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Sick Bastards Audiobook

Sick Bastards: A Novel of Extreme Horror, Sex and Gore

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Publisher's Summary

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. Please do not purchase this audiobook if you are easily shocked, disgusted or offended. This book is not for you.

A family will do anything to survive after a nuclear attack has left their world in ruins. Actions which even surprise them...

©2013 Matt Shaw (P)2015 Matt Shaw

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    jey cee 02-15-15
    jey cee 02-15-15
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    "Sick bastards"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sick Bastards?

    The writing is superb,plot intense and of course sickening...in a good way...The book is sort of a "day after" zombie story.once you start reading you cant put it down even if you dont like what yout are listening you have find out the rest of the story..


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    jami hiawatha, ia, United States 02-15-15
    jami hiawatha, ia, United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A twisted dystopian? Or something more?"

    I’m a sucker for anything with a warning label. And this book definitely deserves one!

    Four people wake up with no memory of anything other than the ‘bomb’ that went off. The food doesn't last, so they do what they have to in order to survive another day. Surprisingly enough all the sex and gore doesn't feel gratuitous. It really lends itself to the story. Now there were times I’m sure I blushed while listening, and was glad I was listening through ear buds so nobody else could hear. Sick Bastards also takes an unexpected twist at the end that I sure didn't see coming, and that was even more terrifying than what they had experienced in their cabin.

    This was my first Matt Shaw book and I have already added all the others I could find to my wish list. Chris Barnes does an excellent job with the narration as always. I just adore his accent; he is so easy to listen to and really adds depth and feeling to the story.

    Audiobook provided for honest review.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dawnzilla Arlington, Texas 02-02-15
    Dawnzilla Arlington, Texas 02-02-15

    Dawn

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    "I May Become a Vegetarian After This"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sick Bastards to be better than the print version?

    The print version of Sick B*stards is brilliant. It is the perfect mix of uncomfortable gore, sex and violence combined with a story that will keep you guessing until the very end. Was the audiobook better than the book? No, but the audiobook adds an incredible depth to the story and really makes every scene come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about Sick B*stards was the story itself. It was well-written with natural dialog that Chris Barnes read brilliantly. There are some incredibly graphic scenes of violence, sex and gore in this book, but they are all necessary to the story, not just thrown in for shock value. My favorite part? Sick B*astards makes the reader think of just how far they would go to survive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene might have been where Brother kills Michael Bray. ;) If that one isn't good enough, all the scenes where the family is eating their meat made me a little ill. I still can't enjoy a nice fillet steak.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sick Bastards and why?

    The entire family, Father, Mother, Brother and Sister were very memorable. In fact, I don't think I could forget that family if I tried.


    Any additional comments?

    I read Sick B*stards when it first came out in 2013 and it got me hooked on all of Matt Shaw's black cover books. When I found out that Chris Barnes would be narrating the audiobook version, I let out a little squeal. Barnes brings a certain charm, intensity and darkness to the book that made listening to it a whole different experience from reading it. This book is perfect for fans of dark, disturbing and disgusting extreme horror and if you're at all sensitive, this is not the book for you.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 02-09-15
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "is by far the most brutally disgusting"

    The only reason I wanted to listen to this is “Extreme Horror” boasted in the title. I have been off listening to science fiction and thrillers and have gotten away from one of my favorite genres.

    Um… Holy crap… Whew… Sick B*stards: A Novel of Extreme Horror, Sex and Gore is by far the most brutally disgusting, sexually explicit, gut wrenching, nauseating, guilty pleasure I have ever heard. The title is not joking around and this is not for the faint of heart.

    Brief synopsis. A family of four wake up with no memories of the past. They appear to be alone, the only ones in the city. Quickly they run out of the surplus of food and supplies. They have to venture out and discover they are not alone at all. Soon the others they find end up, literally, on the dinner table. Gagged and screaming while the family eats their fill.

    If that wasn’t enough. Father is sleeping with mother, father is sleeping with daughter, mother is sleeping with son, son is sleeping with sister. In the most graphic hard-core ways. So mush so that my skin would start to crawl, I would look over my shoulder at work to see if anyone else could hear the incestual escapades. I do not like erotica and I didn’t like all of the sexual content, however if you can, somehow, push that aside. There is a terrific horror story here.

    All of that aside this is a story a young man coming of age, in more ways that one, and discovering what is truly important. Truth or happiness. Family or solitude.

    Have you been looking for a story that will horrify you in almost ever was imaginable? Well, look no further. This might even make me think twice before listening to another audiobook by Shaw. I say that now, but who am I kidding.

    I was thinking to myself while listening to this one. Takes place in the United Kingdom, why not pick a British accent? Well, because that would have stunk. It wouldn’t have given Sick B*stards the raw brutality that a rough Scottish brogue can bring to the table. And if that is what you are looking for then Chris Barnes is who you want for your audiobook.

