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Beyond the Barriers | [Timothy W. Long]

Beyond the Barriers

The day the world ended, Erik Tragger escaped to the mountains. Cut off from civilization for five months, he returned to find a ruined city now ruled by the living dead. Tragger joins a group of survivors with a plan: make it to Portland where humanity is carving out a stronghold. But along the way they face opposition at every turn - the dead, rogue military forces, looters - and a new enemy more dangerous than any they have yet encountered. Among the stumbling, mindless zombies are... ghouls.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Christian Rummel gives a thrilling performance of Timothy W. Long’s end-of-the-world novel Beyond the Barriers. His resonant voice is the perfect fit for protagonist Erik Tragger, and he is able to inhabit other characters with a delightful ease. Tragger’s world is filled with danger: zombies, ghouls, and looters all pose a threat. After months in the mountains, he joins other survivors who want to journey to Portland, where humans are attempting to regroup amidst the chaos. Will they make it? Will humanity survive the onslaught of the undead?

Publisher's Summary

The day the world ended, Erik Tragger escaped to the mountains. Cut off from civilization for five months, he returned to find a ruined city now ruled by the living dead. Tragger joins a group of survivors with a plan: make it to Portland where humanity is carving out a stronghold. But along the way, they face opposition at every turn - the dead, rogue military forces, looters - and a new enemy more dangerous than any they have yet encountered.

Among the stumbling, mindless zombies are ghouls. The ghouls are living dead creatures that not only strategize and plan, but control their shambling brothers. Using their powers, the ghouls are building a living dead army to eliminate the last of the living.

©2011 Timothy W. Long (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Ups the ante on the traditional zombie novel." (Patrick D'Orazio, author of Comes the Dark)

"Clever, engaging and above all terrifying." (David Dunwoody, author of Empire and Empire's End)

"You'll walk away satisfied and craving more." (Jonathan Moon, author of Heinous)

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    Ronald West Covina, US, Canada 06-15-12
    Ronald West Covina, US, Canada 06-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Little Thought Invested In Writing This Story"
    What would have made Beyond the Barriers better?

    A few more years of writing experience for the author? And a little research by the author? Maybe?


    What was most disappointing about Timothy W. Long’s story?

    The main character. Although intro'ed as a ' vet with Special Forces' training, his weapon of choice was tada... a 20 gauge pump shotgun? I gave up when Tragger the main character observed someone as she 'sighted down the automatic barrel.' Later Tragger 'slid back the top of the automatic...' Thank God no one 'checked the magazine on their revolver'. another favorite of mine. Give me a break. Do some research! Would love to have my money back.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel’s performances?

    No. Too over the top.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bordom.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother if you are over 15 years of age.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott frisco, TX, United States 04-21-12
    Scott frisco, TX, United States 04-21-12
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    "Not a Top 10 Zombie Book"
    What would have made Beyond the Barriers better?

    Better character development. The lead character is the exact same on day one as the last day. Very shallow and at times he came across as an idiot. He is super fit, super smart, and ex special forces...Nice resume but some of the choices he makes are insane.


    Has Beyond the Barriers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No...I have read so many that have been great this will no turn me off.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Rummel?

    Tom Weiner or Frank Muller


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was not what I was looking for. The over the top "Bad Ass" was not the right fit for this story.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Ferndale, WA, United States 08-10-12
    Cynthia Ferndale, WA, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator's voice irritating, Main Char. unlikeable"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might appeal to someone--just not sure who. It seems to be written more for the male zombie fan then a general audience.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am so disappointed with this audio book; I believe it will be a while before I choose a new author. I have over fifty audio books on my computer--this is the first one I will not finish. The combination of lack of apeal in the main character and the fingernails on chalkboard voice of the narrator stopped me in under an hour.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Rummel?

    Wow, this guy was so irritating to listen to. He draws out his words constently and adds a whine to nearly every sentence. I found myself hoping a zombie would get him after 15 minutes. I am not sure who I would prefer, maybe Scott Brick or Jay Snyder. Both have an understanding that the voice must be flexible to create all of the characters within the story, yet be overall pleasant enough to listen to for the length of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beyond the Barriers?

