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)
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
one of the better zombie books i've listened to. the writing places you in the middle of the action, and there’s a lot of action. the action is intense, and the battle scenes are terrifically described and realistic. the action had me on the edge of my seat. this is one zombie book, where you can feel the onslaught of the hoard!
the book opens as the infection starts. after hitting up a walmart, eric heads for the hills! how long could you survive alone before the loneliness drives you back into the city? on his way back to walmart, eric meets a group of survivors that fill him on what's been happening during the 4 months he was alone. there's a new twist, ghouls. they seem to be able to influence the zombies. who are they? where did they come from? it's a new zombie slant, and a gross one at that.
there are groups of survivors holed up across the area. whose strategy is best? will any of them stand? not only does eric have to fight with zombies, but he has to contend with another human he's made enemies with. lee is a well-drawn out antagonist, and he's more than a bastard, but he's human. he's killing zombies. is that enough to keep eric from killing him?
eric meets and joins up with a good cast of characters. how long is he able to stay with them before his actions cost him?
the book is fast-paced, but you never feel like the author is rushing the story. i really enjoyed this story and hope the author continues the series. the story ended at a good point but cries for a sequel.
i'd rate this book fourth in my favorite zombie/infection books:
zombie fallout series
the infection & killing floor
BEYOND THE BARRIERS
day by day armageddon & beyond exile
the junkie quatrains
world war z
morningstar strain series
as the world dies
YES, IT'S THAT GOOD!
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
The main character is a military man - of course he is - and the reason for the apocalypse is, of course, THOSE DAMN LIBERALS. But that's all okay - it's kinda what we expect in most zombie apoc stuff nowadays. What more can we ask for?
Well... we "could" ask for female characters who are more than vaginas (and/or wombs), but... that would be asking too much from a right-wing oriented zombie apoc book. At least they didn't heard them for rape/re-population purposes... so that's a step up. The woman (yes, one - but I'm not counting the "cameo" appearances of women that the main character had opportunity to comment on how womanly, pretty, slim or young they were and/or how surprising it was that they were competent enough to still be alive) in the story is written the way a man stereotypes a woman... so, of course, she's GREAT for having sex with, and he doesn't even mind that her hair is a mess (so nice of him), and he's such a nice guy he still wants to have sex with her even though she's infertile. She might be pseudo-suicidal over her infertility since she can't participate in repopulating the Earth and that's really all any post-apoc woman would want to do, right?... but that's okay, he understands and will continue to have sex with her anyway.
The book gets worse as you progress. A guy hides in the woods for several months, goes to town and sees that the world is literally overrun by zombies, picks up a girl to take back to the woods, then starts seeing "people" in the woods around him who "OMG THEY MIGHT BE ALIVE AND NEED HELP"..... yeah, why... all of a sudden, after months alone and the world overrun would you think someone in the woods who doesn't look at you when you call out to him would be anything but a zombie? Oh, and the main character seems to be fine on his feet, walking around just fine, until a zombie is within reach then he trips over his feet, or a branch or a pine needle or a curb or a dustmite and falls over, leading to a closeup zombie attack which is SO EXCITING... because we believe he might just be killed. Oh wait, no we don't... he can't be killed, his woman is still alive [in the cabin/base/someplace waiting for him], and he has to either watch her die or save her before he can die himself, right? isn't that how the writing101 course teaches zombie fiction plotting?
It's not very good zombie action, not very good characterization, not very much suspense (we really don't care about anyone in the story), and it's not resolved at the end. I guess we're supposed to buy another book in the series for the resolution - once the author writes it. I won't be buying it.
The narration is fine. There is just the regular zombie gore (not really graphic), very occasional swearing and no described sex.
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
First the narrator is one of those acting ones. I wish they realized that when they pronounce the first consonant so hard and exaggerate all the words its painful to listen to. Stop acting and just read nicely!
But either he calmed down or I got used to it so it was manageable, unlike Patient Zero which I had to stop listening to.
The hero is an ex-special forces dude whose just trying to survive by himself but gets antsy after a few months and goes out to find out whats going on.
An interesting angle in this story are the ghouls, which are infected but living humans controlling the zombies.
I didn't like how he seemed to go and bungle one thing after the next up, seemingly saved by pure luck and keep managing to find rations also by pure luck. He also keeps letting the evil guy go all the time, despite him (and me) just wanting to kill him at first sight. I may have to re listen the end again because I didn't understand how everyone got away except the dumb zombies.
It does have all the elements I'm looking for though, survival horror, action, lulls, women, raiders and survivalist societies.
Over all I'm glad i found this story, because there aren't a lot of zombie tales out there, but it could have been better.
The writing is good, the storyline is intense. It managed to creep me out a bit-which is hard to do.
The lead character. He was likable, brave, and didn't make really stupid decisions.
He conveys the emotions of the characters, and manages to bring them to life.
It was all good!
Well written, with a smart, diabolical twist on the Zombie Apocalypse genre. A must-listen for any fan of the genre!
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?
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.
Most of the content was written in a manner that would allow readers to see themselves as part of the story. I thought Christian Rummel's narration was consistent and very easy listening. It's always hard to have a male reading female parts, but I thought he did very well.
It left me wanting more. Hope a sequel is arriving soon!
His vocalization was excellent and was easier to listen to it as a journal or diary.
Envy isn't the only green eyed monster.
I enjoyed the book. Zombie books, like all genres, fall into similar storylines. there were enough variations to keep me interested.
The intriguing chronicle of one survivor's struggle to make it through each day without starving (or becoming supper!). The
This novel is very similar to Bourne's DBDA. Not identical, but definitely reminiscent.
Solid narration; I enjoyed his work.
Thumbs up! Looking forward to the sequel.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
A great zombie book. It reads like a journal by a man who ran to the woods at the start and later makes his way down to reconnect with society. Along the way he has to fight zombies, zombie human hybrids and other humans. The main character is someone who is easy to connect with as he feels bad for killing the zombies and humans alike. The story is action packed and written to make you feel a part of the action. I can't wait for the second book!
I like me a good zombie book and this was exactly that main character is a little whiney but still likeable and gets the job done and the gouls give it a different vibe
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