• by Jeff Mann
  • Narrated by Mikael Naramore
  • 12 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?


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Customer Reviews

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intresting tale, wierd at times, thick accents

Would you listen to Purgatory again? Why?

probably not, the accents are too thick at times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Don't really have one

What aspect of Mikael Naramore’s performance would you have changed?

i appreciated what he was attempting to do but reading it in such a thick accent makes it very hard to follow what is being said.

If you could take any character from Purgatory out to dinner, who would it be and why?

none, they all would be far to crass for me.....lol

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- Ryan

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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- Carolyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: Lethe Press