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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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By Hassan on 01-15-14

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!

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By Michael on 01-15-14

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.




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By Simon on 04-30-14

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

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By matthew on 07-07-14

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.

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By Eagle2222 on 06-26-15

Addicted to the whole series

I'm not a great reviewer - but this whole series has me addicted - so much more than the usual 'living dead' themed alternatives. I have found myself preferring to listen to this series instead of watching my backlog of TV favourites.

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