I buy audiobooks so I can listen to them in the car on long trips. This was the first audiobook engrossing enough for me not to be able to limit it to car trips. I listened to it inside my home, and that's saying something. It makes me want to own the printed book, however, because there were so many things I wanted to underline and dogear for future reference.
Alexander tells us how we can attain the realms he reached (albeit probably not as perfectly) through meditation and prayer.
This question is not relative to a nonfiction memoir.
That the brain is not the end all. That science is limited, a kind of ideology that precludes our understanding anything beyond our own perceptions. That something of us is eternal, and that even in that higher realm, our earthly family is important.
The author, Eben Alexander, does not explicitly state this, but I believe he was chosen to experience the "after-death" realm so he could return and share his story with us. Though he states more than once how difficult it is to translate what he saw and learned into the language and perceptions of mere mortals, he has done a spectacular job trying. I have read many NDE memoirs and this one has to stand as the most credible.
Author takes a valid experience, then extrapolates it into an bizarre far out conclusion.
Narration and interesting story
Confirmed my ideas, clarified some. Very good book, especially if you have lost someone dear.
About the same.
I love his accent, but his delivery seems a bit tentative.
Well, I hate the title. It sounds so hokey whereas the book is anything but. I'd call it "my journey into what's next"
Absolutely fascinating. I bought 6 copies of this to give as gifts. His story is truly amazing. Credible and awe inspiring.
Story was to much about Mr. Alexander and not enough about his experience in heaven. Hard to follow at times. There are some positive points to the book that cause you to really reflect on your own spiritual journey. I don't doubt what Mr. Alexander has conveyed and am happy for him and his family that he returned from such a terrible illness. The book did not offer me the "proof" I was seeking and have gotten more out of books that have described angelic encounters / experience. Would not recommend to friend or family to read.
The author's writing style vacillates between his personal, professional, and near-death encounter in a way the diminishes the reader's attention and, at times, exhaust their patience. Instead of wanting to hear more, you are left wanting Alexander to 'get to the point', to tell the story about what he encountered, and to tell the story of what he learned in Heaven in a matter of fact way instead of meandering.
Impatience. Lack of interest. Boredom.
My recommendation is try take a look at a book titled, Embraced by the Light. In this book, author, Betty J. Eadie provides striking detail of her experiences and clearly communicates how her life was changed by her journey into the Heavenly realm. Eadie's account is concise and moving with very little repetition. She unintentionally, invites the reader to cultivate their own 'take-aways' without the added verbiage, and her writing style is unpolished, yet authentic.
This rating is partly a reflection of my aversion to the writer's inability to make a convincing argument for including so many random details. The way he flipped back and forth between his memories and the recollections shared by others concerning the 7 days of his coma was exhausting, and the clutter he created by making obscure comments relative to his professional background diminished the power of the book's title. Where was the proof? I couldn't find it. Such rhetoric made his account seem more like a mishmash of unresolved questions or scientific research topics than 'proof of Heaven'. His inability to effectively communicate 'earth shattering truths/significant epiphanies' made the read an epic fail for me, but to each his or her own.
My advice is to check this book out from your local library and save your audible credits for another day.
My mom is 94 and starting to think about what death is like. I got this book to be a possible read for her. This book was ok but the focus seemed to be more about Eban's present incarnation rather than his experience on the other side. I think I learned more about his adoption and his experiences with that rather than about his experience after his crossing over. I am also adopted so I could appreciate that part of his journey, but it was not the purpose of my purchase. It was ok.
Not for my purposes
Maybe a shorter one.
I wanted a more indepth book about near death experiences. I thought that since the book was over five hours long he would talk quite a bit about what he saw when he died, but I found there was very little mention, and a lot of filler about his life, how he is a surgeon and meningitis.
Anyone who enjoys manipulation
Give 100 percent of the proceeds to charity
Make no mistake about it. It's a masterful performance. It just wasn't the truth
None. The book is a cash cow as is.
Save yourself from contributing to this fraud. It's a very, very convincing story. However, the author has been revealed as a fraud and a liar in court and in his medical career. Sad.
Mild mannered easy going superhero
With the like of Dawkins and his crackpot, unstudied ilk its great to hear a voice of a person who was passive in their assumptions about the afterlife and now, impossibly and against all known understanding of the human brain, Eben Alexander now believes.