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Ex-Purgatory Audiobook

Ex-Purgatory

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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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    Charles USA 04-13-16
    Charles USA 04-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Once More"

    Another great listen from Clines. I am a self-confessed massive fan of his work, but I do like to think that I am capable of writing an unbiased review. Fortunately that isn't necessary here.

    Some may find it horrifying, but I actually enjoyed this installment more than the previous ones. It shows growth as an author and, quite frankly, a better command of plot. It wasn't nearly as predictable either; in the past that was something that needed to be overcome to fully enjoy the listen.

    I know some folks were sad that it was just Snyder narrating, but I felt he did a great job. It just wasn't what we have been used to with the series. Happy to report they return to the multi-narrator method in the next book.

    In any case, a great listen once more. Well worth your time and credit.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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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!

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    Charles 01-18-14
    Charles 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.

    18 of 22 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.




    53 of 68 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.


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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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 03-20-16
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 03-20-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Didn't Want It To End"

    I have enjoyed many urban fantasy series and this one, with all the elements I love---zombies (Ex's) with zombie gore, superheroes, really bad guys, and especially a location of Los Angeles that's totally realistic, replete with inside pop culture references.
    I got so caught up with the characters---the descriptive writing fleshed out what could have been just cardboard superheroes. Loved all the mysteries of time and reality woven into a very exciting story.
    At first, I was a bit disappointed by only one narrator, but Jay Snyder does a terrific job, nevertheless.
    Really, really sorry there's only one more book in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki 04-13-14
    Nikki 04-13-14
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    "This series has stalled out!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book does not feel to be part of the series. The storyline wanders away from the zombie reality into a dream world.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am ready to start a new series.


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

    This was read very nice. Probably better than the others.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ex-Purgatory?

    This story would have played out nicely in a hour long TV episode. But as a stand-along chapter of a greater series, this did not work. This should have been a short story, not a book.


    Any additional comments?

    Apparently, Mr Clines really enjoyed the last year of the television series Lost. This storyline IS the Sideways Universe. Well, I was let-down with that tactic then- as I am now.

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    Mark Mitchell Houston, TX 02-20-14
    Mark Mitchell Houston, TX 02-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Brain candy can be delicious"
    What did you love best about Ex-Purgatory?

    I loved the continuing story of the superhero-types in zombie'd out L.A. The story bumps up against the absurd from time to time but then again we're talking about superpowers vs. undead. So I tell myself to get something sciencey if I want a read like that. The book does exactly what readers expect it to do: continuity of characters; gradual revelations about their backgrounds; engaging narrative style; focused conflict. Not exactly Booker Prize material but who the f*** cares? We got superheroes fighting hordes of exes over here!


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

    Revelations about Stealth's background. No spoilers here but that comes up in the novel.


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

    By now, Jay seems to have a good feel for the different characters and he can distinguish them by subtle changes in voice.


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

    Not as such, but I did kinda go "oooh" when yet another brain-hop happened. Seriously, guy, you gotta explain what's up with all the brain hopping. Give us something to hang on to here.


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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-11-14
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "VERY CLEVER!! BRAVO!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES YES YES!! This was a brilliant story line...different than the others and so entertaining!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the concept of this story..it was really well played out!!


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

    I have..he is good...I like his narration in everything he does...he is great!


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

    I laughed a lot...and felt sorry for Madeline a bit...but it all came together in the end!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this Ex installment, and I like the way Peter Clines responds tao his fans...anytime I have commented about his books on FB or anywhere I h ave gotten a response....this book is clever and brilliant and I can not wait to read the next one...he is definitely my favorite male author...2 huge thumbs up!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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