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Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot | [Bruce Leininger, Andrea Leininger]

Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot

This is the story of James Leininger, who---a little more than two weeks after his second birthday---began having blood-curdling nightmares that just would not stop. When James began screaming out recurring phrases like "Plane on fire! Little man can't get out!" the Leiningers finally admitted that they truly had to take notice.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of James Leininger, who---a little more than two weeks after his second birthday---began having blood-curdling nightmares that just would not stop. When James began screaming out recurring phrases like "Plane on fire! Little man can't get out!" the Leiningers finally admitted that they truly had to take notice. When details of planes and war tragedies no two-year-old boy could know continued---even in stark daylight---Bruce and Andrea Leininger began to realize that this was an incredible situation.

Soul Survivor is the story of how the Leiningers pieced together what their son was communicating and eventually discovered that he was reliving the past life of World War II fighter pilot James Huston. As Bruce Leininger struggled to understand what was happening to his son, he also uncovered details of James Huston's life---and death---as a pilot that will fascinate military buffs everywhere.

In Soul Survivor, we are taken for a gripping ride as the Leiningers' belief system is shaken to the core and both of these families come to know a little boy who, against all odds and even in the face of true skeptics, harbors the soul of this man who died long ago.

©2009 by Andrea Leininger and Bruce Leininger; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"I believe with all my heart that James Leininger is James Huston again. His story is riveting." (Concetta Bertoldi, author of the New York Times bestseller Do Dead People Watch You in the Shower?)

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    Nancy Tucson, AZ, USA 01-09-10
    Nancy Tucson, AZ, USA 01-09-10
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    "A wonderful true life story"

    I had heard the Leiningers on Coast to Coast AM radio. When I discovered the book on Audible I was to get it. There was no disappointment for me. I listened with rapt attention to the book. I'm a believer in reincarnation and so I didn't have the problem with the book, having read Ian Stevenson's works on the subject. I highly recommend this book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    peter 05-15-10
    peter 05-15-10
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    "written for juveniles"

    I agree with a previous reviewer that it is written on the order of see spot run. This book was obviously written for young juveniles and not adults. Fantastic event but amazingly boring. Look for another book on this event instead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George Heuston 11-21-13
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    "A Compelling Affirmation of Lives Continued"
    Any additional comments?

    I am a military history buff, and am open-minded about reincarnation as a possible or even probable reality. That said, I'm not a New Ager either. Soul Survivor was a compelling and fascinating read. Though at times it over-indulged the banalities of the family's daily lives, the core story was a meticulously documented and researched walk through the lives of a dead WW2 pilot, the young boy he later became, and the astonishing facts that explained their journeys. I appreciated the candor of addressing the conflicts in religious beliefs, versus the conclusions that inexorably were to be drawn from "James 3's" vivid and detailed past-life experiences. This work is a window on a realization that life doesn't necessarily flow in directions that conventional dogmas demand. Well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Clarks Summit, PA, United States 09-02-10
    Patrick Clarks Summit, PA, United States 09-02-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Looooooooong!"

    This 9 hour story has about 40 minutes of substance. The constant delving into details of details of details that are in no way connected to the story is extremely tedious. If a point could be made, or a aspect of the story told in a paragraph, this book spends a chapter. I have been an audible member for over six years and have listened to countless hours of audiobooks. This is unlistenable. Search the story on the internet. Get the 2 page summary.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Orefield, PA, United States 08-19-10
    Ann Orefield, PA, United States 08-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Too much fluff"

    I was intrigued about this book when my skeptical father recommended it. Although it might be better in print than on audio, it was a severe disappointment. The story could have been told in half the amount of time. There is way too much useless information that is obviously added just so the story could be a book instead of a magazine article. I grew to dislike the parents, especially the mom who seemed to want to use the book simply to brag about herself. Finally, the narrator couldn't have been more soporific. He read the book as if he was being forced at gunpoint. Particularly annoying was his "voice" of Andrea Leiniger. He simply sounded like a drag queen. I found myself anxious for it to be over (or at least get to the point), but, unlike a hard copy book, you can't skim ahead without being afraid of missing something. Unfortunately, there was little to miss.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine I. Hintz Basking Ridge, NJ 01-29-15
    Kristine I. Hintz Basking Ridge, NJ 01-29-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Incredible True Story, Not Optimally Presented"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend any version of this story, because it is an incredible true story that is so thought-provoking and may change the way a person looks at life and death.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The true story itself.


    What aspect of Paul Boehmer’s performance would you have changed?

    I did not care for Boehmer's performance. I especially did not like his irritating vocal characterization of female voices (I realize that is hard for a male narrator to do). His expression of humor when narrating a supposedly funny anecdote was also annoying.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Evidence of reincarnation and a new perspective on life and death.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is incredible, but the book's writing style is somewhat irritating. Too much detail about the family's daily lives, which was not that interesting, compared to the mystery of their son's nightmares and "past life," which was intriguing.

    The recording is low quality, sounding like it was done on an old cassette machine. I would love to see a new recording (with a different narrator)>

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harold 11-22-09
    Harold 11-22-09
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    "soul survivor"

    the writing is about like "see spot run". it is by far the worst audible book of all the hundreds that i have downloaded....terrible

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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