not always apply or are necessarily true. It also effectively portrays how every action we do have a big effect, regardless of how small we think of the. I definitely recommend this book to anyone because it will shape the way they think about their life and others around them once they follow Eddie's journey in Heaven and the stories he hears from the people meet.
A "feel - good" book that encourages introspecting your life. As the writer implies, every day gives you a fresh start, but it also gives you a yesterday. Heaven is nothing but understanding the essence of your yesterdays on earth :)