Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

Version: Unabridged
Author: Mitch Albom
Narrator: Mitch Albom
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: June 2004
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Overview

It's been ten years since Mitch Albom first shared the wisdom of Morrie Schwartz with the world. Now, twelve million copies later, in a new foreword, Mitch Albom reflects again on the meaning of Morrie's life lessons and the gentle, irrevocable impact of their Tuesday sessions all those years ago


"Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college.Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world."

Reviews (45)

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Written by Anonymous on September 8th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed this book because of the subject matter primarily. The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because it was read way too fast for my taste, it took the joy out of it for me.

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Written by Stephen G. on January 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really loved the book. I have recommended it to a friend that had his mother die of ALS . Morris death and the dieing were truly beautiful if that were possible.

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Written by Joan M. on September 25th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fabulous book. I read it long ago and listened to it again recently. It is one of the few books I have read that can be re read over and over. You will get something different out of it each time. Loved that at the end they played some of the actual interviews with Morrie.

Tuesdays with Morrie

Written by Chang W on September 29th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was lucky to have this book for my audio book! Such a touching and meaningful biography book! I like the last recording part! When I heard Morrie\'s sound from recording that made me cry.

Written by Julie Simpson on January 30th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great recording and I love ordering audiobooks from here.

Written by Jennifer Speigner on November 6th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I purchased this to accompany reading the text in class. The narration doesn't follow the book word-for-word, but the concepts and ideas are the exact same. A few of my students said that the narrator read too fast, but I didn't find the pace to be too rapid. No matter how you look at it, this is a great book with an amazing message.

Written by Desiree Yamase on June 19th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great audiobook! Narrator is easy to follow and the story is wholesome and touching.

A Must Listen

Written by Roxor from Strawberry, AZ on April 9th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was my first pick for my gift subscription. I read it when first published but to hear Mitch Albon as the narrator is fantastic. What a tribute to the human spirit and the power of love. A wonderful surprise at the end to hear the voice of Morrie from the original recordings.

couldn't get into it

Written by Anonymous on October 21st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

First chapter was interesting; rest became repetitive and couldn't keep my interest. My bugaboo ... abridged versions. That could be the problem.

TUESDAY WITH MORRIE

Written by Marie from Liverpool, NY on September 22nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

MITCH ALBUM HAS AN INCREDIBLE WRITING STYLE. HE NARRATES THIS BOOK WITH FEELING AND HUMOR. IT'S ABOUT A WONDERFUL MAN THAT CAN INSPIRE ALL. ABSOLUTELY TIMELESS. 5 STARS!

Author Details

Author Details

Albom, Mitch

MITCH ALBOM is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold over 26 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.

Mitch was born on May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey, the middle of three children to Rhoda and Ira Albom. The family moved to the Buffalo, N.Y. area briefly before settling in Oaklyn, New Jersey, not far from Philadelphia. Mitch grew up wanting to be a cartoonist before switching to music. He taught himself to play piano, and played in bands, including The Lucky Tiger Grease Stick Band, throughout his adolescence. After attending high schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, he left for college after his junior year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1979 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, majoring in sociology, but stayed true to his dream of a life in music, and upon graduation, he worked for several years as a performer, both in Europe and America. One of his engagements during this time included a taverna on the Greek island of Crete, in which he was a featured American performer who sang Elvis Presley and Ray Charles songs. He also wrote and produced the recording of several songs. In his early 20’s, while living in New York, he took an interest in journalism and volunteered to work for a local weekly paper, the Queens Tribune. He eventually returned to graduate school, earning a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, followed by an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. During this time, he paid his tuition partly through work as a piano player.

Mitch eventually turned full-time to his writing, working as a freelance sports journalist in New York for publications such as Sports Illustrated, GEO, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. His first full time newspaper job was as a feature writer and eventual sports columnist for The Fort Lauderdale News and Sun Sentinel in Florida. He moved to Detroit in 1985, where he became a nationally-acclaimed sports journalist at the Detroit Free Press and one of the best-known media figures in that city’s history, working in newspapers, radio and television. He currently hosts a daily talk show on WJR radio (airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. EST) and appears regularly on ESPN Sports Reporters and SportsCenter.

In 1995, he married Janine Sabino. That same year he re-encountered Morrie Schwartz, a former college professor who was dying of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. His visits with Schwartz would lead to the book Tuesdays with Morrie, which moved Mitch away from sports and began his career as an internationally recognized author.

Tuesdays with Morrie is the chronicle of Mitch’s time spent with his beloved professor. As a labor of love, Mitch wrote the book to help pay Morrie’s medical bills. It spent four years on the New York Times Bestseller list and is now the most successful memoir ever published. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, is the most successful US hardcover first adult novel ever. For One More Day, his most recent, debuted at No.1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and spent nine months on the list. In October 2006, For One More Day was the first book chosen by Starbucks in the newly launched Book Break Program, which also helped fight illiteracy by donating one dollar from every book sold to Jumpstart.

All three of Albom’s best sellers have been turned into successful TV movies. Oprah Winfrey produced the film version of Tuesdays With Morrie in December 1999, starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. The film garnered four Emmy awards, including best TV film, director, actor and supporting actor. The critically acclaimed Five People You Meet in Heaven aired on ABC in winter, 2004. Directed by Lloyd Kramer, the film was the most watched TV movie of the year, with 19 million viewers. Most recently, Oprah Winfrey Presents Mitch Albom’s For One More Day aired on ABC in December 2007 and earned Ellen Burstyn a Screen Actors Guild nomination.

An award-winning journalist and radio host, Albom wrote the screenplay for both For One More Day and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and is an established playwright, having authored numerous pieces for the theater, including the off-Broadway version of Tuesdays With Morrie (co-written with Jeffrey Hatcher) which has seen over seventy productions across the US and Canada.

Mitch is also an accomplished song writer and lyricist. Later in his life, when music had become a sideline, he would see several of his songs recorded, including the song “Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)” which he wrote for rock singer Warren Zevon. Albom also wrote and performed songs for several TV movies, including “Cookin’ for Two” for Christmas in Connecticut, the 1992 remake directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He has founded three charities in the metropolitan Detroit area: The Dream Fund, established in 1989, allows disadvantaged children to become involved with the arts. A Time To Help, founded in 1998, brings volunteers together once a month to tackle various projects in Detroit, including staffing shelters, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, and operating meals on wheels programs for the elderly. S.A.Y Detroit, Mitch’s most recent effort, is an umbrella program to fund shelters and care for the homeless in his city. He also raises money for literacy projects through a variety of means including his performances with The Rock Bottom Remainders, a band made up of writers which includes Steven King, Dave Barry, Scott Turrow, Amy Tan and Ridley Pearson. Mitch serves on the boards of various charities and, in 1999, was named National Hospice Organization's Man of the Year.