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Proof of Heaven Audiobook

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

A Harvard-trained neurosurgeon's minute-by-minute account of his own near-death experience - and what he discovered in the heavenly realm beyond life.

On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed.

Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have functioned at all. That left only one conclusion: that we are conscious in spite of our brains - that, in fact, consciousness is at the root of all existence.

The evidence supporting Dr. Alexander's experience transformed him into a believer in God's unconditional love and brought reconciliation to his family - and will upend our ideas about human consciousness and spirituality.

©2012 Eben Alexander (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

What the Critics Say

"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." (Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, author of Life Beyond Life)

"Eben Alexander brings a unique perspective to the sacred world combining a glorious, personal vision of spiritual consciousness with patient, insightful scientific inquiry. Proof of Heaven is a compelling story of what may lie ahead for all of us in the life beyond this one. We have nothing to fear." (Allan J. Hamilton, MD, FACS, author of The Scalpel and the Soul and Zen Mind, Zen Horse)

"I can highly recommend this important book that has the potential to break many scientific taboos." (Dr. Pim van Lommel, cardiologist, author of Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience)

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    Andy Spring, TX, USA 09-28-13
    Andy Spring, TX, USA 09-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not what I had hoped"
    What did you like best about Proof of Heaven? What did you like least?

    Story was to much about Mr. Alexander and not enough about his experience in heaven. Hard to follow at times. There are some positive points to the book that cause you to really reflect on your own spiritual journey. I don't doubt what Mr. Alexander has conveyed and am happy for him and his family that he returned from such a terrible illness. The book did not offer me the "proof" I was seeking and have gotten more out of books that have described angelic encounters / experience. Would not recommend to friend or family to read.


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    Charla CLAYTON, DE, United States 09-14-13
    Charla CLAYTON, DE, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Monotone & Cluttered"
    Would you try another book from Eben Alexander and/or Eben Alexander?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Eben Alexander’s story?

    The author's writing style vacillates between his personal, professional, and near-death encounter in a way the diminishes the reader's attention and, at times, exhaust their patience. Instead of wanting to hear more, you are left wanting Alexander to 'get to the point', to tell the story about what he encountered, and to tell the story of what he learned in Heaven in a matter of fact way instead of meandering.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eben Alexander’s performances?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Impatience. Lack of interest. Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    My recommendation is try take a look at a book titled, Embraced by the Light. In this book, author, Betty J. Eadie provides striking detail of her experiences and clearly communicates how her life was changed by her journey into the Heavenly realm. Eadie's account is concise and moving with very little repetition. She unintentionally, invites the reader to cultivate their own 'take-aways' without the added verbiage, and her writing style is unpolished, yet authentic.

    This rating is partly a reflection of my aversion to the writer's inability to make a convincing argument for including so many random details. The way he flipped back and forth between his memories and the recollections shared by others concerning the 7 days of his coma was exhausting, and the clutter he created by making obscure comments relative to his professional background diminished the power of the book's title. Where was the proof? I couldn't find it. Such rhetoric made his account seem more like a mishmash of unresolved questions or scientific research topics than 'proof of Heaven'. His inability to effectively communicate 'earth shattering truths/significant epiphanies' made the read an epic fail for me, but to each his or her own.

    My advice is to check this book out from your local library and save your audible credits for another day.

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    M 09-07-13
    M 09-07-13
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    "Not what I was expecting"
    Would you try another book from Eben Alexander and/or Eben Alexander?

    My mom is 94 and starting to think about what death is like. I got this book to be a possible read for her. This book was ok but the focus seemed to be more about Eban's present incarnation rather than his experience on the other side. I think I learned more about his adoption and his experiences with that rather than about his experience after his crossing over. I am also adopted so I could appreciate that part of his journey, but it was not the purpose of my purchase. It was ok.


    Has Proof of Heaven turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for my purposes


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    Katy 08-24-13
    Katy 08-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Would be better condensed"
    Would you try another book from Eben Alexander and/or Eben Alexander?

