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Ex-Purgatory Audiobook
Ex-Purgatory
Written by: 
Peter Clines
Narrated by: 
Jay Snyder
Ex-Purgatory Audiobook

Ex-Purgatory

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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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    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.

    17 of 19 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!

    21 of 24 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.

    9 of 10 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.


    12 of 14 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 65 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David 01-25-14
    David 01-25-14
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    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.

    8 of 11 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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-21-14
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Be ready to unravel a mystery..."

    When you start with a world full of super heroes and zombies and then you add super soldiers and demons to the mix what comes next? Instead of adding a new class of character this time around Peter Clines decided he would throw us a curve ball and change the entire world instead. The narration was also changed to use just a single narrator - Jay Snyder.

    This book brings back all of the main characters but they are not super heroes/super soldiers and there are no zombies. This abrupt change is disorienting at first and it takes a while to sort out where this one is headed. I found it interesting to experience the main characters in a more mundane setting and once the story picked up steam it was as engaging as the first three books in a different way. There are many Pop Culture Sci-Fi references to be found in this one and that just endeared the book to me even more. Peter Clines and Jay Snyder have delivered another solid, entertaining story and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • 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

    2 of 2 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Read, United Kingdom
    2/25/16
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    "Bit Different To Rest Of Series"

    I absolutely enjoyed this book it is a bit different in narration style and story to the rest of the series.
    I found myself taking the long way home so I could listen to what happened next!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe Vaughan
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    9/21/14
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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
  • James
    portarlington, Ireland
    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
  • MR
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    12/1/14
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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 1 people found this review helpful

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