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Publisher's Summary

During the Civil War, two young soldiers on opposite sides find themselves drawn together. One is a war-weary, scholarly Southerner who has seen too much bloodshed, especially the tortures inflicted upon the enemy by his vicious commanding officer, his uncle. The other is a Herculean Yankee captured by the rag-tag Confederate band and forced to become a martyr for all the sins of General Sheridan's fires.
When these two find themselves admiring more than each other's spirit and demeanor, when passions erupt between captor and captive, will this new romance survive the arduous trek to Purgatory Mountain?
©2012 Jeff Mann (P)2013 Jeff Mann
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By Carolyn on 11-01-13

Best first person narration I've ever heard

What did you love best about Purgatory?

I can't add anything to previous reviews about the quality of the story itself, so I won't even try. Suffice it to say I agree with it all. I'll keep my review to the quality of the narrator. Not only does he get the accents dead right, but I could hear a distinct difference between the voices of the southern characters. There are parts where Naramore is voicing Drew, who has a gag in his mouth, and I swear he can express more emotion through muffled grunts than most people can with their clear voices. (I can't help but wonder if Naramore actually put a gag in his own mouth in the recording studio.) An especially memorable scene is where Ian is tending to Drew after a particularly cruel session of torture, and Drew has lost his short-term memory as a result. I closed my eyes listening to it and could imagine myself in Ian's place, Drew's head in my lap as he described how he felt, his voice slurred and scared.

Part of the quality of the narration is the quality of the writing. This is a book I downloaded without reading it first, and although physical books can easily move me emotionally and drag me bodily into the story through print, it is rare that a narrator can do so without my having read the book first. Mann is definitely an excellent writer, but without an equally excellent narrator the story would definitely lose something just being listened to.

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By SteveK on 10-06-13

Historic Gay Fiction- Must Read!

Would you listen to Purgatory again? Why?

I'd waited until the last minute to select a few books for a long trip and would probably have passed this by if I'd had more time (not really into pain). The book is so much more than just a story about two guys into BDSM.The story is hauntingly beautiful, intense, provocative, often disturbing, and impossible to put down.

What did you like best about this story?

The historical setting & insight we're given into the thoughts and actions of the characters. The unexpected plot twists showing our capacity for hope & kindness even in the face of adversity.

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

The narrator is incredible! One of my initial concerns after beginning the story was if the deep south, Virginian accent would get annoying after a while. No worries. Mr. Naramore has quite a range of voices for the characters. I'll just come clean and say he has one of the hottest voices I've ever heard.

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

This book is all about extremes but ends with love and hope.

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By T.J.Peabody on 01-06-16

More for the S&M scene people

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the story had led itself forward instead of everything seemingly focused on a camp where a prisoner is, after a wee while, the center of an S&M scenario that grows like any penny dreadful novel.

Has Purgatory put you off other books in this genre?

It has not put me off. It should have been a bit more obvious in the blurb how we were to expect the extreme descriptive narrative.

Any additional comments?

If you are liking the S&M scene with humiliation dressed as war, then go for it. I want to give it back, but that is not possible. No depth or substance for me.

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