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Ex-Purgatory | [Peter Clines]

Ex-Purgatory

When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.
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Publisher's Summary

The fourth novel in Peter Clines' best-selling Ex series.

When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

Then one day as he’s walking from one fix-it job to the next, a pale girl in a wheelchair tells George of another world, one in which civilization fell to a plague that animates the dead…and in which George is no longer a glorified janitor, but one of humanity’s last heroes. Her tale sounds like madness, of course. But as George’s dreams and his waking life begin bleeding together, he starts to wonder - which is the real world, and which is just fantasy?

©2014 Peter Clines (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Hassan 01-15-14
    Hassan 01-15-14 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Didn't Expect This!!"

    If you here you know how these books usually start, there is a Then and Now through the book and you get to know one of the heroes' past. But here its different.

    When you start this book you will be a bit confused, I certainly was, and I couldn't understand what was happening (which is great, its boring when you figure it out early in the book) and when i got to the point where all looked clear... well.. you still get shocked afterwards.

    Ex-Purgatory was written in a different approach and actually that was one of its pros, its ending was good and twists are always there...

    Cons: Narrator.. Jay Snyder is a good narrator, and he did a good job as always.... But where are the others?? I liked the combo of narrators as in the past books... it doesn't always work when you have different narrators for a single book, but in this series it works well... so ya guys, bring them back in the next book.

    So go ahead, change is good, and you will like this addition!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 01-16-14
    Laura 01-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "a little different - BUT I LOVED IT!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Based on the previous books, I don't really know where else Clines could have gone with the story and in typical fashion, there are assumptions you make early on that are .... assumptions! I would say stick with it, but if you are like me, Clines writing makes it impossible to do anything else.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Charles BOERNE, TX, United States 01-18-14
    Charles BOERNE, TX, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great change of pace!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved it! Yes I would recommend.


    Any additional comments?

    Only thing I missed was the additional voice actors. I missed hearing Captain Freedom and Stealth. Don't get me wrong Jay Snyder is good, but we were spoiled before with the othe audio presentations.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 01-15-14
    Michael New Orleans, LA 01-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Jumping into the Abyss without a net!"

    If you follow my reviews, it's no secret that I'm a Clines fan. Hands down, this author is the real deal when it comes to his genre, and he manages to take the series to new levels with each writing.

    But does he do it again in "Ex-Purgatory?" Is he firing on all cylinders? Has he still got game?

    You bet.

    Look, if Clines stumbles in his writing, you'll hear from me first. Just look at my last two reviews on sub-par work from lesser authors. I'm not afraid of readers putting dislikes on my audiobook reviews. It's my review, and good or bad, the truth will out.

    But, I'm happy to say, Clines is growing as an author. This time out, he's twisting both the storyline and perspective. It's got a prequel opening for a particular hero that I always felt was lost in in the backdrop at the beginning of the series. Now we have the opportunity to see this , and it spins into a LOST feel. Think flashbacks, twists, and a few reality shifts. Still, he manages to balance his dystopian superhero apocalypse in the listener's favor.

    This is a departure from his typical writing. Authors, and especially their publishers, are apprehensive to change style and direction mid-stream in a series, because the old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." becomes the rule of the day. However, if done right, such a departure can make a series better for the journey. Such a move can be dicey - It's a leap into the abyss without a net, and a halfway attempt can ruin a series just as easily as a strong effort can strengthen it.

    Clines jumps into the abyss, and it looks like the net wasn't needed. He still offers solid characterization, good story lines, and an enjoyable journey. Now, is this his best in the series? No, I don't think so, and this is due to the changes. Also, the narrator is okay, but I wanted a bit more. This is a departure from the multiple host of narrators previously used in this series, which I particularly prefer. But should you miss out on this audiobook? Definitely not, dear Audible listener. It's still worth your cherished Audible credit.

    Am I going to provide spoilers, or giveaway what happens? If you think so, then you DEFINITELY haven't read my reviews. And I KNOW my reviews gets dislikes because of this. Still, I have to go with my gut in favor of the author. Why spoil it for you?

    So, just like Clines, leap out into the Abyss without a net. Acquire this good next audiobook in the series.

    And like Clines, you won't need the net.




    45 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Oregon City, OR, United States 01-21-14
    Ron Oregon City, OR, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2006
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    "A wonderful twist on a great series."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ex-Purgatory to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unique nature of this chapter in the EX series. I really can't say much without spoiling the story, however Peter Clines has taken we readers for a new "ride".


