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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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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. Too vague for people who're into reading about NDE's, too generalized for anyone who is into Christian/Faith literature, and absent of real science for anyone who was looking for that type of angle pitched on the book cover.

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

This book was basically a long winded anecdote that couldn't stick the landing. For claiming to be a man of science, Eben Alexander is very light on the facts.

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

No, his voice was grading. The book was a slog to get through. Felt like I was stuck conversing with a guy that is just full of himself, and loves to listen to himself talk.

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

Disappointed. The book pitched itself as being a more scientific approach to observing the NDE phenomenon, but ended up just being a forgettable vague statement about family and faith.

Any additional comments?

After completing this book, I still have no proof that heaven exists, but I'm pretty sure Eben Alexander was reincarnated from a snake oil salesman.

Recently, I found out that Eben Alexander had been terminated or suspended from multiple hospital positions, and has been the subject of several malpractice lawsuits, including at least two involving the alteration of medical records to cover up a medical error. This doesn't surprise me, since by his own text, I'd say he has a poor understanding of medical science.

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Worst audio books I've ordered

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

Nothing. Long winded never getting the point story narrated by the author and he does a terrible job. Most talking about himself and his amazing education and ego doctor crap.
So slow it's painful... I could barley get through an hour, a complete waste of time. Should of been a couple hours max... but 6 hours.. are you kidding me???? Terrible.

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

No.. this one is just bad.... I have liked others. Needs to get to the point and keep us there much quicker. You feel like he's finally going to tell us something and then skips all over the place. Terrible writing. The author should never narrate his book. He sounds so boring and unprofessional. It's just a very painful listen. I just had to stop listening so it's very possible I missed something profound. I even kept fast forwarding hoping to get to something interesting. Not well done at all. I'm sure he meant well, we want to hear of your wonderful experience. I'm sure it's there. This books needs a re-wirte and better narrator. But doctors are so full of themselves... that won't happen.

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

Absolutely nothing. He should hire a true professional narrator

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

The actual experience if he would just stay there sounds wonderful

Any additional comments?

Wish I never paid for this book

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Thank you for sharing

Your experience and knowledge of what you describe has answered many questions about my own experiences.

Thank you

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Not for serious seekers

I consume a lot of audiobooks and realized I'd only been reviewing books that I felt were worth the commentary, and had been ignoring the ones I'm kind of embarrassed about.
Which is a disservice to other members who, like me, often rely on reviews to help me decide what to download.

In my younger years I was fascinated with NDE's, and a recent experience a friend told me about made me want to revisit the literature to see what was new. Alexander's account looked promising, so I downloaded it on a whim.
It's interesting enough, but nothing distinguishes it from other NDE's--his claim that his brain was dead has been refuted and the truth is, he could have experienced everything during his reboot when he came out of his coma. And the fact that he calls himself a neuroscientist throughout the book (surgeons and scientists are two very different things in my mind) also put me off. There is nothing in this book that remotely "proves" there is an afterlife.

So while I would love to believe his account and hope it's true, I can't recommend this book to anyone who is seriously searching for answers.

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This skeptical believer found it convincing.

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

I always enjoy for the most part hearing the author's own words as it tells me sometimes what is important to the author and helps me determine the authenticity of the work. I felt a sense of wonder from Alexander in his retelling and an authenticity to his experience.I am a believer but a skeptical one of the the other side. Alexander had everything to lose writing such a book and I suspect his professional stature has been battered with this retelling of his experiences. When someone puts his/her reputation on the line, when someone challenges his/her own accepted beliefs, when someone steps outside of his/her own comfort zone and risks ridicule and rejection, it lends credence for me to the telling of their "truth". Eban Alexander does all of these here.The story is an easy listen and at times seems almost magical in its retelling but then would not a visit to the "other side" be magical to anyone? I enjoyed the book and it further enhanced my efforts to explore this "other side", its existence and its experiences. I found a certain synchroncity with other NDE experiences but again it had surprises.

This book does not answer all your questions; but it does offer a glimpse of his experiences and creates even more questions, at least for me, to explore.I highly recommend it.

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This Book had really open my eyes

Where does Proof of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 1st book

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

This is a very interesting book, it help me understand some situations that I am currently leaving in my family. in addition to revitalize my faith in people.

Which scene was your favorite?

The favorite scene is the awakening of the author "the Photo" and the poem that comes with it. I have repeatedly listen to it in order to revive it.

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

Sure Did. It was quite motivational and I had times of pure joy

Any additional comments?

Love it and review it some time next year again

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The best book I have read/listen to on Heaven

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

It was not just a Bio but it was easy to listen/read as far as relating to what is heaven like. He told about questions he had and answers that made sense. I fully recommend this book to everyone. A have to for persons/ relatives of dying.

What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

Everything the way the story was laid out didn't seem just like a bio like some others that I read

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

The Truth of Heaven

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I believe him :)

What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

I loved his description of moving between the levels while in his brain dead state

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

His account of what happened while he was away was very complelling and rang of truth

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

n/a

Any additional comments?

While I think his experience was real and I even believe he went to heaven, I have some questions about his interprutation and his reaction to that information now that he is back. He asked questions that were important to him, but I would have had some other questions as well.

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Perspective means everything - a very good book

This is a fascinating story told well by the author, a neurosurgeon. I completely believe that this was his experience and his truth but from a neurophysiology perspective there are many issues left unasked and unanswered. A great book to stimulate discussion on things that we may never have the answer to.

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  • joe
  • NASHVILLE, TN, United States
  • 03-07-13

Looking for a good NDE book? This aint it.

Would you try another book from Eben Alexander and/or Eben Alexander?

Eben says in his reading of the book that he has gone in deeper into the death than ‘anyone’ before him and came back to tell us all of what comes next. To be a messenger of the profound and ...blah.

I found his book to be like eating a pancake with no syrup. No visuals worth the price of admission. No profound truths or interesting heavenly stories. I had now sense of wonder at all listening to this book. I just sat there, eating my dry pancake, and listening to the chief tell me how wonderful and important it was.

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

he could have made a much more solid attempt at a visual description or at the very least tell us the answers to some of the questions he was asking God...or OM as he calls Him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The only 2 scenes worth anything are a scene of him fling over a countryside that was heaven abd the descriptions of what he calls the Worms Eye View. Which I still cannot figure out what it is. At first it seems like hell then it just seems like limbo.

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

Sadness... sad to hear that of all the really good stories about life after death that wont be committed to film and this one will. It will make for a very boring movie.

Any additional comments?

Look for better books. Maybe a doctor might like this book, but unless you have never read about the subject before, you wont find this book stirring at all. I am sorry that his family went though so much pain watching him die like he did, but if you are going to put a book out there and claim that you have gone deeper and and can better describe what comes next than all previous books, you’d better deliver the good. The author fails in this, and fails badly.

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