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PRE-AUDIBLE RELEASE REVIEW
Fist off, if you do not know what you are getting into here, just stop. I mean it,if you do not want to be disgusted in more ways than I care to think of. Just. Stop. Right. Now. Please.
However, if you are like me and are search for audiobooks to darken your soul just by listening, SickER Bastards was made for you. Also this is the second book in a series that I didn’t know was a series until now. Make sure to start with the first book first.
OK, on to the story here. Sticking with the “Now and “Then” storytelling of Sick Bastards. Shaw is able to paint a picture of one man’s struggle with doing what is right by him of his fathers, yes more than one. Struggling with what is better, living a lie you know and being miserable or living his way out of the lie to be happy.
Shaw didn’t disappoint with the opening “love”, loosly calling it that for lack of a better term, with sister and brother. Making my dig deep inside and ask, “WTF am I doing?” I am happy to say that the insestual scenes were much less, even though they were way more graphic and the last one was a little extra disturbing.
In SickER Bastards there was a much larger appearance of zombie-like creatures that I wish held a more spotlight role. Maybe Shaw will write a zombie novel, fingers crossed. Brother gets some revenge. I really liked all of his back story.
If you are able to look past the graphic sex scenes, Shaw has crafted a brilliantly scary post apocalyptic, sort of zombie, scare the crap out of you tale.
Chirs Barnes has become the voice of my nightmares. Seriously, I listen to audiobooks while going to sleep. You know some people read, well, I listen. I am not so sure that this was the best choice for a goodnight listen. My dreams were all from my perspective, but Mr. Nightmare, I mean Mr. Barnes was narrating it. Waking up more than once with a jerk and a WTF!
Seriously Barnes is one of, if not my top favorite horror narrator. His voice resonates down to my bones and freezes them. Slight vocal characterizations that some may not think are “different” enough, especially for the females. I don’t care, ever since High Moor, my ears have been in love. If it is horror and he is the performer I will buy it and you should too. Plain and simple.
Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.