The Brothers Crunk

Narrated by Connor Brannigan
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Pub Date Feb 14 2023 | Archive Date Nov 06 2023

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"A perfect example of bizarro fiction...every line is littered with wild and imaginative ideas." – Fangoria Magazine

Brothers Divey and Reynold Crunk are two traveling breakfast burrito salesmen trying to make a living in the post-apocalyptic world of Planet Japan.

After discovering a mutilated robot corpse in the middle of the desert, Divey mysteriously transforms into something abominable, setting a bizarre series of events into motion.

Reynold follows his brother into the dark underworld of Tokyo, where there are no rules and old video game accessories are used as real weapons.

Please consult a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms while reading: convulsions, eye or muscle twitching, altered vision, involuntary movements, disorientation, or loss of awareness.

"A perfect example of bizarro fiction...every line is littered with wild and imaginative ideas." – Fangoria Magazine

Brothers Divey and Reynold Crunk are two traveling breakfast burrito salesmen...

Advance Praise

"A perfect example of bizarro fiction...every line is littered with wild and imaginative ideas." – Fangoria Magazine

"A perfect example of bizarro fiction...every line is littered with wild and imaginative ideas." – Fangoria Magazine

Available Editions

EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9798823443517
PRICE $19.99 (USD)
DURATION 2 Hours, 5 Minutes

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ARC audiobook provided in exchange for an honest review.

I’m in awe. This story by William Pauley III is masterfully written and any fan of true horror will appreciate the graphic details! Connor Brannigan completely encompasses this narration and his Australian accent really brings the brothers to life! And as always, the horror of the story is balanced out by overwhelming humor that never fails to put a smile on my face! Highly recommend, just don’t try the jerky!!!

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I would love to have a peek inside William Pauley III’s mind but I would also be terrified to find out what I would see. He has one of the most unique and haunting writing styles that can make some of the darkest scenes beautiful.

The Brothers Crunk is an old-school video game fever dream. There are so many references that I couldn’t stop smiling. From using an NES Zapper as a real gun to imputing the famous Konami code on a controller that is inside their own arm.

It seems every one of Pauley's works just needs to be experienced. Go in knowing nothing and be prepared to be creeped out and mind blown with all the terrifying gory details.

William Pauley III is the best there is in creative horror writing. Check out this book and any other book by Pauley.

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Another amazing offering from William Pauley III - A short horror/ sci-f tale of 2 cannibalistic brothers in a dystopian universe.

Divey Crunk and Reynold Crunk are brothers, unfortunately Reynold doesn’t have many braincells to rub together and so is a huge liability. The story is linear but, only in the manner of a fever dream, every time you think it can’t get much weirder, turns out you’re wrong!

The characters are fun and creative with nods to video games and film (I am getting serious Mad Max vibes throughout) sprinkled with steam punk. If you are into dystopian fiction and horror with the fun of robots and other futuristic beings, then this is for you.

Connor Brannigan is fantastic as usual. As a London native, I must say I am impressed with the Cockney accents, often they are very Dick Van Dyke and make me cringe inside terribly, but these were actually very good and believable!

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This is a short audio book. Definitely worth a listen if you like over the top/fast action/computer game based horror and humour madness on steroids that has only tentative links to the real world. But this story doesn’t take place in the real world (not mine anyway), and I hope the real Japan is nothing like this either. Advice -don’t eat the Buritto/Jerky Brothers’ food even for a bet!!!!! Thank you to William Pauley III and NetGalley for the audio ARC. The views expressed are all mine.

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This book was an absolute fever dream. I just love William Pauley's writing style and the incredibly imaginative stories he tells.

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When I read the tittle the brothers Crunk I immediately knew who they were, and to tell you the truth I was dying to know how their business after the cockroaches would be (this is a continuation story of the two brothers in “Hearers of the Constant Hum”, and to tell you the truth, it gets much more weird, strange and all that is possible for it to be, hahah.

And in the end I still don’t know if it was all a dream, a drug induced episode or something in between to make this story even better, I had the pleasure to listen to the audiobook, and like I always say, William Pauley III writing the story and Connor Brannigan reading is like gold over blue, I really enjoyed this audiobook and I really recommend it, if you like weird stories, where things are never like they seem to be in the beginning, then this story is for you.

Thank you NetGalley and Doom Fiction, thank you for the AAC and this is my honest opinion.

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This was such a wild listen - this story feels like being in a nightmare in such a fun way, with really videogame vibes. Gore and cannibalism normally both really freak me out (god knows why I thought this was something I should read haha) but this was so darkly funny and entertaining that it didn't bother me as much as normal, and the story really had me rooting for Reynold despite all the ickiness! Really good fun, quick listen. Thanks for the free copy!

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Thank you NetGalley and doom Fiction Audio for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

One thing you can always count on with a story by William Paulei III is you never can know what to expect! I don’t want to ruin any of the “what did he just say?!” moments but there are plenty! I listened to this after Fight Tub because I enjoyed the deadpan horror satire style and this didn’t disappoint. Definitely out there but it stretches your imagination for sure!

