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Proof of Heaven Audiobook

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

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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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    Jobyna B. McGee Seattle 07-09-14
    Jobyna B. McGee Seattle 07-09-14
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    "It's not selling religion or mystical concepts."
    What made the experience of listening to Proof of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    What I liked most about this book was how the author remained objective and explained from the scientific, yet personal point of view, why he thinks that human consciousness exceeds this one lifetime.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is an autobiography, but the family members are also involved.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't know about the "re-entry" process that people who have been in a coma might have to deal with. It isn't my "favorite" scene, but one that I wasn't expecting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not what the title says. This isn't a "heaven" factored story, it is a NDE, or near death experience biography told in a straightforward manner.


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    Mijo 04-12-14
    Mijo 04-12-14
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    "WORTH THE READ IF NDE INTERESTS YOU"
    What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

    The authors background and education gave this some credibility. This book is so different than most books about nde that focus on religious conversions. Much more inline with the experiences my freind had.


    What other book might you compare Proof of Heaven to and why?

    None


    Which character – as performed by Eben Alexander – was your favorite?

    None


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have rated this a 5 but the details were a little murky.

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    cewebster 04-05-14
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    "An Allegory - Ref. St. John of the Cross"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - It addresses issues of what it means to be at once "a soma", and "a soul", inexorably engaged in contemplative proximate union with it's Creator!


    What other book might you compare Proof of Heaven to and why?

    The collected works of Saint John of the Cross. Especially, "The Assent of Mt. Carmel" and "The Dark Night of the Soul." which also focus primarily on the nature of our proximate union with God. Also, one might wish to read the Biography of St. Theresa of Calcutta."


    Have you listened to any of Eben Alexander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This one I hope to read many times.

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    Janice 03-20-14
    Janice 03-20-14
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    "Wonderful and uplifting!"
    What made the experience of listening to Proof of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    Proof of Heaven was very enjoyable listening to all the details Dr. Alexander was able to describe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is an amazing journey that makes the listener want more. I was sorry when it ended. I plan on listening to this audible book many more times. Dr. Alexander's journey opens up many areas I don't think I would have thought about until I heard this wonderful book.
    Thank you Dr. Alexander!!


    Have you listened to any of Eben Alexander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had not listened to any of Dr. Alexander's books until now. His voice is very relaxing and keeps you wanting to hear more. I am anxious to hear more from Dr. Alexander!


    If you could give Proof of Heaven a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I wouldn't change it at all.


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    Susan 03-05-14
    Susan 03-05-14
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    "Thought Provoking"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    There is so much material so get lost in. When it ended my thought was I need to learn more.


    Any additional comments?

    Confirms what I have believed to be true.

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    Loriel13 Boston MA 02-19-14
    Loriel13 Boston MA 02-19-14 Listener Since 2006
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    "A-MAZING. A MUST READ for everyone that doubts...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    Yes. It is much better to hear the author read it the way he MEANT it to be read. And his Southern accent was charming.


    What other book might you compare Proof of Heaven to and why?

    Tom Piper's book is very good - and there another about a little boy that had an NDE - Colton Burpo - it used to be on Audible but is no longer there, sadly.


    Which character – as performed by Eben Alexander – was your favorite?

    Eban himself - Hearing his words in his own voice (and charming southern accent) helps the reader "be there" with him.


    If you could give Proof of Heaven a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "a medical journey there...and back!!"


    Any additional comments?

    The acknowledgements at the end were WAAAAAAAY too long. Not meant to be read out loud, in my opinion.Best book on the subject that I have read. Tom Piper's book is great, as is Colton Burpo's story written by his mom and dad - it was in my library but is no longer there for some reason - (Heaven is For Real).
    Looking forward to reading additional, more current science-based books on the topic.

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    Ninos Youkhana Skokie, IL, United States 02-12-14
    Ninos Youkhana Skokie, IL, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2017
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    "I love It"

    Would you like to be in a singular awareness in the midst of a soupy, dark, muddy nothingness that had no beginning and , seemingly, no end. I don't want to be there...READ IT!

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    L. Poteet 01-28-14
    L. Poteet 01-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent in Every Category. Fascinating Story"
    Where does Proof of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would rank in the top 5 for sure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reason I loved this story is because the chapter in which he begins to realize something is going on with his health and it progresses at such a rapid pace, is almost the exact scenario I experienced when I had a health scare. The medical symptoms and terminology he uses in the story that lead up to him on his deathbed in the hospital was eerily the same experience I had. Of course, the similarities end there, but his story continues to unfold in such a fascinating, well-told story from then on. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book.


    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    A high quality performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily/


    Any additional comments?

    If your a skeptic, it's food for thought. If you are a believer it's just another confirmation that there is life after death and your loved ones are never very far from you.

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    TJ Billings, MT, United States 12-08-13
    TJ Billings, MT, United States 12-08-13
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    "Fascinating read from a medical doctor"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    I have read some about near death experiences (NDE) but this story and experience as told by the patient himself, Dr Eben Alexander is fascinating. His medical knowledge brings the facts and myths of NDEs to a new level of understanding and I really enjoyed it. It is very 'medical' at times with words that I didn't always exactly understand the meaning of, but that is precisely what gave it validity in my opinion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    He is the only character in the book. He did a fabulous job of telling his story, even doubting at times, how it could be real given the graveness of his medical condition. That fact that he is living, and writing, and able to so clearly tell his story is a miracle.


    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job reading and got emotional at times so I knew he was really reading from the heart.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he talked about meeting his birthparents.


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    finaleyes 12-04-13
    finaleyes 12-04-13
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    "Not just another NDE memoir"
    Where does Proof of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I buy audiobooks so I can listen to them in the car on long trips. This was the first audiobook engrossing enough for me not to be able to limit it to car trips. I listened to it inside my home, and that's saying something. It makes me want to own the printed book, however, because there were so many things I wanted to underline and dogear for future reference.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Proof of Heaven?

    Alexander tells us how we can attain the realms he reached (albeit probably not as perfectly) through meditation and prayer.


    Which character – as performed by Eben Alexander – was your favorite?

    This question is not relative to a nonfiction memoir.


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

    That the brain is not the end all. That science is limited, a kind of ideology that precludes our understanding anything beyond our own perceptions. That something of us is eternal, and that even in that higher realm, our earthly family is important.


    Any additional comments?

    The author, Eben Alexander, does not explicitly state this, but I believe he was chosen to experience the "after-death" realm so he could return and share his story with us. Though he states more than once how difficult it is to translate what he saw and learned into the language and perceptions of mere mortals, he has done a spectacular job trying. I have read many NDE memoirs and this one has to stand as the most credible.

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