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From the author of the number one New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie comes this long-awaited follow-up.

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 i...more
Hardcover - Large Print, Large Print, 336 pages
Published September 23rd 2003 by Random House Large Print (first published January 1st 2003)
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Sanne Yes it is, the language used in the book is very clear, so in my opinion it wasn't that difficult to read the book in English.
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AJ Griffin
Jul 27, 2007 AJ Griffin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: drippy, sentimental pieces of shit who love lifetime tv movies
what providence: i just remembered this book after I read some holier-than-though pretentious bullshit Mitch Albom wrote about Harry Potter. Mr. Albom-Winfrey seems to think the mass marketing of Harry Potter has ruined the theoretical lives of such figures as Winnie the Pooh, Clifford, Curious George, etc., despite that his own shitty books have been thrust upon the world under the same kind of marketing blitz.

As if I weren't annoyed enough at his article, I was subsequently reminded of this l...more
Fretty
Oct 10, 2007 Fretty rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: novel
"Lost love is still love, Eddie. It just takes a different form, that's all. You can't hold their hand... You can't tousle their hair... But when those senses weaken another one comes to life... Memory... Memory becomes your partner. You hold it... you dance with it... Life has to end, Eddie... Love doesn't."

The book that taught me the idea of death, God and life's never ending unanswered questions.

I vaguely remember when exactly I read this but I remember I read this couple of months before I...more
Jamie
One of the great things about checking out audiobooks from the public library is that I can take a chance on something I normally wouldn't buy, and I end up loving it. And then, of course, there are the times I take a chance on something I wouldn't normally like and end up really hating it as predicted. See if you can guess which is the case here by the end of this post.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is about Eddie, an amusement park maintenance guy who dies and goes to heaven. Spoiler alert...more
Claire
I never had any desire to read this book (or Tuesdays with Morrie for that matter), but a girl in my LSAT class gave it to me to read, so I felt like I had to read it.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an incredibly quick read. It has small pages with big font and the content is not at all challenging. You could easily read this book in a weekend. That said, I don't know if you would want to. While the book was mildly entertaining and held my interest (I kept wanting to know who Eddie would...more
Joelle
Dec 21, 2008 Joelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: quarter1
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Book Review On The Five People You Meet In Heaven

The Five People You Meet In Heaven
By Mitch Albom
208pp Passaic, New Jersey
ISBN-13: 9781401308582
Hyperion $10.80

This book was so amazing that it remained on the New York Best Seller List for 95 weeks. If the book wasn’t that marvelous why would it have remained there? Mitch Albom’s book The Five People You Meet In Heaven is an extraordinary book. You might think it’s a religious book because the title itself, but it isn’t....more
Ben
My face tightens into a mean spirited frown, I grind my teeth, my head starts to burn, I clench my fists, I begin to tremble; there is a tightness in my stomach. I rip the telephone off the wall and throw it out my nine-story window onto the street; I let out a barbaric, guttural, king-of-the-jungle, ape-like scream. I feel my pulse beating in my neck, a blood vessel snaps in the back of my head. I flip over my couch, CRASH! I kick a hole in the middle of my T.V. I like that my shin is cut, blee...more
Kellie
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Gunne
I don't understand the one star reviews for the book. Are these directed to the author, Mitch Albom, because he openly dissed the Harry Potter phenomena via a 594-word short story? Because as far as I can tell, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a decent piece of literature that doesn't deserve the harsh punishment (presumably) directed to its writer. It's well-written, has a handful of good quotes, and is overall an inspiring and personal take on one's idea of the moment between death and th...more
أروى
منذ مدة طويييلة لم أقرأ شيئا لامس أعماقي كهذا الكتاب، يجعلني أطرق وأفكر ، أنظر للبعيد الماضي وأتسائل عن القريب المقبل..


الكتاب يتحدث عن رجل مات في حادث أثناء تأديته لعمله في مدينة الملاهي ، بعد ذلك ينتقل هذا الرجل "إدي" إلى الجنة ليقابل هناك 5 أشخاص تقاطعوا معه بطريقة أو بأخرى في حياته..كل منهم كان ينتظره ليحكي له قصة كان لها تأثير على حياته وعلى تقرير مصيره في الدنيا، كانوا يساعدونه على فهم وتفسير كثير من الأمور التي لم يكن لها منطق واضح وقتها...


القصة مثيرة وترابط الأحداث متقن يظهر كم هي مصائر ا...more
Roos
Jul 30, 2007 Roos rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Shelves: novelia, indonesian
Buku yang bagus terutama bagi yang suka memaknai dan menghargai Hidup, membuat kita untuk selalu bersyukur kepada Sang Pencipta.

