The Body Departed

  • by J. R. Rain
  • Narrated by Peter Berkrot
  • 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

James Blakely is a good man who has done some bad things in his time. So when he’s viciously gunned down in his sleep, he’s faced with a choice: Proceed immediately to an afterlife of eternal damnation or haunt the world of the living in search of redemption - and one last shot at heaven. Now, little more than a flickering shade of the man he was, James spends his days seeking solace from the loved ones he left behind - even as he works furiously to unravel the mystery of his murder. Solving the crime and saving his soul will force James to confront the darkest secrets in his own past. With his memories fading and his ghost body disintegrating, time is running out for him to save himself and leave this earthly plane. The fires of hell are rising, but will they purify James Blakely’s tormented soul - or consume it?


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Customer Reviews

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Had me in tears at the end

This was a very moving story about a man facing his mistakes he had made when young following a violent death and the steps he takes to be able to move on. The narrator was very good at making you aware of the different characters.
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- Debi W.


What made the experience of listening to The Body Departed the most enjoyable?

The story and narration were both good. I liked the approach to death along the lines of What Dreams May Come.

What other book might you compare The Body Departed to and why?

It was similar to Richard Matheson's 1978 book What Dreams May Come.

What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He adds more emotion, as if James is really talking and telling the story to the reader.

If you could take any character from The Body Departed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The spirit who embodies the statue of Christ, who isn't really Christ, so that I could learn secrets of the universe and the meaning behind it.

Any additional comments?

The story told through the eyes of Jacob was heartbreaking. It was hard to listen to how he died.

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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio