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?"
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What’s the meaning of life? And what happens when we die? Mitch Albom’s novel offers answers that are resolutely hopeful, even joyful. After 83-year-old amusement park maintenance worker Eddie dies in a tragic accident, he’s sent to heaven to meet a handful of individuals who altered the course of his life. Each of these people—from a man with blue skin to a young girl he was attempting to save when he died—demonstrates the vastness of life’s web of connections, and also how each living moment should be cherished. In plainspoken language filled with welcome humor, Albom distills life’s biggest, most complex questions into an immensely readable—and rereadable—book that’s heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure.
This life-affirming fable ironically opens at the end of the life of a seemingly ordinary man. Known as "Eddie Maintenance" to those he works with at Ruby Pier, Eddie led what he saw as a disappointing life working as head of maintenance at a seaside amusement park. Upon his death, he learns that heaven is a place to make sense of his time on earth and that he will meet five people from his life who will help him understand its greatest lessons. Accompanied at times by music that sounds psychedelic rather than heavenly, reader Singer conveys this uplifting story in an earnest manner. However, the soft-spoken intonations he employs for women and the gruff but bashful voices he uses for men add an extra dose of sweetener to this already sentimental tale, as does Singer's plaintive rendition of Eddie and his wife Marguerite's song, "You made me love you." Still, those who turn to this audio book for Albom's (Tuesdays with Morrie) musings on the meaning of life will not be disappointed. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover (Forecasts, Aug. 18).
Books do not get better then this. I cried when Reading this.
Well written, but cliche
Very well written with profound insights. This book has a lesson to teach us all about the people we meet and what we fail to realize when we are still alive; however, the plot was quite predictable and cliche at times.
Finished it in a day
Extremely well written. Kept wanting to read more