• Beyond the Tracks

  • A WW2 Novel Based on Harrowing True Events
  • By: Michael Reit
  • Narrated by: Mike Paul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Beyond the Tracks

By: Michael Reit
Narrated by: Mike Paul
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Publisher's Summary

Berlin, 1938

It’s no longer safe here.

When the Jewish families of Berlin start disappearing in nightly raids, 21-year-old Jacob Kagan knows it’s only a matter of time before the trucks come for him. Along with his family and best friend, he flees the country he’s always called home to find shelter in a Dutch refugee camp. Before long, the Netherlands falls to the Nazi war machine - Jacob’s new home is transformed into a transit camp with weekly trains bound for the horrors of the Eastern concentration camps.

Handpicked by the cruel new SS regime to police the camp’s Jewish population, Jacob has the opportunity to save his parents and best friend from the dreaded transport lists - but at what cost?

Based on true events, Beyond the Tracks is a redemptive story of unconditional loyalty, and a will to survive at impossible odds.

©2020 Michael Reit (P)2021 Michael Reit

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Thank you for this amazing book, Michael. There were times I turned it off (on Audible) because I was so afraid. You put us right there. I have so many Shoah books, both fiction and nonfiction. Historical fiction is my favourite. Several scenes stand out to me- the jump to the office while not knowing what actually happened to Jacob. The daring rescue of Ethan was spellbinding. At first I had a hard time with the English accent of Dutch people but the narrator did a good job with character changes.

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This is my second reading of this book. I missed some things during the first reading. The book is well written, compelling and at times horrifying. The Jewish people were treated with inhumane, horrific ,
senseless acts of despicable cruelty by the Nazis.
I gave read hundreds of books, watched hundreds of documentaries and still cannot believe or understand how this happened. I am mom king forward to Michael’s next book on the Warsaw ghetto.

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good story

WRONG NARRATOR... sounds like Hobbits and orcs!

the story is German not hobbitville!

boo hoo

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Great story

I thought the story was very good especially since it was based on true events but thought the narration was poor. it's highly unlikely that a doctor from that period would have a cockney accent.

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Good story

I loved the story. I did however find the narration distracting because he tried to do accents!

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The accents!

In all honesty, I have about eight hours left of this book so I can’t even evaluate the story but I am so perplexed by the choice of diction and narration in this story. The strong British dialects are so out of place. The voice of Herman is particularly bizarre. He has such a gruff distinctive “dramatized” British dialect that makes no sense given the location and timeframe of this story. Herman’s wife is likewise bizarre. Unfortunately, it is extremely distracting! Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for European accenture. It’s beautiful to listen to and so elegant, but this over dramatization is just inappropriate and misplaced.

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Interesting Story...Questionable Narration

Interesting choice of narrator. One of his characters sounded like Hagrid. Another one sounded very heavily Australian; I kept thinking he would say "Crikey!"

He did a good German accent, but it ended up sounding like the Nazis invaded Hogwarts.

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great story of endurance,

wonderful story. we'll written and delivered, the story is a great tribute to the courage and tenacity of the people

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Powerful

This book pulled me into the story. The horrors and the atrocities of the Jewish people during WWll are told from the point of view of a young man. Beyond the Tracks captures historical events into a suspenseful non-fiction tale that was hard to put down.

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Terrible Narration

This is a great book when read as opposed to listening to it. Would have been much easier to listen to if the narrator did not have such a thick British accent. It is not that I am opposed to a British accent. Just that it was too much for me to stand with this book.

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  • 09-24-22

Another emotive story, gripping!

However I didn’t entirely enjoy the narration . A German Jew pharmacist with his own business would not have a rough east end accent surely?
The story kept me listening 👍

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  • Stephen Armstrong
  • 01-06-22

Bizarre Accents

Distracted by the reader’s accents on occasion; not sure why a Berlin pharmacist would sound like the chimney sweep from Mary Poppins whilst his son spoke like Lord Snooty?

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  • bookworm
  • 10-27-21

Improved towards the end

The story was good and I especially enjoyed the second part of the book .for me the narrator ruined the story ,his accent left the book feeling unbelievable for me .