Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Self-Help comes with Five People

A while back I listened to this audiobook. It was only six hours long and that was the length of my drive so I thought why not? I would like to be able to tell you that I liked it, mainly because I've criticized most of the books I've read lately.

I didn't like this book though. I felt it was a sneaky self-help book disguised as fiction. Each of the five people Eddie meets has a "lesson" for him to learn whether it be love or forgiveness. As readers we are supposed to learn that we influence more people's lives than we realize, and thus learn to treat people differently. This reminds me of the whole "if Jesus walked the earth today would we recognize him?" I really had a hard time finishing this, but this book was a huge success. The reader was horrible too. I hate it when they try to "do voices" for each character. Sometimes a man is not believable as a woman!

Mitch Albom has a new book out this fall on a relationship between a mother and son, most likely similar to this one.

Grade: C+


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