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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?

©2013 J.R. Rain (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Great story

I got caught up in this immediately. I hadn't read J R Rain before but the storyline and concept intrigued me. The story is told from the perspective of a murdered man, now a ghost, who needs to work through some things before he feels able to 'move on'. There's quite a bit of religious theory/belief woven into the story but it is mainly focused on the protagonist's wish for atonement and, as he sees it, to save his soul. Loved the ending and the last few chapters brought a lump to the throat. Loved the audio and will be looking for more from this author.

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  • Debi W.
  • 19-08-16

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-03-16

Intriguing

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
  • 23-02-16

Captivating story

I much enjoyed the story and the message it portrays. I think we surely make up some doozies of stories in this life stream thing. Loved it!

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  • Ryan Dart
  • 27-05-17

awesome

this is one of the best stories iv read in a long time well worth it

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  • RubyK
  • 19-12-16

Wow

I started this book this morning and I couldn't stop until the story ended. I loved the story, the performance and the characters.