Life Before Life

Children's Memories of Previous Lives
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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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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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.

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Fascinating material, boring treatment.

This book relates a few interesting descriptions of children who seem to have lived a past life or three before landing, somewhat unhappily in several cases, with their current parents. The rest is poky, droning filler.

Hard to say who was more bored, narrator Kirby or listener Judy.