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Ex-Heroes Audiobook

Ex-Heroes

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Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

Now, a year later, the Mighty Dragon and his companions must overcome their differences and recover from their own scars to protect the thousands of survivors sheltered in their film studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. The heroes lead teams out to scavenge supplies, keep the peace within the walls of their home, and try to be the symbols the survivors so desperately need. For while the ex-humans walk the streets night and day, they are not the only threat left in the world, and the people of the Mount are not the only survivors left in Los Angeles. Across the city, another group has grown and gained power. And they are not heroes.

©2010 Peter Clines (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Serene Night 01-27-16 Member Since 2003
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    "Boring, multi-voice narrative"

    I'm not sure what I was expecting but I just could not get into this. The main character is talking about vomiting up fire, and while I guess some superheros do that I'm not sure it is very entertaining. I just didn't get engrossed in this, which is too bad, I don't mind a good superhero story. It also was odd to have the male narrator narrate and then have the female narrator pitch in. It made the story seem disjointed.

    Not my thing I guess.

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    MutantMonster 01-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome! A wild concept executed with style"

    You wouldn't think this concept would work. it sounds stunt-y and like the cash-in idea of a hack. "Gee these two things are popular, let's crap out some schlock."
    But then you read it. And the heroes are human and complicated, the setting unique and creative, the prose fun and alive. The story isn't about superheroes vs zombies. It's about hope vs fear. Highly recommended, can't wait to read this whole series.

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    R. D. 01-21-16
    R. D. 01-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I have listened to it twice now."

    Great story! Zombies and superheroes... what more could you ask for? However, I think that Zap could have done more.

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    undrwo 01-10-16
    undrwo 01-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "not nearly as good as his other work"

    I was seduced over to this book by 14 and the Fold, and I was very disappointed. In Ex-Heroes, Peter Clines tries to go for this comic-book-feel motif that involves a lot of graphic sexualization of the female characters. I ended up googling the author to make doubly sure it was the same man who brought us the indomitable Veek, one of my favourite protags of all time. I mean, I hate to hate this book, and I hate that it's turning me into this kind of reviewer, but if I had to hear one more time about the shape of the love interest's various body parts underneath her tightly stretched spandex...

    The artistic point he was trying to make was totally lost for me in terms of how alienating it was to read. I'm going to stick to his other books.

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    Marcie Guildford, United Kingdom 12-24-15
    Marcie Guildford, United Kingdom 12-24-15

    Not Guildford! NYC, and damn proud of it. My mother's tongue used to cleave to the roof of her mouth from reading to me, now i pay others.

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    "Bang, ZOOM, BOP!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is NOT my genre. I bought this book on a whim because I so enjoyed 14 and I needed something to keep my attention. I really, really enjoyed listening to this as much as the author appears to have enjoyed writing it. The characters are wonderful, superhereos novel. All in all very enjoyable and worth a listen. Oh yeah and SO much better than that incredible snoozer Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 12-18-15
    Joseph 12-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Annoying female narrator"

    almost made me stop listening by the 5th chapter. Story was decent, but this is one you'll want to read, not listen to.

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    "Fun fusion of heroes and ZA"
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    Fun romp that kept up a nice pace. Good enough explanations w/o getting too bogged down. A bit disappointed with main antagonist/Boss.
    Considering consuming follow-up books which rarely happens for me.

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    Sara FORT WAYNE, IN, United States 12-03-15
    Sara FORT WAYNE, IN, United States 12-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Definitely not 14 or The Fold"

    I wish I had read the reviews before I purchased this audiobook. It kept coming up in "recommended for you" suggestions. Whoever wrote that logarithm does not read the books, clearly.

    I have a passing interest in superheroes at best, but I thought this book was shallow in its content. Lots of action, to be sure, but I found that very hard to follow. I grew weary of the randy jibes and bravado. The chapter jumps between "now" and "then" which was also difficult to follow. I found myself being easily distracted. Not my cup of tea.

    I'm thinking that if you like graphic novels, "Ex-Heroes" would probably appeal to you.

    I absolutely love "The Fold" and "14", but "Ex-Heroes" is not of the same quality, in my opinion. I will just have to wait patiently for Clines' next non-Ex book.

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    Timothy D. Williamson San Francisco, CA 12-01-15
    Timothy D. Williamson San Francisco, CA 12-01-15 Member Since 2015

    Believer

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    "Kapow, Whack, Thud, Boom boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is good for people who like old comics


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    Not in this style


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Is there a plot in a continous series of fights and explosions? I like guy movies, but this takes it to a B movie straight to video type of endeavor.


    What character would you cut from Ex-Heroes?

    All of them that have supernatural powers


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Amazon Customer SANTA MONICA, CA, United States 12-01-15
    Amazon Customer SANTA MONICA, CA, United States 12-01-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm Awesome!!

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    "love it!"

    loved it. kept me on my the edge of my seat! great voices and story twist. I'm looking forward to another book like it.

