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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

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." (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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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

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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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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  • William
  • CARMICHAEL, CA, United States
  • 11-20-13

Good story; Bad Ending

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Author takes a valid experience, then extrapolates it into an bizarre far out conclusion.

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  • Lenny
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 11-19-13

Powerful and Inspiring

What made the experience of listening to Proof of Heaven the most enjoyable?

Narration and interesting story

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

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What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

Good narration

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

Many

Any additional comments?

Confirmed my ideas, clarified some. Very good book, especially if you have lost someone dear.

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And now you know!

Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

About the same.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Even Alexander.

What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

I love his accent, but his delivery seems a bit tentative.

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

Well, I hate the title. It sounds so hokey whereas the book is anything but. I'd call it "my journey into what's next"

Any additional comments?

Absolutely fascinating. I bought 6 copies of this to give as gifts. His story is truly amazing. Credible and awe inspiring.

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  • Andy
  • Spring, TX, USA
  • 09-28-13

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

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

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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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.