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  • Into the Light: Real Life Stories About Angelic Visits, Visions of the Afterlife, and Other Pre-Death Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Lerma
    • Narrated By Arika Escalona
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Despite our advancements in science and medicine, death remains one of humananity's most glorious mysteries. A handful of doctors have written books on phenomena such as near-death experiences, but research and data is scarce on pre-death experiences. Because of this lack of information, Dr. John Lerma has devoted his career to compiling anecdotal and scientific research on pre-death hallucinations from the countless terminally-ill patients he lovingly cares for as a doctor and director at The Medical Center of Houston, Texas.

    Bryan says: "As a believer, I found this book hard to believe."
    "More Religious Than Spiritual"
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    Lerma wrote this with a strong Christian bias, in case you were looking for something of a more general spiritual nature. He's also clearly a fan of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen, which he freely and generously acknowledges. It's unfortunate that he's used this otherwise enlightening collection of experiences as a bully pulpit for Christianity; I probably wouldn't have chosen the title had I known he had such a penchant for preaching. He offers more in the way of distinctively Christian interpretation than he actually documents accounts from the dying patients' perspectives, which disappointed me.

    Narrator Arika Escalona, however, is exceptionally good and deeply engaged in the material! I'd eagerly search for her as such in other audiobooks.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Donald Katz, Jonathan Alter (introduction), Ricky Ian Gordon (afterword)
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett, Jonathan Alter, Ricky Ian Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Home Fires is the powerful saga of the Gordon family - real people, names unchanged. Spanning nearly five decades, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, their story has the scope, depth, wealth of incident, and emotional intensity of a great novel, and an abundance of humor, scandal, warmth, and trauma - the recognizable components of family life. This is also a masterful chronicle of the turbulent postwar era, illuminating the interplay between private life and profound cultural changes.

    Susan says: "A Struggle to Savor!"
    "A Struggle to Savor!"
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    Because Home Fires is such a deliciously lengthy listen, don't be surprised if you often need to put it aside, because like a box of fine chocolate, it's a treat to be savored. Encompassing a half-century, Donald Katz's rich, magical weaving of history and no-holds-barred biography is seamless in its compelling beauty and complexity. Not one Gordon family member escapes the steady intensity of Katz's burning gaze into his or her life.

    Especially those of us Baby Boomers caught in the undertow of the bewildering historical and cultural tsunamis which battered the last half of the 20th century will readily relate to the pain, struggle, confusion, and hope which unceasingly washed over us. Listening to gifted narrator Joe Barrett infuse Katz's masterpiece with knowing, understanding breath is an unexpectedly rare treat no Audible listener should miss, and gaining the added opportunity to hear Ricky Ian Gordon sum up his family's saga could not have been a more fulfilling conclusion.

    You'll have yourself to thank for not missing this superlative family saga!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2649)
    Performance
    (1968)
    Story
    (2012)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Wish I Could Get a Refund..."
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    ...but I used up one of my 3 Audible credits on this piece of nonsense, so evidently, that's not possible.

    If you enjoy good ol' fashioned Christian proselytizing, you will adore this book! And know that according to l'il Colton Burpo, who allegedly has a junior hotline to heaven, you'll never see the pearly gates unless you accept Christ as your savior.

    The rest, too, is fiction, but Colton's daddy made himself a nice sack o' money by peddling this silliness. With the vast array of wonderful, enlightening books on near-death experiences - Anita Moorjani and Dr. Eben Alexander quickly come to mind - unless you want a good flogging with colorful religious fantasy, avoid this selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Have an Out of Body Experience: Transcend the Limits of Physical Form and Accelerate Your Spritual Evolution

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Buhlman
    • Narrated By William Buhlman
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (84)

    For the thousands of explorers that William Buhlman has taught to enter the out-of-body state, verification often comes in a breathtaking flash-the undeniable first-hand experience of lucid awareness beyong the limits of time and space in a realm of vast spiritual potential. With How to Have an Out of Body Experience, you will learn to safely explore this astonishing territory for yourself, to awaken untapped possibilities.

    Laura says: "Buhlman fan"
    "Nothing new here..."
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    The book consists of a series of what are essentially guided relaxation exercises rather than more specific, helpful instructions on attaining an authentic out-of-body experience. The author's vague comments on his own experiences, which almost seem indistinguishable from more prosaic nighttime dream states, are uninteresting and not in any way instructive. I was very disappointed by this work and can see why the price was so dramatically reduced.

    The experience was akin to that of rubberneckers at an accident scene being told by police, "Nothing here, folks - move on." It's little more than yawnworthy.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By C. C. Chapman
    • Narrated By C. C. Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Amazing Things Will Happen offers straightforward advice that can be put into action to improve your life. Through personal anecdotes from the author's life, and interviews of successful individuals across several industries, this audiobook demonstrates how to achieve success, in all aspects of life, through hard work and acts of kindness. Split into five sections, this audiobook details how to begin the self-improvement journey.

    Troy A. Rutter says: "Amazing Audio Version"
    "Remarkably Unremarkable"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone very new to the working world - as in right out of high school - might appreciate it as general, shot-in-the-arm, rah-rah encouragement with which to embark on their career, but those with a more extended employment trajectory will find it old hat, motivational-speaker style hyperbole whose main attribute is its merciful brevity.


    What was most disappointing about C. C. Chapman’s story?

    It's mostly an enthusiastic oral delivery of his own résumé, lacking in far too much specificity to be helpful. To his credit, he's got a reasonably palatable speaking voice, although he stumbles over some of his own writing and doesn't bother to correct the flubs.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    His enthusiasm is infectious...almost...


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 86400: Manage Your Purpose to Make Every Second of Each Day Count

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lavaille Lavette
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    86400 is the instigator that will inspire you to live a renewed life of intention, ultimately managing your unique purpose to make a difference for others as well as for yourself.Starting with personal accounts of her own challenges with time management and her search to find meaning amidst her success and achievements, Lavaille Lavette provides ten characteristics she has discovered to help discern the value of each moment of the day and fill it with unique purpose.

    morton says: "Inspiring Audio"
    "A Huge Disappointment"
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    Incoherent fundamentalist blather couched in the quasi-respectable disguise of the motivational and/or organizational genres. Heavily peppered with Bible verses we've all heard at least 1,354,850 times, this book is the original Bridge to Nowhere, with some very special self-congratulatory back-slapping generously administered by the author, who is about as inspiring as a quiescently frozen mud puddle on a city street in early February. I can't even finish it, it's so dull and pointless.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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