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Ex-Heroes Audiobook

Ex-Heroes

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Levi 02-20-16
    Levi 02-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "an excellent example of super hero's done right"

    so the idea of super hero vs zombie sound clecha at first but with superb wiring and gray characters it deserve to be read.

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    Schettig 02-18-16
    Schettig 02-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Super heroes and zombies... What else you need?"

    First time introduced to the author and the series. I found the concept entertaining but what kept me drawn in was the gritty realism and the great characters. Looking forward to another book in the same line
    I found that the voice acting was perfectly adequate

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    Faye Whittaker Murfreesboro, TN, US 02-16-16
    Faye Whittaker Murfreesboro, TN, US 02-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Too much chest beating, not enough story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If it were free, I'd suggest they try it. Peter Clines is a great author, but this book has no plot other than "we are fighting zombies". There needs to be something else as well.


    Has Ex-Heroes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of course not! My dislike just may be from knowing Peter Clines from "14" and "The Fold".Very good characters and plot development in those two. This was a bit boring and you really never learn the characters.


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

    Passable, not believeable, callling it in


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, maybe not


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    george 02-09-16
    george 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good"
    What made the experience of listening to Ex-Heroes the most enjoyable?

    Not as great as Armada, but still a good read.
    I actually burned through it was faster than intended because there were spots where you just kept wanting to listen.


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    Keith 02-09-16
    Keith 02-09-16
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    "Fun comic novel"

    Really fun comic book as a novel. The action was written well and I enjoyed seeing the heroes as people.

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    David 02-08-16
    David 02-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "if you like superheroes and zombies"

    ever think boutique if superheroes smashing zombies and wonder who would win...find out! and Ironman like suit would cause damage.. read it and find out

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    James Hugo 02-07-16
    James Hugo 02-07-16
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    "Solid, but reaches a bit"

    Good listen.

    Two narrators took me a bit to get into, but ended up liking it.

    My only issue is with clines in general, he takes an interesting concept/story and heaps as much sci-fi as possible on it. (WARNING PLOT STUFF; not really spoilers) It's a superhero story... with a crazy virus... that makes people into zombies... but a superhero can control the zombies with the crazy virus... and oh yeah there is dark magic... and another realm with creatures that can be brought here by light from an eclipse housed in metal... you get the idea.

    Clines is like that in Folds, also.

    Solid read, worth your time, just know what you are getting into.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 02-07-16
    Matthew 02-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this series!"

    I'm a big fan of the Ex stories, they've got zombies and they've got superheros, lot's of action, giant robots, what more does a story need??

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    jogi pattisapu 02-07-16

    I am a fictional reader. I like strong female characters that's don't require a romance story line.

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    "different concept"

    I am not a fan of the zombie fad of TV shows and movies. this concept seemed interesting but I was hesitant. in glad the book wasn't bloody. the beginning of the book i was worried i couldn't finish it because the opening dialogue was lame. this did seem like the authors first book because there was foul language not to add to the story line but just to have it.
    I did like the "then" and "now" storytelling it kept it interesting.
    not sure if I would get the next one.

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    Shaun Feringa 02-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I love this book"

    This book has everything superheroes, great action ,zombies ,just a great book overall I would recommend this book to anybody who loves superheroes

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  • s
    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.

    10 of 10 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.

    4 of 4 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
    5/4/14
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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
  • Matthew
    4/18/17
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    "Cracking!"

    Good story and great performance. Looking forward to the next instalment in the story. Peter Clines character development with the heroes and villains brings both the story and the action alive. Great action sequences too.

    0 of 0 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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