    I am afraid I would start at the first paragraph and cut to the end. Actually I was able to sort of listen until he reached the "I am cutting in line--cuz I can--cuz we all should" scene. I am basically a very cheap person. The audiobook I get each month is a huge treat for me. For me to not finish this story or actually write a review is a first. Which lets you know how bad I think this story is.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get my credit back, Please?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SYLVIA Houston, tx, United States 07-09-12
    SYLVIA Houston, tx, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "written for the high school freshman (or sophmore)"
    Any additional comments?

    Interesting premise but the actual writing didn't grab me. I don't mind low brow humor if it adds to the story, but it kind of makes you think of your little brother's sophmoric comments-you just want to roll your eyes.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 04-09-12
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 04-09-12
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    "If you like shooting zombies--there's plenty."
    Would you try another book from Timothy W. Long and/or Christian Rummel?

    I might or might not buy another book from him. The story was pretty straight forward: yikes a zombie, shoot it, yikes another zombie, shoot it. One clever twist was the green-eyed half zombies.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Sort of a typical ending.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    The performance was satisfactory.


    Could you see Beyond the Barriers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I don't think with would be made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Sort of a 'comic book' story line. I managed to enjoy it once I got into that type of story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Evan S. 03-08-13
    Evan S. 03-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Weak, but not terrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The zombie-flesh-eating humans turned ghouls from the book may not have minded it, they didn't seem too particular.


    What was most disappointing about Timothy W. Long’s story?

    The second level of zombies. The zombie-eating humans turned ghouls... Really a weak disappointment. Even if I was willing to accept their existence and ability to control the zombies, their motivations and actions ultimately stretched the limits of suspension of disbelief.


    What three words best describe Christian Rummel’s performance?

    Acceptable. Unexceptional. Average.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Zombies... Arrrrrrrrr... Brrrraiins....


    Any additional comments?

    Not as bad as "Infection: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse" but does not live up to most other Z-lit. Instead of this go read Rhiannon Frater's "The First Days Series", or "World War Z"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Mt Royal, NJ, United States 09-17-12
    Jamie Mt Royal, NJ, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Sleeplady: lover of dogs, zombies and superheroes.

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    "Sadly, Just not very good"

    Sadly, I really didn't enjoy this book at all and I love end of the world zombie stories. I had listened to another of Long's book's and it wasn't bad, so I decided to purchased this one. Honestly, it was a terrible waste of my audible credit. The main character Eric is not engaging, he doesn't seem to have much of a personality, and he makes really stupid choices. Granted this is a zombie apocalypse story so I could overlook the idiotic choices as "shock" from the destruction of Eric's world as he knew it. However, the constant repetition of thoughts as if you are just starting to listen to the book at the beginning of every paragraph was throughly unbearable. FYI Eric felt very protective of Katherine (another weak character) which he mentions like 100 times. I felt as if Long took breaks while writing this and forgot what he had already written. I actually couldn't wait for this book to be over by the time I reached Part 2. I finished the book because I kept thinking the story was going to get better...it didn't. The narrator did a good job but his strong performance couldn't save the book from it's lack of plot and toxic use of repetition.

    ***Spoiler*** This book has a cliffhanger ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 12-12-11
    Dan 12-12-11 Member Since 2015

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "Drag Queen Zombie killer.."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably wouldn't recommend this book on Audio anyway mainly because the narrators attempt to read as the woman in the story being sexy and seductive really ruined the story for me all together as it gave the image of a drag queen. Other then this I'm not finished yet and can't fairly judge yet but when taking on a Zombie story, the writer needs to really pay attention to holding onto the readers attention because zombies have been done every which way and it's easy to loose a reader of you ramble, get off track or sound like a transvestite.. Hahhaha it's a great twist with Ghouls but I've finished the first half and feel the writer is just trying to fill pages and drag on telling the story! I hope the second half is better!


    What aspect of Christian Rummel’s performance would you have changed?

    Less run on as if using


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Have a woman read for female parts! Or attempt to at least sound like a woman!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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