Pelajaran 1:
Tidak ada kehidupan yang sia-sia. Satu-satunya waktu yang kita sia-siakan adalah waktu yang kita habiskan dengan mengira kita hanya sendirian.

Pelajaran 2:
Pengorbanan bagian dari kehidupan, bukan untuk disesali jika mengorbankan sesuatu yang berharga, karena kita tidak sungguh-sungguh kehilangan itu, Kita hanya meneruskannya pada orang lain.

Pelajaran 3:
MAAF....more
mikha  ϟ
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Rachel
This is just the most awful book I have ever read. I hate this book!
Paul
Not at all my normal fare, but it was a last thing at night read. I am a sceptic, so again this would not be a book that would attract me; it’s not that I like the idea of the cessation of existence at death, but I think that’s what happens. So how come I read this? Occasionally I buy books at auction because they can be very cheap; this came with assorted others, so ended up on the shelves.
It’s very brief and could easily be read in one sitting and is about a fairground worker called Eddie. It...more
Shovelmonkey1
Jun 05, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people waiting for christmas
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: sheer profusion in local charity shops
I read this at Christmas but frankly after eating too many roasted vegetables, drinking too much merlot and making myself a comfortable nest out of discarded wrapping paper, I was disinclined to write a review. It's now six months later and I think I've finally worked off the last roasted potato so this seems like a timely juncture to write a review of The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Eddie works at the amusement park on the Ruby Pier. He's 83 and probably due for retirement. On his birthday,...more
Lizzy _3
This book is very imaginative I'll give the author that much at least. I don't know if I liked the story so much as the way it was written. Don't get me wrong, the story was very creative and it made you think, but he wrote so poetically it was hard for the words not to sink into your soul. The story was about a old crippled man named Eddie. Eddie worked at an amusement park called Ruby Pier and he was the head maintenance worker. The book starts on the day of his death. There was this little gi...more
Jeff
If I met this book in Heaven, I would be very disappointed.
And, OK, I only read about fifteen pages, but that was enough.
You don't have to eat 130 bowls of shredded wheat to know that you can't stand it.

And I actually sort of liked his book about the old guy, and I guess his dog book is probably pretty awesome and all, but, oh man, this book, excruciating...
for fifteen pages...but, really, that's a pretty good chunk of this.
Harun Harahap
seperti buku2 Mitch Albom lainnya, di buku ni alur ceritanya pun maju mundur..mungkin ni ciri khasnya..oiya diantara babnya pasti ada tulisan2 khusus di masa lampau..*gw suka gaya lo..hihihi..*

sesuai dengan judul bukunya, Eddie, Sang tokoh utama menemui 5 orang di alam baka setelah kematiannya itu..dan setiap orang yg ia temui memberikan satu pelajaran kepada Eddie..

Orang pertama mengajarkan klo hidup semua orang itu saling berkaitan..kita tidak menyadari mungkin di saat kita bergembira..di sudu...more
Karlie
The book, The Five People you Meet in Heaven, is about a man named Eddie, that on his 83rd birthday, got killed in a tragic accident at an amusement park, trying to save a little girl. As Eddie is dying, he feels two hands in his, than his world rapidly goes black. He awakens and the skies are changing colors above him, and every wound he had on his body is now healed. Throughout Eddie's journey, he meets five people. People he has not met before, or people he has only came across once, but have...more
Brooke
The most boring book ever written.
Kimmy
The five people yo meet in heaven starts out with a grumpy old man named Eddie. The reader in unaware of his past and why he is so lonely. Eddie works ar a carnival which has deeper meaning to him than just spinning rides and cotton candy stands. On his 83 birthday he had no idea it would be his last. Saving an innocent girl from a broken carnival ride, he gave his life. Now sent to heaven he meets five people who remind him of his past. They show how he affected the world in a way that was unc...more
Trudi
I didn’t read this book when everyone was in love with it, cheering it, championing its readability, its imagination, its magical splendor. Nor did I read it when the inevitable backlash kicked in, when it was accused of being trite, overly sentimental manipulative dreck, one of the worst books to be foisted upon Western literature. The fervor has since died down on both sides and at last this book found its way to me. Which side would I fall on?

