The Physics of the Dead

  • by Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by Luke Smitherd
  • 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What do the dead do when they can't leave...and don't know why?
The afterlife doesn't come with a manual. In fact, Hart and Bowler (two ordinary but dead men) have had to work out the rules of their new existence for themselves. It's that fact (along with being unable to leave the boundaries of their city center, unable to communicate with the other lost souls, unable to rest in case The Beast catches up with them) that makes getting out of their situation a priority. But Hart and Bowler don't know why they're there in the first place; if they ever want to leave, they will have to find all the answers to be able to understand the physics of the dead.
What are the strange, glowing objects that pass across the sky? Who are the living people surrounded by a blue glow? What are their physical limitations in that place, and have they fully explored the possibilities of what they can do?
Time is running out. Their afterlife was never supposed to be this way, and if they don't make it out soon, they're destined to end up like the others. Insane, and alone forever....
In this creepy, mysterious debut novel from the author of the Amazon number-one best seller The Stone Man, the richly-built world of The Physics of the Dead will slowly draw you in with an icy grip until you are left gasping.


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Unique Vision of Life, Death, Regret, Loss, & Hope

I can almost guarantee there is no other book like, "Physics of the Dead". On the surface, it is a story of two men trapped in an afterlife they don't understand. Where are they? Why are they there? Most importantly, is there any chance they can get out?

Beneath that story is the true brilliance of this book. You learn about these men. You feel what they feel--bored, lost, sad, scared, and alone. They only have each other to help pass the time and how long will that be? Forever? They don't know and neither do we.

There is an incredibly written story about a train ride that will make you understand the utter desperation of these men. It may also make you ache with compassion and wince at the agony felt by the man on the train. This train ride puts you into the mind and body of the man and you will feel his pain as he tries to hold on just a little longer.

This is a story of friendship. It is also a mystery of sorts, as they try to figure out where they are and if there is any way out. There are agonizing moments in this book, but there are also beautiful, life-affirming moments that show us what it really means to be human--even if you're dead.

I highly recommend this book. It tells us there are always consequences to our actions, but, more importantly, there is always hope to change and rise above our circumstances. And, whether you are alive or dead, having a friend who understands and loves you is priceless.
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- JoanneG


The Physics of the Dead was absolutely spellbinding. Smitherd creates characters you come to know and love, and although this book starts off more slowly than his others, it was completely worth the wait.

Although many authors should stay away from narrating their own books, Smitherd does it beautifully. He's mastered the pacing and emotion of each scene, and his production quality is top-notch. This was nine hours of my time that was very well spent and I am now going through a sad withdrawal period because it's over. :(
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- Dawnzilla "Dawn"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2016
  • Publisher: Flying Body Press