Don't Read: A Novel of Extreme Horror, Sex, and Gore

  • by Matt Shaw
  • Narrated by Chris Barnes
  • 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would certainly recommend this audiobook to any friend who loves extreme horror.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

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.

Have you listened to any of Chris Barnes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2015
  • Publisher: Matt Shaw Publications