The First Phone Call From Heaven

The First Phone Call From Heaven

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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CarleeMcDot
Mar 18, 2019

You may remember that last year I read through quite a few of Mitch Albom's books. He is a Detroit guy (who also runs a non-profit in Haiti) and I always love his writing, so when I saw one of his books (and, surprisingly one I hadn't already read) at the "little free library" on our doggy walk route, I grabbed it. It has been sitting on my bedside table for a few weeks now because books keep becoming available at the library, but when I had a few days and didn't have any books reserved at the library I picked this one up. I've gotta say - I really liked it. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I felt like it kept me guessing and interested the entire time. Unlike some books where I can predict the plot or outcome, this one had me on the edge of my seat for the entire time. I feel like it was a rather long book compared to the other ones of his that I had read, but I still flew through it in about a day and a half. Despite the name and focus of the story, I didn't feel this was a religious book, so if that is something that would turn you off from reading it I'd still suggest picking it up. I would say, even though it's a novel, it does make you do a little soul searching about what (and why) you believe what you do. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 26, 2019

His books always have an important message.

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wyenotgo
Jul 20, 2017

I can never resist Mitch Albom. Even when he becomes annoyingly preachy (as in "Have a Little Faith") he is always readable; and a welcome relief from our "real" world of hate, greed and political chicanery.
Although quite reminiscent of "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" or "For One More Day", this one is also a mystery of sorts -- but of course coming from Albom it's a quirky mystery. With Albom, it's best you just totally suspend disbelief and go along for the ride, believing against all evidence to the contrary that he'll sort things out by the end.
I very much appreciate Albom's tight, narrative style, his skill at telling a complicated story in just a few pages. I am however in a quandary about his approach to character development here. He presents us with a large number of players, many of whom have great potential but he lacks the time to develop them to their potential. In this case, Sully, Jack, Amy, Tess and Katherine are all really interesting people; I found myself wishing that Albom had moderated his commitment to brevity just enough to have fleshed out at least one of them a bit more.

CatherineG_1 Dec 19, 2015

As others have said, Mitch Albom's books are quick reads and always enjoyable.
The premise of the book is a good one.
Would we not all like one last chance to speak to a loved one?

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Adele20
Apr 27, 2015

Interesting concept but not as enjoyable as his other books.

dairyqueen Jan 30, 2015

I found this book to be enjoyable and very thought provoking.

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laMcCullough
Jan 26, 2015

This book was a little in the boring side. It took me longer than usually to finish as I found it just put me to sleep!

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gagasgirls
Jan 19, 2015

Quick read because I didn't want to stop, a few twists and turns but overall a good book about beliefs and how loss affects people.

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ildike
Jan 05, 2015

Very good book, makes you think about your own beliefs. Really well written, I couldn't put it down.

akasq Oct 11, 2014

A fast page turner,making one think,
where is Mitch Albom going with this.
Bringing it all togetter with a good ending, with unanswered question.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "The First Phone Call from Heaven is a novel about the power of belief. Set in a small town near Lake Michigan, a number of local people start receiving calls on their cell phones from departed loved ones. Attention grows as the state, then country, and finally the world come to find out if this piece of the planet indeed has a special connection to heaven. But not everyone is convinced and one ex-military man in particular, recently widowed and released from jail, makes it his mission and it becomes his passion to prove the phone calls are a hoax - especially for his young son.
As you ride through the emotions and facts in the novel, you will be surprised by the final outcome...but I won't tell you the findings, you'll have to read that for yourself!"

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StarGladiator
May 11, 2014

Albom pretty much writes cotton candy for the brain [which is a very charitable description, as I recall his farce of a radio show]. Readers who enjoy this very unimaginative [very old plot and story line] stuff, consider yourselves in the official dumbed down demographic.

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gbohomegirl7
May 10, 2014

The premise of this story was interesting and the overall plot wasn't bad. But the book needed some serious editing because it just went on & on in the middle. It would have been far better if it had been about 100 pages shorter.

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CloudStrife
Apr 29, 2014

This guy writes amazing books! Probably up there with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Check any one of his books and you are in a ride.

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NovelSally
Apr 23, 2014

A quick read with an interesting premise. I found it a little harder to get into at the beginning but it built quickly.

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pattyloucor67
Mar 31, 2014

Imagine if your cell phone rang, and the call was from a loved one who had passed on. Imagine several people in one town having the same thing happen. Imagine the frenzy this would cause. Now imagine the media circus created by this event.

That's the plot of this interesting story. It's the story of the people who receive the calls and how their lives are affected. It's mainly the story of a former pilot who plane crashes, the events that take place because of this, and the pilot's search for new meaning in his life.

I liked the book, but ........ And I can't really say what the "but" is. It was a nice story, but I found it hard to relate to the characters. I've been through deep loss, and maybe I would appreciate a call from those who have gone on, but ....

Read it yourself and see what you think.

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bookpusher
Mar 17, 2014

Took me 12+ weeks to get thru this, maybe I was hoping for a call! But seriously, I'm not saying it was bad, it just didn't really hold my interest. I like most of his other books way better.

rowanquincy Mar 14, 2014

A nice quick read. Easy to get into.

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readmorebooks
Feb 06, 2014

This book was really good,. It makes you think - could this happen and did it? A fast read as are all his books. Was this guy helping or hurting people? Was the phone call really from heaven? It's for you to think about and answer.

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markd
Jan 25, 2014

A good story.


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