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    Hinckley, United Kingdom
    6/2/12
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    "Ex-citing, Ex-traordinary, Ex-tremely entertaining"

    If you like the Zombie genre, are open to super heroes and alternative universes this is the book for you.
    I loved it, the Super heroes are well thought out and have all the classic powers, and a few that are rather different. The zombie issue has more imagination than most zombie novels making it more realistic and has a great final origin twist.
    Ex-Heroes is well paced and full of action with just the right amount of humor. Mr Clines has written a well thought out, entertaining tale, combining two great genres of modern day writing.
    Then getting Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam, to take you to Clines besieged Hollywood Lot and infected LA with their remarkable acting and story telling techniques is a stroke of genius. All of Clines exciting characters spring to life from the speaker. St George (Brilliant idea,) is voiced so you know he's a cool hero and a nice guy. With Stealth a sexy mysterious genius leader and Lady Bee leaving a mans blood pressure up. The whole narration of this brilliant novel leaves you with a desire to hear more, more, more.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    10/12/12
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    "Really Enjoyable"

    I am a big fan of the Walking Dead and Science Fiction in general, this is why I was attracted originally. The story is set in L.A the not so distant future, millions are infected by a virus that has turned them into flesh eating Zombies. The heroes battle daily along side the non infected for survival and there are some great heroes in this tale. A gripping story line well narrated with great characters.They could turn this into movie and I would really like a sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wictor
    Kallered, Sweden
    12/23/12
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    "Good and enjoyable"

    Granted you like like superheroes and/or zombies you'll like this release. It's quite humorous at times and a nice mixture of genres. The characters have interesting backgrounds (how they got their superpowers etc) and the narrative works really well and the obligatory final battle contains an interesting twist or two.

    The two narrators are also doing a very good job. All in all a good buy, if you ask me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Garner
    Bristol UK
    12/23/12
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    "different take on the zombie world"

    As I do do a lot of travelling , audio-books are an essential part of my travel kit. its nice occasionally to hear something a little bit different and slightly off centre . mixing two genres is difficult at best but is done with skill and with obvious affection for the leading characters, enjoyed this and the follow up immensely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Godstone, United Kingdom
    1/11/16
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    "I hate myself for liking this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I certainly would but not it's not for everyone. However if you like super powers zombies and a certain childish but endearing slant on sex and sexuality, this is the book/series for you.


    What three words best describe Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s voice?

    Hmmm I'm not sure. I really wasn't a big fan of having two narrators in this format. Although either would have been fine on their own, the dialogue between the two was obviously recorded at different times so the interplay seems more suited to a bad soap opera.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I made the mistake of listening to the first ten minutes inn a lunch break then spent the rest of the day irritated that I couldn't hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the dialogue between the male and female narrators is stilted, it is only a minor annoyance and I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who likes the fantasy/horror/sci-fi genre. If on the other hand you are more fond of the works of Jane Austin, Emily Bronte or indeed anything which requires even the slightest use of the brain or higher emotions, then this may not be the best choice for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle Moore
    Dartford, United Kingdom
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    "Loved it!"

    Peter Clines is my new favourite author, after listening to 14 and now Ex-Heroes. This is the 1st book in a series, and I can't wait to get stuck into the next!

    Not only has LA been taken over by zombies, but a while before, people started to discover superpowers. These new superheroes are now helping to protect a group of humans from the zombies, and a nasty gang.

    The heroes are all brand new, and well thought out, and as the book progresses we get to know a lot more about them, as well as how the 'zombie invasion' came about.

    The writing is clear and easy to follow, and it's so easy to picture this as a film or mini-series. In fact, I'm amazed it's not been snapped up already!

    A note about the narration - some of the chapters give the backstory of a female character, and these are read by a female narrator. In other chapters though, the bulk is read by the male narrator, with the female speaking just female line. This is a little unusual at first, but soon sounds quite natural - if you find it off-putting, give it time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brenhden
    Bristol, UK
    12/28/16
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    "Great book."
    What made the experience of listening to Ex-Heroes the most enjoyable?

    The best thing about this book is the way it combines action and back story.


    What other book might you compare Ex-Heroes to, and why?

    Sticking with the super hero theme you could compare this to The Watchmen although it's not so bleak.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The story gets better and better so the ending is really good.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some great twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stefan
    Hisings-Backa, Sweden
    2/3/15
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    "A nice take on the zombie apocalypse."

    This is one book where the narration adds an extra layer to the story itself. No spoliers from me, just listen to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. M. Hughes
    Bristol, UK
    12/12/14
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    "An interesting take on Zombie Apocalypse"
    Would you try another book written by Peter Clines or narrated by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

    I have to say, although the subject matter has been done time and time again in books and TV, this version gave it a bit of a twist by introducing Heros - reminding me a bit of "First of the North star" for those of you who know your Manga. I would read another for a bit of fun / mindless entertainment, but not top of the list.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was dramatic and about what you expect from the way the story was set up.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not listened to any others.


    Did Ex-Heroes inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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