Well I must be a sentimentalist, for I just absol...more
Tasos Anastasopoulos
May 24, 2011 Tasos Anastasopoulos rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tasos by: Ellen Isabella
Shelves: kindle
First of all i owe a huge thanks to the person that recommended me to read this book... and in general to start reading Mitch Albom's novels. I find it first of all original that he's dealing with a unique kind of subject,how can heaven really be like. It's remarkable how he's managed in not so many pages to mention so many things... "5 people you meet in heaven" is an hymn to some very fundamental values of life, the writer being a sport's journalist himself seems to be aware that it takes no c...more
Saman
روايت (ميچ البوم) در كتاب (پنج نفري كه در بهشت ملاقات مي‌كنيد) شرح ملاقات‌هايي‌ست كه قهرمان داستان و يا شايد هر يك از ما در دنيايي ديگر از سر مي‌گذرانيم
اشخاصي كه در زندگي ما نقش داشتند و هر يك به نوبه‌ي خود سر فصلي را در زندگي ما باز كردند؛ حتي بدون اين‌كه بدانيم اين اشخاص مهم‌ترين و تأثيرگذارترين حركت را در زندگي ما به وجود آوردند و خود از آن غافل بوديم
باري، انسان‌ها از طريق ارتباط و يا كنش و واكنش با اطرافيانشان شكل مي‌گيرند، رشد مي‌كنند، بزرگ مي‌شوند و خلاصه به انجام و بعضي‌ها به سرانجام خود...more
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Having read it some years back, I still saw it as a book that I would love.

And I did during the first half. However, towards the second half, it definitely started to dwindle a bit. I found myself caring less and less about who he was going to meet and found this somewhat of a short book very much dragging. Man, it sucks to see things so differently years later.

I always thought that it wasn't preachy. I mean, whenever I looked back on it, I was SO sure that it wasn't. But boy was it preachy :/

Ed...more
Fira
“Orang-orang asing adalah keluarga yang masih belum kaukenal…. Tidak ada kehidupan yang sia-sia. Satu-satunya waktu yang sia-sia adalah ketika kita menghabiskan waktu dengan mengira bahwa kita hanya sendirian.”

Keseluruhan novel ini sangat layak untuk diambil sebagai bahan reramuan mengolah hidup dan kehidupan. Tentang kerja dan profesi, ada catatan penting tentang harga dari sebuah profesi, terutama pada aspek nilai penting pekerjaan kita bagi orang lain. Apakah kita cukup sekadar melihat pekerj...more
Michelle
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an amazing book. I was able to finish this book in about a day. Although this isn't a romance novel, it definitely was as thoughtful as one. Mitch Albom had many quotes that I thought were very inspiring. The story had many quotes I liked and I agreed with them all. This story was about a man who died trying to save a little girl when a Ferris Wheel was about to fall to the ground. Once he died, he went to heaven and met people who knew but didn't think of s...more
Kyna
My best friend and college roommate gave this to me at Christmas in '07. I read it in the first quarter of '08. She was well intended and I think thought it would help me as I was maneuvering to recover from the loss of my mother who died unexpectedly Christmas day '04. The year she gave it to me I was having trouble with my breathing. And, it was an unexpected way for me to be dealing with the third anniversary of losing her. What I had a hard time with in this book was the actual experiences t...more
Endah
Awalnya, membaca judulnya , saya mencurigai buku ini sebagai kisah religius tentang kehidupan sesudah mati, tempat orang bertemu malaikat, bidadari, dan Tuhan. Atau hanya kisah lucu-lucuan tentang surga. Ternyata, kecurigaan saya salah semua. Ini "hanya" sebuah novel "biasa" tentang seseorang bernama Eddie yang semasa hidupnya hampir seluruhnya dihabiskan bekerja di bagian pemeliharaan (maintenance)--karena itu orang-orang lalu mengenalnya sebagai Eddie Maintenance-- di sebuah taman hiburan bern...more
María
Sí, sí, sí. ¡Cuánto extrañaba leer este tipo de historias!

"Las Cinco personas que encontrarás en el cielo" edición en español de la novela de Mitch Albom "The Five people you meet in Heaven".

Una historia encantadora, donde mediante un lenguaje extremadamente sencillo el autor nos lleva a adentrarnos en los momentos sucesivos a la muerte de nuestro protagonista, un hombre que encuentra las respuestas a las más grandes interrogantes de su propia vida mediante personas que marcaron hitos en sus dí...more
Donna Ledesma
I thought this novel was clever. The fact that there was a scene in the Philippines, and Eddie in a conversation with a Filipino kid at the end of the story added up to a satisfying read 'cause, well, yes, I'm a Filipino.

Anyways, almost two years after reading it, I realized I can't recommend this to genuine Christians, because, well, obviously this isn't our concept of what heaven is, and what it will be like if we get there. I think The Five People You Meet in Heaven is too shallow a read. The...more
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Mitchell David Albom is an author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold over 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-one territories and in forty-two languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.
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