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

    Jay is one of the very best narrators, however this chapter in the series would have been better with the original cast of narrators. Please bring back the full cast for the next book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think, which is rare these days.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Mr. Clines for another brilliant chapter in your EX series. Can't wait for the next EX.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David 04-01-15
    David 04-01-15 Member Since 2012

    Indiscriminate Reader

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    "Groundhog day for Saint George"

    The fourth book in Peter Clines's superhero/zombie apocalypse series at first made me think he'd run out of ideas and so was writing a prequel novel. George Bailey, formerly known as the Mighty Dragon and then Saint George, is now a mundane janitor in a pre-zombie apocalypse L.A.?

    Things are not what they seem. It may be a bit spoilery, but we've already seen supervillains in this series who can mess with your head, so just think of movies like the Matrix and Inception. Barry (aka "Zap"), the resident SF geek, is quick to make that comparison explicitly once the heroes get together and start figuring it out. The plot was fairly clever, and so with several red herrings, there are multiple layers to unravel, enough to make the reader as well as the characters begin to doubt what's real.

    Captain Freedom, Saint George, Stealth, Corpse Girl, Zap, and Cerberus all feature prominently in this latest book in a series that doesn't look like it's ending any time soon. I've enjoyed all the Ex-Heroes books as the rather silly entertainment they are; Clines's writing is still not spectacular (the battles are getting really repetitive, I'm sick of Stealth always "crossing her arms," and I'm actually just sick of Stealth and her grimdark Batman-with-boobs schtick in general) but so far he has not exhausted the story potential of his world. I do hope, however, that he actually takes the series somewhere with a resolution, rather than just continuing it as long as the well can be pumped.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward 01-30-14
    Edward 01-30-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Need more of this Series ASAP!"
    Where does Ex-Purgatory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to all the books in this series so far and they have all exceeded my expectations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ex-Purgatory?

    When the reader finally gets shown the entire "mystery". I had about 80% of it figured out, but the final reveal was unexpected.


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

    Jay is a great narrator, and initially, I did miss the additional supporting cast, but after a while I just got used to it. I would still like to see future EX series books with the full cast though


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not really, but for me, the mark of a good audio book is one that I want to keep on listening to until it's finished. this has only happened a few times with me, and the Ex Series is one of these.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent Book, Excellent Performance, Excellent Value. This is a good continuation of the development of the characters. I will definitely be getting the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rich san jose, CA, United States 01-16-14
    rich san jose, CA, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2011

    Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.

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    ""St. George, the Mighty""
    Where does Ex-Purgatory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No less than 9.5 out of ten. This is a quality audiobook, narrated by a top shelf pro.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ex-Purgatory?

    St. George and Stealth, the ravishing runway model and avenging ninja, are at a bar waiting for that scientist to show up. After throwing down the wadded up tissue in his nose .... you will know why when you start listening .... St. George opened up a family sized can of woop ass in the most one sided show of sack since Darth Vader, from the comfort of his personal planet crusher - the Death Star - telepathically vice gripped across the galaxy and fatally choked out that incompetent, rat faced Imperial vice admiral guy live on view screen.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Jay Snyder is a narrator of the first water. Peter Clines made the narrator's job a lot easier by writing a book with a bunch of great lines. I lost count of how many different ways Clines described what happened when St. George's fist impacted a zombie's rib cage or skull. His pacing kept the story flowing very well. He hit the right notes throughout. A solid audiobook got great very quickly because of Jay Synder.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A moment that particularly moved me was when St. George, after smashing two deadun's heads together, "like two pinballs...." brushed another post-living fool's teeth fragments out of his shirt sleeve and then drove his fist through the gummer's face, his knuckles breaking out the back of the skull. The cherry on top was Clines' post impact statement, "the sound could only be described as pulpy." I could go on and on retelling other particularly moving moments, but this one somehow stood out.


    Any additional comments?

