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?
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.
"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)
A few more years of writing experience for the author? And a little research by the author? Maybe?
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.
No. Too over the top.
Don't bother if you are over 15 years of age.
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.
No...I have read so many that have been great this will no turn me off.
Tom Weiner or Frank Muller
The narration was not what I was looking for. The over the top "Bad Ass" was not the right fit for this story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I get my credit back, Please?
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.
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.
Sort of a typical ending.
The performance was satisfactory.
No, I don't think with would be made into a movie.
Sort of a 'comic book' story line. I managed to enjoy it once I got into that type of story.
The zombie-flesh-eating humans turned ghouls from the book may not have minded it, they didn't seem too particular.
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.
Acceptable. Unexceptional. Average.
Zombies... Arrrrrrrrr... Brrrraiins....
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"
Sleeplady: lover of dogs, zombies and superheroes.
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.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
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!
Less run on as if using
Have a woman read for female parts! Or attempt to at least sound like a woman!
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