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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Leininger Narrator: Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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This is the story of James Leininger, who---a little more than two weeks after his second birthday---began having blood-curdling nightmares that just would not stop. When James began screaming out recurring phrases like Plane on fire! Little man can't get out! the Leiningers finally admitted that they truly had to take notice. When details of planes and war tragedies no two-year-old boy could know continued---even in stark daylight---Bruce and Andrea Leininger began to realize that this was an incredible situation.

Soul Survivor is the story of how the Leiningers pieced together what their son was communicating and eventually discovered that he was reliving the past life of World War II fighter pilot James Huston. As Bruce Leininger struggled to understand what was happening to his son, he also uncovered details of James Huston's life---and death---as a pilot that will fascinate military buffs everywhere.

In Soul Survivor, we are taken for a gripping ride as the Leiningers' belief system is shaken to the core and both of these families come to know a little boy who, against all odds and even in the face of true skeptics, harbors the soul of this man who died long ago. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/20/2014

    " The curious tale of a 2-year-old's nightmares and their possible connection to a World War II fighter pilot lost in action made for enjoyable reading once the hired writer hit his stride about 40 pages in. That the married couple took the writing credit, giving their hired hand only a "with" credit, seems a small miscarriage of justice, because it is his third viewpoint and clarity about the family members that make this book readable. Whether you accept the family's reincarnation theory about their son does not really affect the book's value -- at least, it didn't for me. There is little direct corroboration of the things the boy is quoted as having said over the years, so whether this is an extraordinary and remarkable phenomenon, or just another fraud, is impossible to tell from this book alone. A reader may find himself wanting to slap one or the other family member upside the head at times. But their research into the pilots of one particular squadron yielded stories of these veterans of a 1945 battle that were, for me, more interesting even than that of the boy. And very touching, in some cases, including one particularly heart-wrenching episode that would never have come about without the boy's parents having done the intense research they were pursuing. Easy reading; unusual material; valuable memories from 1940s America; recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Gentry | 2/17/2014

    " Reincarnation! Really. This book offers a compelling story of a young boy reliving the trauma of a past life (and death) as a WWII pilot. The implications of such experiences are quite profound and just another example, as Shakespeare's Hamlet said, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rusty Roden | 2/14/2014

    " This book is about my student, James. It is most intriguing, especially ok mowing his very reasonable parents. It really makes you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/12/2014

    " Great book with a very believable perspective on surviving souls! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 2/5/2014

    " Hope is an old soul, so ever since she was about 3 I have been very interested in reincarnation and the history of old souls and what that means. If you have any interests in this area, you should put this on your list to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.S. Gilmore | 1/20/2014

    " The writing could have been better but found the story evocative. For one that has always felt that life is constant this story is hard to refute, although some will find anyway to debunk a two and three year old telling details of a WWII fighter pilot. Names, places and experiences are described by James 3 in a matter of fact way to a mother that is open minded and a father that is entrenched in Christianity needing to find holes in his sons story to prove him wrong. For those that don't believe it might give some thought. For those that do it brings comfort knowing that death is nothing more than leaving and entering a room (or life). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 1/16/2014

    " Not one of my favorites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 1/9/2014

    " Very interesting story that presents a compelling argument for reincarnation. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/31/2013

    " The book was mostly good. Interesting and gave me goosebumps but way way too much boring info. I don't care how skinny the mom was as a dancer. I don't care what kind of cake they had for dad's birthday. blah blah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/24/2013

    " This was a fascinating story despite the horrible writing. I finished it in less than 24 hours. If you set aside the unnecessary fluff about the writer's personal lives, it's worth your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 10/16/2013

    " This book was given to me as a gift by a friend. I enjoyed the first 100 pages. Very fascinating. But the middle of the book had alot of filler. I enjoyed the ending and am curious to know more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra98 | 10/4/2013

    " Loved reading about James' memories of his past life but would have preferred less narrative on the Leininger's woes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 6/11/2013

    " This is the best researched, most compassionate story of past life memory that i have ever read. The treatment of the veterans and their stories are as heart touching as the story of young james. I couldn't put it down once started. It was a joy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 3/28/2013

    " This is a truly amazing story about reincarnation. Incredible read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Pfeffer | 3/11/2013

    " liked the book, would like to do it for middle school book club, but not sure about discussing reincarnation with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/23/2012

    " A great book to me. A mix of WWII history and 2 parents trying to understand how their young son understood so much about Natoma Bay. Well written with facts and emotions both. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 5/26/2012

    " This was quite fascinating. The writing is more like reporting - needed to be for the credibility issue though. It could have made a great story story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kcastro | 5/11/2012

    " An amazing story. I have read a few things about reincarnation. This is by far the best, and most convincing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Moore | 10/17/2011

    " Saw the story line on the TV since reincarnation fascinates me. Looked on my public library site and put the book on hold. Really interesting how he remembered so many details from his past life which could be proven. Really interesting book. Was hard to put down. Read it pretty fast, too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 10/5/2011

    " Amazing, unforgettable true story that made me realize God does work in mysterious ways. I recommend to all my friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 6/30/2011

    " Interesting book I read after seeing the family interviewed on Good Morning America. Not very well written, but well researched and an interesting topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 6/1/2011

    " It is not particularly well written but due to the topic it is a real page turner.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/23/2011

    " liked the book, would like to do it for middle school book club, but not sure about discussing reincarnation with them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mnmom | 4/5/2011

    " I give the story four stars, and the writing one star. So it kind evens out to three. The writer's style gave me a headache. He just mangled an otherwise fascinating account. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/31/2011

    " This is a book that will change how you view life and death. I am still pondering it and trying to put these circumstances in a context that makes sense. Amazing story. I think it could have been put together better, but the basic story is truly remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 1/17/2011

    " Not the best written book, but very intriguing story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 11/26/2010

    " The content was interesting but it was poorly written. There should have been more about the boy and his experiences and less about the parents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/16/2010

    " Really powerful story. A little slow in the beginning but to see it all come together in the end was worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 10/28/2010

    " An amazing account of a young boy who has brought
    memories of his last incarnation into this
    lifetime, and his family's journey toward understanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drews | 10/13/2010

    " The Leiningers wanted to figure out why their son had nightmares almost every day of the week so they did research and talked to their kid about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 8/6/2010

    " Amazing, unforgettable true story that made me realize God does work in mysterious ways. I recommend to all my friends.
    "

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About the Author

Bruce Leininger graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned an MA from Columbia University Graduate School. In 1990 he relocated to Dallas, Texas. There he met and married Andrea Scoggin. Career transitions took them to San Francisco, where their son James was born in 1998. They currently reside in Lafayette, Louisiana. Bruce is currently a busy corporate executive, working as both president of Accelerated Performance Resources, LLC, a human resources consulting company he founded in 2002, and as director of Human Resources for Rotorcraft Leasing Company.

About the Narrator

J. Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Hkis audiobook narrations have garnered nine AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious Audie Awards for Best Narration, besides being a finalist for the Audie Award in 2012 and 2015. Between narrations, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.