    I bet 1.5 bazillion people will purchase this audiobook. In my humble opinion, I think this one is tops in the series, with the others close behind. Hey Peter Clines, I know you have at least 7 - 8 more books for this series in that brilliantly f....ked up dome of yours. Keep them coming!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shams elgin, il, United States 01-23-14
    Shams elgin, il, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome story, but loss of voice actors jarring"

    This was a great addition to the Ex world. The story is top notch, and fits great into the series. My only complaint is the loss of the other voice actors. I really enjoyed the different actors in the previous 3 and so losing them was very disheartening. Jay Snyder does a good job, but I wish they kept the rest of the cast. Freedom and Stealth don't have the same feel without their original voice actors. Hopefully they return in the next iterations.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    David 01-25-14
    David 01-25-14
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    "Voice Changes"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ex-Purgatory to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked that the main voice actor (Jay Snyder) was kept, but I missed the additional voice actors from the previous books. The multiple voice actors really made the series stand out, and I missed Khristine Hvam, and Mark Boyett. Voices really do make a huge difference.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like audio books to keep all of the same cast if they can, it's very distracting when the voices are different from the previous book, and quite honestly I really loved the way the previous books had multiple voice actors.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "good narration story weakest so far"
    What did you like most about Ex-Purgatory?

    Explored some more of the back stories and silk retained the same humour throughout


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    stealth and it was good to hear more about her background


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    spoiler alert meeting stealhs dad


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    dadno particularly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe Vaughan
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    "Story not bad but solo-narration lets it down."
    What made the experience of listening to Ex-Purgatory the most enjoyable?

    The idea to do a "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" type back-story/alternative story focused on St. George is good and for the most part works (not as strong as the other books but still a good read) the fact that it's only narrated by Jay Snyder (who, as usual, does an excellent job of course) really detracts from the listen. I can understand why the decision was taken to only voice with Snyder as the St. George narration takes up 80% of the book so why would you pay for 4 voice actors when you're only going to use a fraction of the time of 3 of them. But that other 20% (as a listener) suffers greatly by not having that rich cast of voices from the other books. Put another way, if this book was the first I'd listened to in the series I don't know that it would have captured me enough to bring me back for the others. As a fan who's listened to the other 3 books and loved them, this book was a serious let-down as a consequence. I'd almost have preferred to read it and imagine the voices as they've been played out in the other books. Please, please, please don't skimp on the voice actor budget next time and get the whole crew back together otherwise I'm pretty confident you'll kill the interest of the fan base (or me at least).


    What three words best describe Jay Snyder’s voice?

    Insufficient for All


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • matthew
    Hope Valley, United Kingdom
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    "A great series. Just not on par though!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story line lacks action compared to the previous books in the series. Jay Snyder is an outstanding narrator and I would recommend most books he is featured in.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    Yes I have listened to all of this series of books and they are great. I can recommend them all. This book is still worth a listen or read but it is just not quite as good as the others in the series.


    What does Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Jay Snyder is outstanding. My favourite narrator by far. The day by day Armageddon series is insane. He brings tension and the ability to immerse yourself in the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Unfortunately disappointment. It just didn't have enough action in it. Great idea but lacked something the other books had. I think the title gave it away to much.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend the rest of the series and any book by jay Snyder. The second book in the series is by far my favourite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    4/30/14
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    "Different,but good different"
    If you could sum up Ex-Purgatory in three words, what would they be?

    St George centric


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    85% of this story involves St George, and thats no bad thing, but you do miss Zzzzaps witty, almost sidekick role. Although St George as a character easily carries the story along.


    What aspect of Jay Snyder’s performance might you have changed?

    Jay Snyder IS St George, I'd feel cheated if anyone else other than he took on this role


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

    The first third was a little slow going, but after this it canters along at a fair pace


    Any additional comments?

    Jay Snyders narration is excellent, although id have liked to have the additional narrators of the first 3 books to have continued their roles, you just get used to certain voices for certain characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
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    2/27/14
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    "Not quite as action packed as previously"
    Where does Ex-Purgatory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is good mind bending perspective with the whole agent Smith reveal. But felt like an infiller episode to me compared to the usual Heroes exploits. It has been my experience that female writers tend to hold onto characters long past there due date and are reluctant to kill them off. But with male writers they go out in a blaze of glory and their death has meaning or saves another with purpose. I would always expect any of these Heroes deaths to save many or protect another from certain DOOM.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ST George is the mighty Dragon. Who else rules the mount?


    What does Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Again, the voice of power and deep resonation that breaths life into these mighty characters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Minds shifted, reality altered the heroes battle on.


    Any additional comments?

    Bring the robot back and give Captain Freedom more honor. Make the next installment more on the ground with plenty of worth to the corpse girl to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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