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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Good build up, rushed climax, poor sub characters

What did you like best about Don't Read: A Novel of Extreme Horror, Sex, and Gore? What did you like least?

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.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure yet.

What three words best describe Chris Barnes’s voice?

Difficult to understand

Could you see Don't Read: A Novel of Extreme Horror, Sex, and Gore being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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- Weaponmaster

Book Details

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