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Surviving Death: Evidence of the Afterlife

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  48 reviews
While exploring the evidence for an afterlife, I witnessed some unbelievable things that are not supposed to be possible in our material world. Yet they were unavoidably and undeniably real. Despite my initial doubt, I came to realize that there are still aspects of Nature which are neither understood or accepted, even though their reality has profound implications for un ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Crown Archetype
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Heidi The Reader
Investigative journalist Leslie Kean takes a close look at a wide variety of unexplained phenomena in order to answer the age old question- does human consciousness survive death intact with the memories, personality, and uniqueness that was exhibited in life? I found her evidence astonishing.

Much of her research into near-death experiences (NDEs), I had been exposed to in other books. But, the chapters about children remembering past lives, psychic mediums and physical mediums was entirely new
Shagun G.
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
"Hypeness" Rating: 3.0
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So begins Leslie Keans impeccably researched, page-turning investigation revealing stunning and wide-ranging evidence suggesting that consciousness survives death. Here she continues her examination of unexplained phenomena that began with her provocative and controversial New York Times bestseller UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government O
Erik Graff
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parapsychologists
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: sciences
The issue of personal survival after physical death is a sensitive one involving everyone. Such religious traditions as address the issue disagree as do individuals. The evidence is elusive, interpretations of it widely varying.

I approach the matter with prejudice, agreeing with the old Buddhist tradition that dwelling on such matters is not conducive to what ought most matter. Yet it's noteworthy that some Buddhist traditions do precisely just that.

Kean's book is also prejudiced in the presumpt
If you’ve read a lot of metaphysical books, how much you like this one will probably depend on how much new information you discover, as well as how interested you are in mediumship–-mental, trance and physical. Author Linda Kean starts the book off with the topic of reincarnation, specifically cases involving children who remember past lives. The two main American cases looked at are the James Leininger and Ryan Hammons ones. Also discussed is the work of the late Ian Stevenson and his successo ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
What happens when your two-year old son remembers actual, verifiable names of fellow pilots, technical aircraft details, and the moment the Japanese shot down his plane in the battle for Iwo Jima from his past-life in WWII? What happens when, as a professional, skeptical journalist, you visit a medium and she tells you the most obscure details of your deceased brother's life? What happens when you later ask that deceased brother for a sign that he is really "there" and the next day he sends you ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you've never read a book about afterlife experiences, Surviving Death is a good place to start. Kean devotes a chapter to each kind of afterlife experience -- reincarnation, near-death experience, death-bed visitors etc -- and in each chapter she explores all aspects of cited instances, looking for other possible explanations. This would be a great book for a skeptic to read.

Thank you, Netgalley, for the e-review edition of this book.
Stan James
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I suspect a lot of people will have one of two reactions on reading this book. They'll either roll their eyes and put it down, dismissing it as a bunch of non-scientific hooey, or they'll allow themselves to admit that definitive evidence may be ever-elusive, but that Kean presents a strong set of circumstantial evidence to suggest that consciousness can and does exist outside of the human body, and can therefore exist after death.

Kean breaks the book into sections and devotes chapters to lettin
Sandy Benitez
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I've always wondered, for as long as I can remember, if there is anything beyond physical death. When I spotted this book on Blogging for Books, I knew I had to read it and I was fortunate enough to order the last available print copy for review.

There are some fascinating real life stories and situations in this book that can't be explained rationally. One of the stories I was already familiar with, after watching it on tv a few years ago. This was the story of the young boy who felt he had live
Bryn Dunham
Possibly the most interesting, compelling and fun book about the existence of an afterlife and the survival of consciousness after death I’ve ever read. The author addresses the following: Reincarnation, near death experiences, end of life experiences, after death communication (ghosts, apparitions, paranormal activity), and mediumship.

Real page turner and written for the general reader interested in this topic plus the possible science behind some of it without being overwhelming. Highly recomm
Danielle Livneh
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book provided questions rather than answers- a humbling reminder that there is so much we don't understand about human consciousness and so much that Western science cannot explain. As an atheist with no framework for death besides an absolute and material end, I found this book particularly comforting in the wake of loss. Ultimately this book reminded me we can, and should, question everything we somehow convinced ourselves is fact along the way.
Rachel Wall
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-non-fiction
Listened to this on audio. Much of it I loved and was very interested. Some of it (the medium parts) did not interest me at all. I would only recommend if this subject is one you like to explore.
Maria Ryan
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is There Such a Thing as Death?

An investigative journalist tackles the difficult to swallow theory that consciousness survives the death of the body and that we live on with our conscious awareness, personality, emotions, and memories fully intact after we “die”. In other words, there is no such thing as death.

