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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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The entire series is Worth it.

I have "read"/listened to the series and will be getting the next, just released book and am now coming back to write up a review. I'm not sure how long it has been since listening to this first in the series. It is hard to review a book in a series and not the series as a whole but for this one its easy as they get the same great marks.

I started this book because "Super powers and Zombies? Ya sure lets try it." and that was all I knew about book. The author does a great job guiding you into the premise of some people developed super powers... Why? don't know, just go with it. It's not as important right now as what they started doing with these powers and then what they did when faced with a zombie apocalypses. Character development was natural. They had personality and not just as an archetype or unfailing whit. There are times of doubt and stress mixed well with defense mechanism humor when faced with the world effectively ending.

I felt very satisfied when the book was over and it did not try to hook me into the next book with a cheap cliff hanger. I wanted the next book because "Yay, more story".

And here is were the series starts bleeding into the review. The books are semi modular. Each one takes a different scenario element and adds it into the mix without rehashing old problems. You can read any one of them on its own and leave it at that, but you shouldn't. The characters build and grow throughout the series and you feel the appreciable sadness when some of them fall. And that is the other great and difficult challenge in a series. It's a zombie apocalypse. Central characters are going to die. We look fondly on our memory of them, but being gone is what makes it impact-full. Sure one character may com back through an interesting devise to further the story (not a spoiler, foreshadowing), but they are not resurrecting characters (get it? zombie joke.) just because we want a full staff for the next book. The consequences of the last book care over to the next and make the story continuous without being drawn out.

As for the narration, all my markers for good voice acting were met.
The characters were distinct.
The tempo was in line with the tone of the moment.
The reading was fluid.

The A grade is when you forget that someone is reading to you and it is just the story and the characters. The narrators here pull that off for the whole series.

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Very uneven story, but a fun listen

Fun story to listen when the plot wasn't interrupted and when it didn't jump around.

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Buggy

Awesome book, but a couple spots have sound glitches. May try reloading to see if that fixes the issue.

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  • Rob H
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • 02-29-16

Disappointing

Having listened to "14" and "The Fold," I expected more from this author. Other than language and some sexual references, this book is geared more for my 9yo than it is adults. I seriously wonder how this title received so many high ratings.

Even though there is a backstory for all of the hero characters, they still felt flat to me. I didn't care for any of them, as a well-written story should make me feel.

The story is also full of plot holes. So many, that it was difficult maintaining my suspicion of disbelief. If made into a movie, this wouldn't even be as good as a B action and monster movie.

The narration was decent enough. This book had two narrators, one male, one female, and they did the respective male/female parts. Each narrator did a respectable job on their parts, but at times, it sounded like the voices were obviously spliced in during editing, as they weren't always in synch to what was going on in the story (emotions, inflection, etc.).

I had often wondered what it would be listen to a book where there were separate male and female narrators. Having now heard it, I'm not so sure it works as well as having a single narrator. A good narrator implies emotion and action in their voice, but when a difference voice is injected, it often comes across as a harsh change in tempo. I hadn't expected that. Long passages worked better than short ones, as a dialogue between two characters of the opposite sex didn't always sound like they were talking to each other.

As for the sequels, I have no interest in continuing with them.

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Ok at best

Post-apocalyptic Earth, where zombies are the reason why. A small group of normal people & a fiew super heroes fight to stay alive.

The story is ok but, everything is over described & most of it is BLA BLA stuff that isn't real interesting: they go here, fing this, do that, ect. The action is light & sporatic.

Performance is ok

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What is it with the Zombie thing?

Would you consider the audio edition of Ex-Heroes to be better than the print version?

unknown

What did you like best about this story?

Heroes arising from the ranks of ordinary men/women. The accurate portrayal of some coping and some panicking is true to form. (accurate. In a mass casualty event - psychological injury will out number physical injury by greater than 10: 1)

Which scene was your favorite?

Descriptions of Stealth's physique

Any additional comments?

Interesting twist on the mutant/zombie theme. Author did well. What is it with the Zombie thing? Why are authors. movies makers so into this theme. Why is our gov't spending serious money drilling on Zombie problems where they suppress/terminate large numbers of unarmed defenseless citizens...Oh wait............. :-(

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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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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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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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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.