    Maybe a shorter one.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted a more indepth book about near death experiences. I thought that since the book was over five hours long he would talk quite a bit about what he saw when he died, but I found there was very little mention, and a lot of filler about his life, how he is a surgeon and meningitis.

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    Eric United States 08-07-13
    Eric United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Sadly another fraud"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoys manipulation


    What could Eben Alexander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give 100 percent of the proceeds to charity


    What didn’t you like about Eben Alexander’s performance?

    Make no mistake about it. It's a masterful performance. It just wasn't the truth


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Proof of Heaven?

    None. The book is a cash cow as is.


    Any additional comments?

    Save yourself from contributing to this fraud. It's a very, very convincing story. However, the author has been revealed as a fraud and a liar in court and in his medical career. Sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. Jessee Floyds Knobs, IN, United States 07-28-13
    W. Jessee Floyds Knobs, IN, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2016

    Mild mannered easy going superhero

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    "Believeable."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    With the like of Dawkins and his crackpot, unstudied ilk its great to hear a voice of a person who was passive in their assumptions about the afterlife and now, impossibly and against all known understanding of the human brain, Eben Alexander now believes.


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    Bobbie Houston, TX, United States 07-16-13
    Bobbie Houston, TX, United States 07-16-13
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    "Heaven"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A Doctor or Medical Chemist.


    What was most disappointing about Eben Alexander’s story?

    He told too much about his life, what his family and doctors were saying or doing while he was in the coma, and too much medical terms. Not enough about the out of body experience.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too much medical terms and too much about his life.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment because I wanted to hear more about his out of body experience and not his life etc..


    Any additional comments?

    Too technical with medical terminology and not to the point with the topic-out of body experience.

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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 07-14-13
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2008

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "Not as focused as I would have liked"

    The title promised me a neurosurgeon's view of near death experiences (NDEs). There certainly was some of that, but I think he was trying to make the book do too many things. It alternates between being a memoir of his own life, telling the story of his own medical emergency and coma, struggling to relate the details of his NDE, and defending why his NDE cannot be dismissed as a brain-constructed fantasy. I confess I was far more interested in the last two than the first two. Note that he had four years to construct a coherent version of what he experienced in coma, so it's a little frustrating to be told that most of it cannot be conveyed in human language. His defense of NDEs relies almost exclusively on his own analysis of the situation. Again, having had four years to review this, I would have welcomed support from the medical establishment of his own conclusions.

    However, these are in the last analysis somewhat superficial criticisms. Whatever it was that happened had a profound effect on Dr. Alexander, and on how he has chosen to live his life since then. Clearly there are things that medicine and science are not able to adequately explain. I hope that Dr. Alexander will eventually come up with a followup book that is more technical in tone that addresses his experiences in more detail.

    This is one case where I absolutely support the idea of the author reading his own book. Hearing him tell his own story conveys the conviction he feels about what happened better than any other narrator could have done.

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    Nicholas 07-08-13
    Nicholas 07-08-13

    I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.

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    "MAYBE NOT PROOF BUT PRETTY CONVINCING!"
    Any additional comments?

    Dr. Alexander's expertise in knowing the brain and how he couldnt have possibly dreamed the experience and how convincing he is in telling the reader how real it was (even more real than his earthly expieriences) makes this story even more believable and amazing!!

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    Jane GIDDINGS, TX, United States 06-25-13
    Jane GIDDINGS, TX, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Married with 4 children. Love listening to the books. I have a variety of interests in titles.

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    "A HEAVENLY EXPERIENCE!"

    I recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who are nonbelievers. I think Dr. Eben Alexander was chosen by God to go through this experience for two reasons: 1) because he was a nonbeliever and 2) because he is a neurosurgeon. Scientifically he was able to prove without a doubt that Heaven and God truly exist. I love this book and will most likely read it again and again!

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