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This popular examination of research into children's reports of past-life memories describes a collection of 2,500 cases at the University of Virginia that investigators have carefully studied since Dr. Ian Stevenson began the work more than 40 years ago. The children usually begin talking about a past life at the age of two or three and may talk about a previous family or the way they died in a previous life. Their statements have often been found to be accurate for one particular deceased individual, and some children have recognized members of the previous family. A number have also had birthmarks or defects that matched wounds on the body of the deceased person.  

Life Before Life presents the cases in a straightforward way and explores the possibility that consciousness may continue after the brain dies. It is a provocative and fascinating book that can challenge and ultimately change listeners' understanding about life and death.

©2005 Jim B. Tucker (P)2019 Tantor

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Heavy on the scientific process

Heavy on the scientific process and sometimes feels like hearing a textbook being read aloud. That said, the anecdotal information is intriguing. Pacing and voice inflection is great. Sounds much like a conversation (which helped me get through the drier scientific process bits).

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droning

he drones on...and on...and on... and on... and on. "it could be this" "it could be that" conjecture, justifying, conjecture...just give me the facts!

on a second note, it makes a good sleep-aid.

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Let me save you time

There’s some pretty interesting examples of children recalling past lives. There’s a few different scientific methodologies to examine these experiences. In the end you make up your own mind what you want to believe in. I made it halfway through before I said okay, I don’t need to hear anymore.

There’s these crazy stories that allude to reincarnation. And science to analyze the stories. In the end you still make up your own mind.

See how I just said the same thing over with different words. That’s how this book feels. Feel free to spend ten hours of your time hearing about it all. The performers was decent

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A Well-Rounded Overview

The book contains just the right mix of specific cases and general discussion. No, this book is not an anthology of cases, recounted one after the other, which some people have complained about in their review. Though a significant number of cases are recounted in detail throughout the book, most of the book concerns the author's analysis of these cases and their general trends. As for me, I was just as interested in the philosophical questions posed by the cases, and the author's discussion of these questions, as I was the cases themselves. I will be gifting this book to three family members of mine who I think will find it thought provoking.

The narrator did a fine job. No complaints. The subject matter of the book was well organized and written in an easy to understand manner.

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Great clinical study overview

If you enjoy the science behind the study of reincarnation that you’ll enjoy this book. The entire book is a list of specific cases that Were studied all over the world. I believe that total was 1100 kids in total if I remember correctly. Sometimes the book can get a little wordy but overall great book

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Insightful information and very well delivered

This book gives detailed information about the author and his predessor’s documented experiences interviewing children with past life experiences. It is written from a research, evidence-based perspective that incorporates scientific finds that support the claims. It is both informative and intriguing to listen to. The audio is excellent in that the reader does not embellish the reading by trying to imitate a child’s voice for example when making a quote. It is read enjoyably like a book and makes the message of the book unaltered. It is an excellent read or listen. Highly recommended!

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Compelling

Well written and engaging, like a mystery novel. I especially appreciated his analyses of the cases and humility in presenting the evidence.

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Wonderful book, makes you re-think

I have read a couple of people complaining that this is a book that is not giving you asnwers. yes, this is true, the author is presenting evidence and let's you decide for yourself if you want to support the idea of life after life or you just supporting the idea that child imagine. ,,,like it was said in the book....people tend to pick cases that unintentionally support their belief. well, i enjoyed the book, very well written, there is some scientific research and i love how the author is presenting cases, facts, evidence to both sides- why the life and re-incarnation exists or why some people would think it doesn't'. the wonderful thing about this book is that you can decide for yourself, as a grow up and adult that is looking at all the facts and makes an educated decision. well, i have recently experienced a death of my father and was looking for something like this. maybe my emotional state as of now - this is something that i needed. i wanted positive re-assurance that my dad is not gone forever.

anyways, you may have different goals why you would want to pickup this book, but what i can tell is that you will not be bored, this is not a novel, don't wait for a story, this is a food for thought and different perspective on some many aspects in life.

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Interesting study, a bit too much emphasis on research methodology. My experience lead to different conclusions about reincarnation.

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Fascinating Topic!

Although this book isn’t the most exciting (as it’s written like a scientific study), I feel that the subject material is very interesting. I just finished listening to “Real Magic” by Dean Radin before this, and as both works suggest, the human consciousness goes far beyond the material world. I’ve often thought that organized religion was hogwash, but have a deep belief that this life isn’t all there is. Although it goes unseen, there is a spiritual world that exists along side our material one. These two books offer a possibility of “proof” for those willing to accept it, and opens up room for a serious investigation at the very least. Both of these books pose interesting ideas in explaining human existence, and I hope that science will continue to study these ideas and invest real effort and resources into these topics. I have long held the belief that science and spirituality are one and the same, and humanity needs to realize that these two topics can coexist. Imagine what could be unearthed if these topics were taken seriously and studied like any other sciences. Imagine the implications for our species. The narrator wasn’t the best, and sounded a bit like a TA explaining the professor’s material. I increased the speed of the narration to 1.3% and that helped immensely.