The Pain Chronicles is one of the best books of any genre that I have read in quite a few years. It captivated me as well as any novel, and informed me about chronic pain in a way that made the issue at once human and scientific. I highly recommend this one, and I am pretty hard to please.
I only read the audio version so I cannot compare the two.
This book and its sequels (Destiny of Souls and Memories of the Afterlife) literally changed my life, in terms of the way I perceive and respond to people and events.
I happen to be a hypnotherapist, so I applied and was accepted to attend the Newton Institute's weeklong Life Between Lives (LBL) Hypnotherapy training shortly after reading the books. Having experienced this process directly, I will attest that the findings reported in these books are very real, and game changing in terms of our purpose here on Earth.
For more information I would also recommend the film Flipside by Richard Martini.
Mr. Berkrot has a very nice voice. He sometimes doesn't get the inflection quite right, but the meaning is not lost. I'm used to listening to more accomplished readers of books by more well known authors, so it's hard to compare. No complaints - this is an excellent listen.
I put off reading this book for nearly 20 years, because I am such a skeptic about things metaphysical. I recommend you go ahead and give it a listen (or read) with an open mind, and even experience an LBL hypnotherapy session for yourself with a Newton Institute-certified practitioner. The implications of this information are tremendous.
Perhaps someone seeking comfort more than truth.
I doubt it.
Yes, he really gave different voices to the characters.
Maybe the narrator - he didn't really add very much.
The many anecdotes were all pretty generic - that made the whole thing seem like a fabrication. Also, the orientation was strongly Christian, with lots of references to deceased loved ones being with Jesus, or angels, or Mary. Nothing against Christians (some of my best friends, etc.) but I wonder that no other religious denomination was represented in the authors' interviews. Sorry - this book just seemed to be a contrivance based on the authors' own beliefs, rather than objective investigation.
This book is chock full of great information about the specific benefits of exercise on the brain. It's a bit technical but I think it has to be to make its case. It's got me moving for sure! Get past the first chapter, and you'll find a LOT of great, helpful information about the WHY and how of exercise as applied to longevity and brain health. I do wish the reader could have gotten the correct pronunciation for "hypothalamus." This was the only flaw in an otherwise wonderful performance. I've read the book twice already and will probably read it a few more times to solidify all the information in my own brain.
The other reviews I read made me think this would be full of great insights. I had to fast forward through the first part, which was a long, self-congratulatory interview with the author. The five languages were no big surprise - kind words, gift-giving, service, touching, and quality time. All five are good things to do for your loved ones. I'd call this a case of Expando Publishing - taking what should be a brochure or flyer and expanding it into a full length book.
I admit that I have loved tales of the mysterious - vampires, witches, and such - since I was very small. Ms. Harkness's tale is so well woven that its premises, fantastical as they are, are accepted without question (by this reader at least). I check back at least once a month to see whether the sequel is available.
I guess I was looking for something rigorous. I'm not that familiar with Dr. Chopra's body of work, in fact this is the first (and last) book of his I will read. If you want a text on Hindu theology on the afterlife, etc., this would probably meet your expectations. I am sorry to have spent the credit on this one, but at least now I know what Deepak Chopra is all about.
...anybody who makes a buck (or a book) out of talking to angels is, in my opinion, not to be trusted. Some good spiritual ideas, but cloaked in such meta-drivel that I had to turn it off.
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