The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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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?"
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, [2003], ©2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780786868711
0786868716
Branch Call Number: FICTION Alb
Description: 196 pages ; 20 cm

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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 tha... Read More »

"One I like to read again and again because it makes me think about the most important things in life." Also available on audio CD and in large print.


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Jun 23, 2020

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+

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jim14green98
Dec 20, 2019

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.

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thegreat2
Dec 10, 2019

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.

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eagle66
Dec 06, 2019

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.

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kaphings
Aug 24, 2019

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.

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yogscast
May 01, 2019

An amazing and outstanding book, it will take you through all kinds of emotions. The unexpected should be expected.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 13, 2019

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

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kmobuckeye
Feb 26, 2019

I love of all his books. Thiss spoke to my heart.

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robinandrews10
Feb 26, 2019

One of my all time favorites. Definitely with your time.

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tracysue
Feb 25, 2019

Excellent. I read this and also listened to it on audio, both very enjoyable and thought provoking.

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Chelseaheredia92 May 31, 2012

It is Eddie's birthday and he is on a countdown to death. He reaches heaven and meets five people. The blue man, his captain, Ruby, his wife Marguerite, and an asian girl all teach him a lesson that relates to his life and death. He realizes life comes with a reason and you must make a change.

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trj120
Mar 20, 2011

A quick read, a little corny / preachy, but cute.

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bpintor
Jul 11, 2013

“Heaven can be found in the most unlikely corners.”

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