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  • Depraved

  • By: Bryan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Rysk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Depraved

By: Bryan Smith
Narrated by: Angela Rysk
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Summary

Welcome to Hopkins Bend, the remote little Tennessee town where the backwoods inhabitants are cannibals and the local law operates a sex-trafficking ring. Unlucky travelers are frequently ensnared in the town’s sinister web. Some are held captive and tortured while others face even more gruesome fates. And beneath it all is the town’s darkest secret, the curse of the depraved and mutated Kincher clan. 

Includes "Depraved II: The In-Between-Quel", a short story that reveals the grisly fate of two characters from the novel. The story is as spectacularly gory as the novel itself.

©2012 Bryan Smith (P)2021 Fireside Horror

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Amazing Narrator, Okay Story!

The story itself is okay. Lots of gore and disturbing scenes. I liked some of the characters storylines more than others.
A bit too much sexual assault and an overuse of swearing but overall worth a listen/read if you’re into disturbing books.
The narrator is absolutely amazing. The changes in her voice between characters really added to the whole experience. I loved being able to tell who’s chapter it was in the first few seconds of her voice. Such a talent. Will definitely seek out over books she’s narrated!

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  • M. A. Mitchell
  • 12-05-21

Great Story, Great Narration

The story wasn't really a single story, but rather four or five short stories told in parallel. They take place in the same town, the same time, but they exist independently of each other. This is offputting and leaves wasted potential of plot had the characters interacted with each other.

Still, the stories were good, not eclipsed by gore.

The narration was very, very good. Some women can't do a believable male characterization (most men can't do a believable female characterization), but Angela Rysk was so good at all her characters that I'm searching for other titles she's done.

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  • Three Wolf Moon
  • 23-08-22

Mostly pretty damn enjoyable.

As others have stated - the content of this novel is NOT for the faint of heart. If you like Stephen King and Joe Hill and that makes you think you can take anything, well, imagine each of those guys filthiest and goriest novel, ratchet up the perversion from a 4 to about an 11, then ratchet the writing quality down the same amount of notches and you get Bryan Smith's Depraved.

Bryan Smith isn't a *bad* writer per se, but he's... not very good either. That's not to say I didn't enjoy "Depraved", I mostly did. If you're the kind of person who finds humor and fascination while scouring the depths of perversion, Depraved is probably for you. I got the kind of kick out of it that one would get from watching an extremely gory (yet patently ridiculous and full of plot holes) European horror movie from the 70's... this book is the literary equivalent of a Joe D'Amato movie. You're not going into it expecting Bram Stoker Award level prose. Even with the repetitive wording, multiple deus ex machina moments, and extreme plot armor for the characters, the story was humorous and disgusting enough to keep me engaged.

The narrator was the worst part of the experience but she was not horrifyingly terrible or anything. She tried her best to do a good male "insane cannibal redneck" voice but mostly it made me laugh. Her female voices were pretty much fine though. Overall I can recommend this book for people like me who, after a lifetime of consuming any and all available horror media are desensitized to pretty much everything. Some creative splattery scenes and a plot that, while full of gaping holes, never lets up on the action. Recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-22

Porn not horror

Didn’t get far before deleting book. Just vulgarity and sexual situations loosely based on the Wrong Turn movies. Narrator did her best. Don’t think you can even consider this writing. Don’t waste your credit.

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  • Parker Smith
  • 07-10-21

An amazing bloody ride

I love horror, especially the extreme sort of horror of Edward Lee, Tim Miller and so on but none of them compare to Bryan Smith. Bryan Smith is my new favorite author. It isn't just his content that wows me but also the writing itself. A lot of authors in this genre of horror rely heavily on violence and disgust without having the writing talent to properly bring it to life, but not Smith. Bryan Smith's writing is far beyond others in this genre. The way he brings a story to life really amazes me every single time. Can't wait to get the next one!

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  • Chris Mccully
  • 10-12-22

Great listen

Loved the story and the reader. Great pace . Would absolutely re co me nd as

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  • Kelly e hill
  • 04-11-22

Way too many moving parts

It’s a shame because the narrator is excellent and this has the potential to be a great story but it’s ruined by ridiculous unnecessary sex that makes no sense in the story. If I was being held and tortured by cannibals I wouldn’t be in the mood. And it’s so all over the place.. it’s I spit on your grave meets, the Beverly hillbilly mafia, meets showgirls, meets wrong turn, meets hellraiser meets deliverance meets deliverance meets deliverance meets 8mm meets deliverance meets deliverance. A huge celebration for the messed up town is mentioned over and over yet never happens. If it didn’t have so many characters that had no place in the story and all the other stuff that didn’t fit.. it could have been excellent.

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  • Carly L
  • 30-09-22

Twist after bloody twist

I have been searching for a good book for a few months now and felt like I just was not going to find a non cliche book with a new type of writing. This book far exceeded what I was looking for! It is a type of bloody horror book that strives to give plot twist and very intricate story lines not just blood and gore. I have no idea how I don't know about this writer until now but I will be seeking more of their writings.

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  • Amando Ruiz
  • 07-07-22

Wow

Dam this was a really good book, some parts were hard to listen too but I feel the narrator really sold the book. Definitely recommend this one!!

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  • Holli Ann
  • 29-04-22

I had to tap out on this one.

I thought I was a fan of graphic horror books but this was the first one I couldn't finish. it's so disturbing it definitely lives up to its name. I just didn't realize how brash it would be. the writing is very repetitive. almost like it's written by a teenager, but not in a good way at all. the f word loses all impact with how many times it's used lol. don't get me wrong I don't mind cussing novels, it makes the characters more real a lot of times. but it's used in every other sentence in this book. so much detail is put into shock value that the story doesn't even really get through. I can normally handle pretty rough subject matter and Gore. but there was too much brash SA for me to deal with. I tapped out when the one dude met grandma lol I couldn't finish it after that. it's too much.

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  • craig
  • 18-12-21

Wrong Turn with a bit of Twilight Zone

This is a hard one for me. I wouldn't really define this as a extreme horror or a horror of any kind for that. The writing is good but that doesn't mean the story is. They are not kidding about each character was its own story that just happened to take place in the same area. I am reminded a bit of the Joker one bad day where anyone can be turned into a killer if pushed but it's just not executed well. The villains are incompetent and most of the more violent scenes are the people killing their attackers where you can almost here the author say stupid country hillbillies. it's not bad just repetitive.

Angela the narrator really carries the story. I was entertained but it's full of plot holes and simple put stupid moments. Some of the stories are better then others but none of them go anywhere. book 2 is really just the conclusion. There is some interesting violence a few sex scenes and a WTF moment (you will know when you get there). Overall if you like B rated cheesy horror books it's worth a listen I suppose.