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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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  • Rudolph
  • BLYTHEVILLE, AR, United States
  • 01-30-13

VERY GOOD\EXCELLENT

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

Very good

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The fact that he entered into heaven and was very sublime with where he was!

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

NO

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable listening.

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Amazing story - a must read for all.

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

I've never read the print version. I'm lazy - and I also like to listen while driving.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well Eben Alexander of course. The fact that he is a scientific professional who had this experience is just more proof of the fact that our life here on earth is not the end. Whether you call it heaven or another realm of consciousness, I think it's all the same. And I think if more people would listen and believe this it would give them peace and understanding and maybe make them want to make this life better.

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

Himself

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

I would have liked to, but didn't have the time. I did finish it within two or three days though.

Any additional comments?

Read it!

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Proof of an Incredible Experience

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

Top

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

Being an autobiographical account of his life, the best character in this book was the author himself. I also enjoyed the behind the scenes accounts of his family, friends, and medical personnel. The reader met each character in his life with personal, relevant detail.

Any additional comments?

The author's rich voice takes the reader on a journey of his personal Near Death Experience (NDE), as if it were unfolding before our eyes. If you are a believer, this will help you solidify your thoughts about the process. If you are not, it is still a very thought provoking book on the subject of NDE and for me, a very interesting introduction to the subject I'd heard quite a bit about. Sometimes a little too rich in medical detail in an attempt to "prove" why he was not hallucinating, I found that overall this was an excellent book and worth while purchase.

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Not what you would expect

Save your money and your time with this book. It is not at all what you would expect it to be from the title or the narrative about the book. It's more of an autobiography fromthis doctor - his career and family - and an explanation of what he recalls from deep within his psyche while being in a coma - and the physical and mental after-affects. NOWHERE in the book did he ever talk about the hereafter or having been there - only what his injured brain conjured up while he was asleep. And some of his descriptions are beyond ludicrous. I'm a religious person, but I had to force myself to listen to the entire thing. Just awful.

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  • Benjamin
  • APO, AP, United States
  • 01-26-13

Agnostic scientific type? Read this!!!

What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

The author's method of describing his own agnosticism before his experience, his personal beliefs as a neurosurgeon, and his transformation after were incredible.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author describes how he believes that there was only one possible explanation for his experience is very compelling. As a fairly scientific minded person, I can say that this book was the most convincing story I have ever read on spiritualism.

Any additional comments?

Please read this book if you are someone who has been finding yourself believing more and more the scientific gospel against God. This book helped instill some spiritualism that I was losing.

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  • Jennie
  • Florence, MA, United States
  • 01-23-13

Great in some parts

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

Yes

What three words best describe Eben Alexander’s performance?

genteel, well spoken, southern gentleman

Did Proof of Heaven inspire you to do anything?

Thought Provoking

Any additional comments?

Mr. Alexander's comments and connections to his experience and science were eye opening. The story of his life around it did not seem quite the same.

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  • Ann
  • Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States
  • 01-22-13

Allows you to follow him to the other side

If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

Calming, intriguing, clear

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

That his sister was the butterfly

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved when he saw dogs there.

Any additional comments?

Loved the narrator. Voice was perfect to follow on this journey. I was actually lying on my stomach getting a tattoo on my back. I listened to the entire book at once. Kept me interested and relaxed. Perfect choice.

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Excellent and Fascinating !!!

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

Absolutely. A refreshing book on a NDE that sounds quite believable. Would have been more believable if the author had been an atheist or an agnostic, but it is still pretty good.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It just comes across as an honest account of what he experienced.

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

Himself.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I was profoundly thankful the author did not use any scriptural reference from any major religion and spoil the authenticity of the book.

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A good story. Most of it held my interest.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book, it's comforting and reinforces what some already know or believe.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I felt like some of the story about the authors background did not relate to the message he was trying to convey. Some details were not of interest and I didn't see how they related to the message.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Eben Alexander?

Maybe

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe

Any additional comments?

Overall it was a good book.

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This Will Make You Think

Near Death Experiences are fairly common, and written accounts of them are seemingly everywhere these days. Most of them are similar, and while they seem to be as life-changing as they should be, reading such accounts typically don't do much for me because I feel like I have no common frame of reference.

This one's different. Not only is this offered firsthand by a neurosurgeon who can put a scientific perspective on everything, it's offered in such a way that the emotional context is there as well. The result is something geniune and mind-opening, offered to both believer and skeptic alike from the standpoint of someone who was predestined not to believe in anything past brain death, but experienced it all the same and was forced to confront it from the perspective of a scientist. I'm still trying to process it myself, but it's definitely worth the listen for those so inclined. It might prompt you to re-evaluate your own life and redefine what's truly important, and it just might leave you with a little peace of mind, regardless of what else you take from it.