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.
A Doctor or Medical Chemist.
He told too much about his life, what his family and doctors were saying or doing while he was in the coma, and too much medical terms. Not enough about the out of body experience.
Too much medical terms and too much about his life.
Anger and disappointment because I wanted to hear more about his out of body experience and not his life etc..
Too technical with medical terminology and not to the point with the topic-out of body experience.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
The title promised me a neurosurgeon's view of near death experiences (NDEs). There certainly was some of that, but I think he was trying to make the book do too many things. It alternates between being a memoir of his own life, telling the story of his own medical emergency and coma, struggling to relate the details of his NDE, and defending why his NDE cannot be dismissed as a brain-constructed fantasy. I confess I was far more interested in the last two than the first two. Note that he had four years to construct a coherent version of what he experienced in coma, so it's a little frustrating to be told that most of it cannot be conveyed in human language. His defense of NDEs relies almost exclusively on his own analysis of the situation. Again, having had four years to review this, I would have welcomed support from the medical establishment of his own conclusions.
However, these are in the last analysis somewhat superficial criticisms. Whatever it was that happened had a profound effect on Dr. Alexander, and on how he has chosen to live his life since then. Clearly there are things that medicine and science are not able to adequately explain. I hope that Dr. Alexander will eventually come up with a followup book that is more technical in tone that addresses his experiences in more detail.
This is one case where I absolutely support the idea of the author reading his own book. Hearing him tell his own story conveys the conviction he feels about what happened better than any other narrator could have done.
I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.
Dr. Alexander's expertise in knowing the brain and how he couldnt have possibly dreamed the experience and how convincing he is in telling the reader how real it was (even more real than his earthly expieriences) makes this story even more believable and amazing!!
Married with 4 children. Love listening to the books. I have a variety of interests in titles.
I recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who are nonbelievers. I think Dr. Eben Alexander was chosen by God to go through this experience for two reasons: 1) because he was a nonbeliever and 2) because he is a neurosurgeon. Scientifically he was able to prove without a doubt that Heaven and God truly exist. I love this book and will most likely read it again and again!
I need to be able to add fuel for philosophical exploration, this was an excellent springboard. I've read many of the sources he listed (years ago), you don't have to buy in head first, but it is compelling.
I enjoyed the book and don't regret purchasing it, but I really wished the author had spent more time telling the things he learned while in heaven and what heaven was like. The book seemed more like a super detailed description of what the author was told happened to him by relatives and doctors while he was sick and in a comma, how it effected his family and what was medically happening in his body. The books seemed like a detailed diary of a person's harrowing experience with a life threatening illness, not the insight into heaven and the afterlife I had hopped for. There's very little descriptive narrative about heaven or what you see and learn when there.
I was hoping to hear more about what he learned while in heaven and was hoping for more reassurance that we will see our past loved ones and pets. Unfortunately, the author never saw anyone he knew while there. The author expresses dismay over this but toward the very end of the book says one person he met in heaven was a sister he had never met in life. This revelation is pretty anti-climatic by the time the author shares it in the last few minutes of the book.
The author recommends prayer and meditation as a way to transcend and hopefully experience what he experienced and learned, but he never says if he has been able to reach that level again via prayer and meditation.
I do like that the book was read by the author. I think that's very important for giving the story validity.