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Internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon Dr Eben Alexander always considered himself a man of science. His unwavering belief in evidence-based medicine fuelled a career in the top medical institutions of the world. But all this was set to change.

One morning in 2008 he fell into a coma after suffering a rare form of bacterial meningitis. Scans of his brain revealed massive damage. Death was deemed the most likely outcome. As his family prepared themselves for the worst, something miraculous happened. Dr Alexander's brain went from near total inactivity to awakening.

He made a full recovery but he was never the same. He woke certain of the infinite reach of the soul, he was certain of a life beyond death. In this astonishing book, Dr Alexander shares his experience, pieced together from the notes he made as soon as he was able to write again. Unlike other accounts of near-death experiences, he is able to explain in depth why his brain was incapable of fabricating the journey he experienced. His story is one of profound beauty and inspiration.

©2014 Eben Alexander (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Dr Eben Alexander's near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon. In my opinion, Dr Alexander is living proof of an afterlife." (Dr Raymond Moody, best-selling author of Life After Life)
"Dr Alexander's neuroscience career taught him that near-death experiences are brain-based illusions, and yet his personal experience left him dumbstruck. His honest struggle to make sense of this unforgettable journey is a gripping story, unique in the literature of spiritual experiences that may well change how we understand our role in the universe." (Dr Bruce Greyson, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine; co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences)
"An interesting account of how a man's spiritual beliefs were fundamentally changed by an unforeseen and nearly fatal event" ( Glasgow Herald)
"A man of science coming out for life after death has extra resonance, rather like Richard Dawkins saying 'God bless.' Based on his own life experience after falling into a coma, it's a fascinating read whatever your own opinions" ( Belfast Telegraph)

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  • The Steel Remains
  • 09-02-15

It would be wonderful if it were true..

I bought an listened to this audiobook before I googled the author and found that the whole story is exactly that - a story. The author has been discredited entirely as the disease he claimed to have in the book he did not in fact have. This makes everything he writes very dubious. Do check him out before you buy this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-16

amazing

so lovely to hear a story of spirituality from a dr. dr's are normally so scientific

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  • Matt Davis
  • 04-15-15

Palliative fiction in same Genre as"the secret"

This was strongly recommend by embers if a Brain tumour a support group, but I wish I jut googled it before purchase as the book comes with stings attached. If looking for inspiration in the solely of brain tumours, I was better served by "Pear shaped and "Do No Harm"

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  • Steve
  • 02-06-15

Wow

Remember hearing interview with Dr Eben Alexander on BBC OUTLOOK and thought wow!

The ending has a true and hidden twist!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-18

Truly amazing book

I absolutely needed to read this book, it has helped me so much and confirmed some things for me. A truly inspirational read. Breathtaking.

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  • MOJOE
  • 11-22-17

Absolutely a must listen or read<br /><br />

This is one of hhe most engrossing books I have ever listened too.
The author and indeed narrator gives a true believable account of NDE which will convince anyone that there is a heaven .
Thank you for your efforts and indeed humanity.

M CROSSLEY UK

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  • patrick oakley
  • 08-27-17

Maybe?

I found this book really interesting and thought provoking. The author a neurological surgeon is given a great deal of credibility because of his qualifications. I would have been far more sceptical had he not been.

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  • JoJoPop
  • 10-09-16

Great real story

This was beautifully writing & kept me intrigued. But I found the real heaven experiences explanations very short, I wanted more.
But maybe that was the beauty of it all also.
Much my enjoyed

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  • PJ
  • 08-13-16

Thought provoking...

...but is it true? The establishment has worked hard to discredit the author, but whether or not he's on the level, this is a thought provoking book if you're in the mood to ponder your existence.

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  • Nory S.
  • 10-31-15

Highly dubious

A fantastic story, but wholly unbelievable. I keep an open mind with all of these accounts but this story is clearly told with entertainment in mind before presenting any verifiable facts.

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