From Matt Shaw comes the story of a new breed of serial killer - a stranger who travels the country kidnapping his victims before torturing them and discarding them in a field, dressed up as scarecrows.
One of the UK's most extreme horror authors, Matt Shaw pulls no punches with his vivid descriptions of torture, sex, and violence within throughout this grisly novel.
Warning: This is an extreme horror novel. There is gore. There is bad language. There are scenes of a sexual nature. But hidden underneath it all is also a chilling story. If you are easily shocked, disgusted, or offended, this book is not for you.
©2014 Matt Shaw (P)2015 Matt Shaw Publications
The story was far too basic. Zero character development and no explanation of any motivations. The point of view changes were inconsistent and irritating and the narrator's performance seemed a little amateurish compared to other audio books. Quite disappointing overall.
Cover says it all really and I'd wished I'd listened. Pure rubbish. I like a good graphic novel but prefer something different to what I could have written. Killings a bit samey with no imagination or flare.
So to start, not so much sex, but full on horror and gore. imagine the writting the thoughts of serial killer as he plans, executes and reviews his conquests. Engaging from the start, visualising the thought process and then a twist at the end.
"I threw up in my mouth, twice"
Warning: If you you find extreme violence to, and torture scenes of women or graphic sex disturbing or distasteful. Don’t Read or listen to this book or at least think twice before you get this or any book audio or otherwise by Matt Shaw.
I swear Show is one sick and twisted individual. There is seriously something wrong with him. How else could he continuously come up with all these “extreme horror” stories?
Surprisingly enough Don’t Read is the tamest one to date. It is the story a psychopath named Chris. Who just wants to torture and kill women, in particular, in the most gruesome way possible. All while recording every detail in his notebook, with “Don’t Read” scribed on the cover, for prosperity. He thinks that doing this will make their lives mean something in the end.
Right off bat we are introduced to Chris who was eating some of the most fabulous eggs he has ever eaten. While telling the waitress just how amazing the eggs were. Her boss shows his true colors. Chris asks the waitress if she would like her boss dead. She replies “yes”. And we are off.
Chris is a lorry diver, err, um, semi truck driver (I had to look this one up). Who has a custom build sound proof trailer with hidden compartments or cells within. He know that the police are looking for him, yet doesn’t care. He know that it will all come to an end eventually and I think he is quite surprised that he hasn’t been caught yet.
I cannot say much more without giving everything away. Just know this. I threw up in my mouth, twice, while listening to the disturbingly disgusting tale.
I have listened to a number of pairing between Matt Shaw and Chris Barnes in the past. These two are now in my favorite narrator author couples and I will be listening to more. I cannot think of another voice performer who could breath so much life and creepiness into this story. I am happy to report that it sounds like Barnes has been practicing his female and other character voices as these are some of his best. He primarily reads horror, this is quite apparent by his flawless delivery and subtle innuendos.
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"Good build up, rushed climax, poor sub characters"
What I liked best about the novel was the build up to the finale. There was definitely a well defined antagonist with no true intentions, which made this sick person a bit more realistic. I also enjoyed the no holds barred approach the author took on, most books are very sugar coated now-a-days, definitely no worries here.
What I disliked was the overall structure of the book and the sub characters. There seemed to be no well thought out start or ending to this story. The story begins in a diner, but it seems like the reader is thrust in the middle of the story. There's a big buildup for a climax, but when we get there it seems rushed and only takes up a few pages. There was absolutely no protagonist in this book which kinda made me feel a bit robbed. A good anti-hero could have gone far in this one. Also, the victims were pretty much worthless. I kept expecting one of the victims, Emma, to become the anti-hero, but nothing ever manifested.
Not sure yet.
Difficult to understand
I could definitely see the book being made into a horror movie, however serious work would be needed to enhance the story. Add a protagonist, give a little more attention to the victims, etc.
There was an interesting plot, but there seemed to be a real lack of creative writing basics. Often times, adverbs were used repeatedly in the same paragraph. The victims seemed to have mixed identities with similar voice. This book has a lot of potential to be better if a few changes were made. I will say though, when it comes to disturbing disgusting violence, this author is certainly notable.
"Gruesome and gory for the sake of it all."
Gore for the sake of gore. not really scare, lacks a suspenseful touch to really bring the horror aspect to fruition. Victims are not really likable, so I really didn't much care how it happened.
I was disappointed in this book. There was a lot of sexual violence without purpose and the story to me was lacking. I didn't really liked any of the characters. The narrator did a good job though it was a bit difficult for me to understand him at first. I gave this book a second chance and sadly feel my time was wasted. If you're into gore and violence with no plot line then this is the book for you! Otherwise, it's more on an "eh", at least to me. Sorry, thumbs down.
"Nasty Extreme Horror Story"
The author apologized for Ted and said that he will get what's coming to him. But this, this takes the cake very imaginative ways to kill people in some ways or al ways worse than Ted, and the end well I don't want to spoil it but I will say it's not my cup of tea too much is too much . This is a horror book in a true sense, won't be listening to it again therefore 3 stars . Narrator was awesome very good and like to say thanks for reading so I don't have to.
"Oh My God!"
I would certainly recommend this audiobook to any friend who loves extreme horror.
I had the pleasure of reading this book when it came out and was thrilled to hear it was being made into an audiobook. I thought it was disturbing and disgusting when I read it, but reading it doesn't even come close to the emotions brought forth while listening to the audiobook. The plot is riveting and the narration is absolutely flawless.
I have listened to all of Chris Barnes's other performances and I have to say that he has spoiled me. Barnes doesn't just read these books, he performs them. He provides an intensity that most other narrators don't come close to matching, and I get the feeling that most other narrators don't even try. He gets into the characters' heads and brings them to life in a way others can't. He is my absolute favorite narrator and when he teams up with author Matt Shaw, the results are incredible.
Don't Read is only about 3 hours long, so I did listen to it in one sitting, Between the story and the narration, this is one book you won't want to put down.
Don't Read is one of the most disgusting book I have ever read or listened to, so take heed of the warning on the cover. It is not for the faint of heart, but if you love extreme horror you will love this book.
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