    Even though there wasn’t really a rhythm to this story Barnes was able to bring it regardless. Somehow he was able to keep his wits about him while telling this deranged and twisted tale. I have said this before and I will say it again, Barnes does not have the best characterizations. Yet somehow he is able to breath a life into horror stories like I can imagine no other doing. Yes, he is on my short list of go to narrators.

    Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.

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    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Jared 11-30-15
    Jared 11-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightfully horrid."

    Sometimes you just want to watch the world burn and see people revert into wretched monsters, and this book lowers the bar to all that, hits the ground and proceeds to get a shovel because it'll be damned if it's going to go halfway to hell.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James 07-04-15
    James 07-04-15

    I love historical fiction, history (especially WWII), rock bios, well-told and interesting fiction, non-fiction, & a bit of fantasy sci-fi.

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    "for those who like REAL horror"

    great book, great narrative. about to read more of his books. sicker and sickest next.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Moran 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Exactly what it says on the tin. And more."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Brother is the POV character and the one we spend the most time with, so I would have to go with him. Although I don't know that there's any characters that are particularly "likeable". They are Sick Bastards, after all.


    What does Chris Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As always, Chris Barnes brings his wonderful voice and energy to the story. Even though you may know what is coming and not want to go on, he keeps you on the line, wanting to hear what horrible, horrible things are next.


    If you could take any character from Sick Bastards out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Once you've finished the book, I think you'll understand why you wouldn't really want dinner with any of these people.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a very good story, well written and well read. The tag line "A Novel of Extreme Horror, Sex, and Gore" is no lie. It treads on territory that is rarely taken on, and even more rarely done well. I'm glad I read it, but to be honest, I'm not entirely sure I'll ever read it again. But for those that enjoy seeing just how far humanity can descend, I highly recommend it. It's just not necessarily for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    F. Delaney 08-13-15
    F. Delaney 08-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "New twist on the zombie apocalypse"

    This is a sick and twisted apocalypse cannibal crazy story with incest thrown in for extra fun

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    Igrat777 05-20-15
    Igrat777 05-20-15
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    "Pretty darn good!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very interesting from beginning to end. I was never bored.


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

    No. I don't mind his voice or his performance skills but I thought that he was the wrong person to read this specific book. The way he pronounced some of the words, with his heavy accent, made them almost laughable. Took away from some of the tension in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure what to expect but the story held up pretty well. It was pretty gory and explicit in places but it worked - it didn't feel out of place. The ending was not what I was expecting either but I liked it! If you like gross, sexually explicit, and interesting stories then I'd recommend this. Be warned: It is EXTREMELY sexually explicit in some spots.

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    Kate 04-05-15
    Kate 04-05-15
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    "For someone looking for a horror story"

    Highly recommend. Great story, has a great twist in the middle, with the perfect ending to the story. Very impressed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Not for the faint hearted."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sick Bastards to be better than the print version?

    I loved both the print version and audio version of sick bastards. The audio really brings the story to life and makes you part of it excellent narration by Chris Barnes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sick Bastards?

    There are alot of eye opening scenes in this audio. My favorite is when the family first sit down to eat the meat.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Barnes – was your favourite?

    I liked all the charachters but my favourite is brother. The things he gets up to when at home and exploring outside really open your eyes. Chris makes him a really strong and believe able charachter.


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

    Yes I would have loved to listern to this audio in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    A must for all audio horror lovers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Cash
    3/21/15
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    "sick baskets"

    Another brilliantly disgusting collaboration between Matt Shaw and Chris Barnes. I look forward to hearing more

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • DENISE
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    "Shocking but very good"

    Very good story very cleverly put together great twist at the end. I recommend this if you like a thrill

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Brian Jenkinson
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    "How far would you go"

    how deep would you delve. Listened to near the end bought another Matt Shaw book, wished I had bought Sicker Bastardy as the twist at the end of the book is awesome. great sex, twisted horror and gore. delivers what it says on the tin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "Unexpected and different"

    Very different from anything I have read before but really enjoyable and clever. Makes me want to read Sicker Bastards.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • STEPHEN
    7/14/16
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    "Excellent narration"

    The story was good enough, if a little thin and tedious in parts.

    Shocking? Not compared to Crossed by Garth Ennis!

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  • CHRIS
    5/24/16
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    "confused"

    Apart from the narrator jumping from cockney to northern during the narrative and the fact that the chapters jump back and forth confusing everything, this wouldn't of been that bad. unfortunately it got painfully to finish and it jumped around to a sloppy and formulated finish ,

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  • Kindle Customer
    4/1/16
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    "very frustrating"

    This story jumps back & forth through out all of it which did nothing but confused me, good story if u can get ur head round it as I did at some points as I brain had to play catch up but I found that frustrating plus the guy reads it pretty fast which is also frustrating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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