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I have read most of this writers works and I have to admit, that even I was like wha?? in parts of this one. Not a bad wha? just a what the heck am I reading kind of wha?

So in here we have a pair of brothers, just trying to live their lives. Then an incident in the desert changes everything. I am not really sure I could describe this story and make it make sense, so lets just say that its basically a mario game come to life.

I really liked it and snorted out loud at the "you are talking to a pile of meat" comment. Yall know I love audio, but the downside to audio is that I cannot highlight passages to share. This one had so many good passages.

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This was such a unique story, amazing writing as always, interesting, fun storyline and overall a brilliant book!
I absolutely loved everything about this and highly recommend reading it!

Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for an AudioARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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The brothers crunk by William Pauly the third is probably one of the weirdest books I have ever read. It is a sci-fi western with a liberal sprinkling of cyberpunk. It follows the titular Brothers as they try to make their way through a desert wasteland and Survive some of the bizarre characters they meet along the way. The narrative starts out bizarre and it only gets weirder once the brothers meet a character who is some sort of imprisoned cyborg AI. This novella read something like a psychedelic experience and if you like your sci-fi weird then you may very well enjoy this book. Worth making a trigger warning for a fair bit of gore.

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Once again William Pauley III has made me giggle while listening to an audiobook. A fun and quick listen that made a long drive enjoyable. I’m glad I listened to this one after I listened to the Doom Magnetic trilogy. This one fell right into place. Highly recommend.

My thanks to the publisher and netgalley for an advanced copy.

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I received a copy of this audiobook free from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.

Do you enjoy knowing what's going on in any given scene of a book? Do you like things that make sense and are explained logically? Do you hate non-sequiturs and chaos, and revel in order and realism?


This book is ridiculous in the best way possible. It's basically the author just having fun with a cool little 8-bit Nintendo 80s cyberpunk world he's built, and not worrying too hard about stakes, or a coherent plot, or explaining anything to the reader. Now to be fair, it's possible I picked up a book in the middle of a series and just haven't realized; I know the titular brothers are in another book set in this universe, so maybe I'd understand better if I'd read that first. But honestly? I kinda think that would take away the fun. Listen, if I want detailed, intricate worldbuilding, I go to China Miéville. But let's face it, it's not always a super easy ride. This, though? It has enough of the feel of weirdness and surrealism inherent to the world, but it allows enough room for the reader to just go with it and not have to remember the evolutionary needs of eight different species of cactus-based aliens (I'm exaggerating, but come on, Perdido Street Station is dense).

There's also a lot of really funny bits in this! I listened to the audiobook version, which was super fun and had audio effects, and a narrator who was able to do different voices and accents and still remain completely understandable.

My only gripe is that it's really short. On the one hand, it does mean the sort of loosey-goosey, rollercoaster ride feel is very enjoyable (nobody wants to ride a rollercoaster for an hour at a time, it stops being fun). On the other hand, a smidge more length would have allowed more fleshing out of the cool stuff like wasp women and the Damned Dirt Devils. (Although again, I'm really hoping there's more in the other books, which I will definitely seek out.) On the other hand, why do I have so many hands???

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Brothers Divey and Reynold Crunk are two breakfast burrito salesmen with their van attempting to survive in the post-apocalyptic world of planet Japan. Their requirements are simple as all they seek is more meat for survival. However, weird events unfold taking place when Divey comes across a cyborg corpse amidst desert and transforms into something weird! Reynold follows his brother into a more bizarre city of Tokyo where there are no rules and Nintendo accessories are used as real weapons.

I thoroughly enjoyed Tub Fight and I had great expectations from this story. William Pauley III manages to keep the mark high with this story as well. The story keeps getting weirder and gross. It kept me engaged and confused throughout the story. The plot is unpredictably bizarre. The vivid imagery of Pauley is a great characteristic of the story.

While the central emotional tone of the story is weirdness, it still manages to create an emotional bond with the brothers. This quick paced humorous bizarre audiobooks is a complete experience on its own.

I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Connor Brannigan and kudos to the narrator. Connor does an amazing job in portraying different characters with his accent. I loved the book and would definitely recommend the audiobook version for the best experience.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing the audiobook, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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The Brothers Crunk by William Pauley III is a masterclass on why I love this genre. I loved it! William Pauley III has become one of my favorite authors in record time.

I received a review copy of this book from the author/publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Brothers Crunk by William Pauley III
Narrated by Connor Brannigan was another fun audiobook to listen to. If you love weird and fun fiction these are books for you.
This cover was one of the best covers William has done for his books.
I loved it! Very eye catching!

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Another weird and wonderful story from William Pauley III. I never know what the stories will bring but I know they will bring me joy.
Connor Brannigan once again brings William's stories to life. I love listening to Connor narrate these novels. His voice is like velvet and he always brings that extra bizarre/creepy factor.

Looking forward to reading the next William Pauley III book when it is released!

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