Through various case studies in reincarnation, out of body experiences (OBE), near death experiences (NDE), and mental and physical mediumship, we see example after example of life surviv
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, ghosts, non-fiction
I was very impressed by this book. Recognizing the instant dismissal that often comes from scientists in regard to attempted explorations of the question of an afterlife, Kean groundswell her impeccably researched work with chapters written by highly credentialed scientists who have spent decades researching and studying death. Kean applies an appropriately skeptical eye to the material, but definitely transitions toward acceptance of statements repeated by each scientist - we may not know WHAT ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I’d be hard pressed to find a better one for a general audience on the reasons we need to take survival research and its findings seriously. In fact, it’s so good, so clear and well-organized, that I’ve read it three times, recommended it to friends and family, and will continue to give it as a special gift to those I think might appreciate its worth. To paraphrase a spiritual teacher I know who read it upon my recommendation and loved it: it has the capacity to change live ...more
Sonja Lopez
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I've always had the interest of life after death, but not only does this book explore life after death, it also explores reincarnation, coming back to life, mediums/psychics (different elements to their abilities), and kinesis (different kinds). This book has many researchers work, not only her work, but works of MDs (Doctor of Medicine), MSW (Master Social Worker), PhDs (Doctor of Philosophy), DLitt (Doctor of Letters), and MS (Master of Science). All these researchers had put their work, in th ...more
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It’s a fair enough read, the part about reincarnations more so than others, but written by a female journalist with an agenda, it is lacking in several areas. There is the typical fallacy of “cherry picking” what she needs to support her agenda and ignoring all else. I picked up on that for the first time when she described the particular case of an out of body experience. A woman whose consciousness supposedly detached from here body enabling here to see several objects she supposedly could not ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book features some fascinating descriptions of unsolved mysteries, including claims of past-life memories and out-of-body experiences. However, I felt particularly skeptical while reading the sections on mediumship for multiple reasons: this field has been historically rife with predators seeking to take financial advantage of grieving people, the author demonstrates strong confirmation bias by focusing on the mediums’ accurate claims (the “hits”) in great detail while minimizing the inaccu ...more
Arnold Baruch
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First the good news: there's life after death and we're all going to....well, somewhere. Seriously, after I had come away from this diligently assembled compendium of historical research and personal experiences of the author, she had just about convinced me. (Although she determinedly sets limits to her conclusions.)

Kean starts out with impressive evidentiary narratives of small children possessed of inexplicable, intimate knowledge of and emotional ,identification with real expired people. Sh
Mary Karpel-Jergic
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: curious, death, paranormal
This is an intriguing book. It needs to be approached with an open mind in order to fully appreciate the range of evidence that Leslie Kean presents. Some of the evidence is phenomenal. However, locating the evidence is one thing - reaching a conclusion is another and in the end you will have to make your own decision.

Even when the evidence seems robust there is nothing to confirm that it is in fact some part of a dead person's consciousness that is what is being witnessed. It is always possible
Laura Hardner
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I really enjoyed the scientific perspective taken in this book. I found the viewpoints of psychologists and neuroscientists to be especially interesting, as I am currently studying cognitive psychology at the undergraduate level.

However, I will say that I found the last section of the book, about physical mediumship, far less interesting than the earlier chapters about mental mediumship, past-life memories, and near-death experiences. I'm not sure what about it made it so unappealing to me. I t
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While a fantastic and persuasive overview of the current literature on survivalist theory, the book ends with enthusiastic support of physical mediumship.

Unfortunately, everything I’ve ever read in the past makes ectoplasm, hovering spirit trumpets, and other effects clearly the work of fraud, skilled magicians and an easily duped sitting circle. Kean’s support for these makes me wonder whether the earlier chapters are filled with just as many logical gaps ... or maybe something really is happen
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The evidences massed in this book is to keep alive the hypothesis of human consciousness surviving after bodily death. If one search broadly on internet, then the falsification cases overwhelms the reader -- see wikipedia entries in general on exposed fraudulent cases. But this is not to prove that all crows are white, just that maybe some are. Hence the cases listed in this book are well-documented and thought-provoking. The implication of rejecting the null hypothesis (that all consciousness d ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
While I initially got chills listening to this book, it became a circus in the last chapter once seances, ectoplasm, and materializations became the topic. The fact that the last person interviewed refused to have his "work" filmed or photographed tells a lot. He's full of it and so is the author for even including him in her book. That immediately dropped my rating down to 3 stars.
Otherwise, it was an interesting read.
And these ghosts are probably all demons anyway.
Yea, I said it!
Andrew Wright
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’ve read a lot about afterlife evidence and this book is one of the best. It’s very readable, considers all the evidence for and against and ultimately delivers the likeliest conclusion..I would highly recommend it to anyone searching for evidence of another ongoing reality

Dr Andrew Wright..GP
Julie Haydu
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is the most boring book about the afterlife I've read. In an attempt to sound scientific the writer literally drains the life out of what should be fascinating information. Mary Roach's Spook is a much better read.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, own
I recieved this from Blogging for Books exchange for an honest review. I've always been interested in past lives and how some people can remember who they were. This book was a great insight into past life remembrance. If you are want to learn more you should give this book a read.
Yong Lai
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad.
Mahrya Q
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
First part of the book was amazing, but then it got really "medium" heavy and I almost stopped reading. Still worth a read, I just wish it had all been like the beginning.
Suzanne  Koestline
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great & Informative

I highly recommend this book to those who aren't afraid of the possibility of life in another dimension. Very exhilarating to read.
Kebby Vincent
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great book with lots of interesting stories from different people. Got a little tedious towards the end though, but I would definitely recommend reading the first 2/3rds!
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