The First Phone Call From Heaven

The First Phone Call From Heaven

[a Novel]

Book - 2013
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"What if the end is not the end?"

From the beloved author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most thrilling and magical novel yet--a page-turning mystery and a meditation on the power of human connection.

One morning in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan, the phones start ringing. The voices say they are calling from heaven. Is it the greatest miracle ever? Or some cruel hoax? As news of these strange calls spreads, outsiders flock to Coldwater to be a part of it.

At the same time, a disgraced pilot named Sully Harding returns to Coldwater from prison to discover his hometown gripped by "miracle fever." Even his young son carries a toy phone, hoping to hear from his mother in heaven.

As the calls increase, and proof of an afterlife begins to surface, the town--and the world--transforms. Only Sully, convinced there is nothing beyond this sad life, digs into the phenomenon, determined to disprove it for his child and his own broken heart.

Moving seamlessly between the invention of the telephone in 1876 and a world obsessed with the next level of communication, Mitch Albom takes readers on a breathtaking ride of frenzied hope.

The First Phone Call from Heaven is Mitch Albom at his best--a virtuosic story of love, history, and belief.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013.
ISBN: 9780062294371
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALB
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 20 cm.
Alternative Title: 1st phone call from heaven

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Dieu_D May 20, 2015

Nominated Category: Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction. Read by Mitch Albom.


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pakipika
Aug 14, 2017

Good story that had me guessing until near the end. Are the phone calls real or not? They sure seem to be, even though it must be impossible. Thought-provoking. Who would you like to hear from, who has passed on? One can dream, and I like that dream. Mitch Albom is a very impressive storyteller.

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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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mogie
Dec 10, 2015

I listened to the audiobook version of this book. It was pretty decent. It's what I have come to expect from Albom's writing. Not extraordinarily entertaining. It wasn't particularly to follow along with the story. The narration was good and read by Albom himself.

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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.

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cdmadoginog
Aug 08, 2015

"In heaven, we can see you... We can feel you... We know your pain, your tears, but we feel no pain or tears ourselves... There are no bodies here... There is no age... The old who come... Are no different than the children... No one feels alone... No one is greater or smaller... We are all in the light...the light is grace... And we are part of... The one great thing."

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