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Paul H. Miller

MADISON, WI, US | Member Since 2009

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  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rick Strassman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (237)

    From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.

    Evan says: "A must-have for anyone interested in anything."
    "Good attempt to investigate a phenomenon"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For any one interested in the "near-death experience" phenomenon, this book should be read. The author has made an attempt to systematically investigate psychedelic experiences that are mediated by DMT, a substance I personally knew nothing about before reading this book. The account of the difficulty he had getting approval for his studies, and how it affected some of his other involvements, is interesting, as well. Not having a strong neurochemical information background, I found it difficult to evaluate some of the information he presented, but I do think the book is well written and provokes questions and desire for more research on the part of the reader.


    What other book might you compare DMT: The Spirit Molecule to and why?

    I am not aware of many other books that purport to study psychedelic phenomena, at least in current times. This book is certainly more research based than most of the books I have read about altered states of consciousness.


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He treated the content with respect and thus supported the overall tone and nature of the book--that is, businesslike, but with appropriate emphasis, even on the personal material.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily, but it did hold my interest and there was a definite desire to finish it. HIs organization was logical and also showed a clear progression to the core of the results he found


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that chronicles a more reasoned approach to altered states of consciousness than many of the other literature out there on this subject. He does a good job of labeling his biases when they come into play

    1 of 1 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
    (2748)
    Performance
    (2056)
    Story
    (2102)

    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"
    "Made me wonder"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it, since many of my friends are also interested in near-death experiences. The author does a good job of retelling the incidents that are difficult to explain in any other way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father--his sincerity about his faith was very clear, as was his caring and concern for his son


    Which character – as performed by Dean Gallagher – was your favorite?

    Father


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The discovery of the little girl and her drawings and her similarity to the main character's experience


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that clearly has strong religious overtones, rather than scientific ones, but it is out front with that, and one has to respect the author for his treatment of the experiences described. I admire his faith, and the events and experiences he describes left me feeling more hopeful about an afterlife.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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