Fight Tub

The Bedlam Bible #4

Narrated by Connor Brannigan
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Pub Date 30 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jan 2024

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Description

The story of a man who became his bathroom.

The story of a man who became his bathroom.


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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781960190055
PRICE $6.99 (USD)
DURATION 2 Hours, 44 Minutes

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What can I say about a book about a man that becomes his bathroom? It was weird, bizarre, and much better than I was anticipating. The narrator was great.

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Fight Tub was an extremely pleasant surprise. With the only description being a man who turns into a bathroom I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was it was from the mind of William Pauley III so I had hope.

This is the fourth book in the Bedlam Bible series. The series follows residents of the Eight Block Tower. An apartment building where crazy events keep happening. So far none crazier than someone turning into a bathroom.

In this story, there are actually a lot of great characters and character development. You don’t expect to like anyone who is turning into a bathroom. You don’t expect to laugh when a toilet flusher is in someone’s ear. You don’t expect any of this but it all comes together great.

William Pauley III has a mind that thinks of the craziest things and puts them in a way that you can relate to and understand. It’s an absolute gift. This was my fifth book by Pauley. This book sealed the deal for me. If he can get me engaged in a story about someone turning into a bathroom, I will read anything they put out.

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ARC audiobook provided in exchange for an honest review.

Holy shit! This has to be my favorite book of the Bedlam Bible yet! The narration was amazing as always, it’s hard to believe Connor Brannigan does all the voices himself! The story had my literally laughing out loud at points! As a die hard Fight club book fan, this really hit home for me! Carl was an absolute riot! I would definitely recommend to anyone, regardless of what your typical genre is, I’ll definitely be purchasing a copy for my daughter of the finished series!

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I had a feeling this would be a bit of a ridiculous story, but I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed it. (The narrator was great too!) It reminded me of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, which I also enjoyed years ago. A very unique story about a man, and his colleagues, turning into objects. I’m still confused at how everyone seemed to take these changes so lightly… A very quick and fun read!

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What else can I say but wow! This was a very different story than what I’m used to reading. Very creative. Interesting, but very odd! I can definitely say I really enjoyed this mind twisting story.

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Right now, every time I see a new book of this author I really want to read it, that's how fun it is, I didn’t know what I was diving myself into but I knew the ride would be worthwhile even more with Connor Brannigan bringing the story to life with his reading.

So immediately when I read the name of the book, I related the name fight tub to fight club, and I wasn't alone on that, there’s a character in here that also brings that to light and he really wants a piece hahah, you know what, this story is really weird (in a very amusing way) but unlikely the other stories in the bedlam bible series (as far as I have read) I really think this one ends with a happy ending hahah. Like always I know I cant give too many details or that will give the story away, this one if funny, weird, with a love story haha, very worth of our time, this one is absolutely my favourite so far.

It is a short read, but with Connor Brannigan reading is a very satisfactory story to listen to, I highly recommend it.

Thank you NetGalley and Doom Fiction Audio for the free AAC and this is my honest opinion.

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This was such a ridiculous and hilarious read. I loved the writing style and creativity of the story. Maybe don’t read/listen to while taking a bath ;)

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This was so good!! To be honest, the first 2/3 were perfection, didn't totally love the end so much. Some of the social commentary was a little clunky / on the nose but it was so weird, funny, well-written, well-narrated. Thank you so much!

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An extremely well-written (and well-narrated) Kafkaesque book about a man who becomes his bathroom. I expected the absurdity but never imagined I'd enjoy William Pauley III's latest story so much.

How was there so much character development in a 2.5-hour audiobook? And how did I find a book about a man with a toilet flusher for an ear so thought-provoking??

Excuse me while I read every other book in the Bedlam Bible series.

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Well that was a lot more entertaining than I anticipated based on the quick one-liner of a description. I sort of imagine if Aggretsuko and Metamorphosis had a baby, it might read a little bit like this novella. You know immediately when you jump into this story that you're going to suspend your disbelief and be okay with some weird stuff, and I don't really feel like this disappointed. If you're in for a quick and rather unbelievable ride, then climb on in, 'cause this one's for you!

The narration by Connor Brannigan helped to really tie me into the past Bedlam Bible titles, which if this is your first (and you liked it), check out the rest of them. I think this one might be my fave so far.

Thanks to Doom Fiction Audio via NetGalley for providing this ARC audiobook. You're really rocking my socks off over here!

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I received an arc audiobook in exchange for an honest review!!

I loved this book, it was funny, thought provoking, and a super fun read. It is definitely bizarre so it’s not going to be the book for everybody. I didn’t think I would like this book as much as I did. I definitely recommend the audiobook, the narrator really helped bring the story to life!

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Well this was pretty weird unless you think having a flushing ear and chrome pipes on your body is normal. I think the narrator really made the story for me. But the writing was well done and oh so clever. It’s the fourth in The Bedlam Bible series.
This is the account of a man whose bathroom begins breathing, and the beginning of the man becoming his bathroom, and I do mean literally.
Short and well worth the listen if you’re up for humor snd satire.

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Another VERY weird and wonderful tale from the Bedlam Bible series. William Pauley III really has a fantastic way of capturing the unnerving feeling of waking from a strange and frightening dream. The tale is rich with poetic descriptors and surrealist ideas.



The protagonist lives in an apartment block attached to his place of work, whilst feeling unwell he begins to believe the apartment is a living breathing being and soon after falls asleep. When he awakes he realises his eye has been replaced by a metal orb, as time passes more and more pieces of him begin mutating into bathroom fixtures and not just at home at work too. Is the world slowly consuming him?



I enjoy the parallels between the nightmare like nature of the horror elements within the plot, intermingled with the dystopia of late stage capitalism.


I’m not sure what else to say about the narrator Connor Brannigan, except that this is the 4th book I have heard narrated by him and he is always fantastic. He has a wide range of character voices and his style really suits this genre perfectly.

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When a man wakes up and realizes he has become his bathroom what he does to cover it up only causes him more problems. He works for Mr. Kim and when he goes in he disguises the bolts in porcelain with gauze and an oversized funeral suit but this only causes office rumors to fly. It doesn’t help that Carl is certain he’s in a fight club and wants to get him in as well it gets even worse when the jerk of the office Rodney says he has a disease and is spreading it to the other coworkers and Mr. Kim cannot have that at all! But the man who has become his tub has all the worries as well hey girl he really likes and has been friends with for a long time has recently told him she cares for him too. Will this change things… Does she want to date a bathroom man? Eventually Mr. Kim tells him he hast to leave and he cannot come back until he sees a doctor which is a catch 22 because Mr. Kim doesn’t offer health insurance nor does Hubby😍 make enough to pay for the doctor Eventually Mr. Kim tells him he hast to leave and he cannot come back until he sees a doctor which is a catch 22 because Mr. Kim doesn’t offer health insurance nor does Hubby😍 make enough to pay for the doctor so he’s damned if he does in the damned if he doesn’t. This book isn’t that long only two hours and so I don’t want to give much away but I want to say I love the bedlam Bible stories and this one just adds to the already great stories I’ve heard from this collection. I love William Pauley threes books and especially the audios narrated by Connor Branigan who has a perfect voice for these stories and does such a great job. I highly recommend Fight Tub it is weird, strange and oh so good this man has such a outrageous imagination. I received this book from NetGalley and doomsday press but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.

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The story of a man who became his bathroom.

This was so fun, loved the story it was such a unique concept!
Also loved the writing style and narration as always. I especially liked Carl, he was so funny with his obsession with fight club.

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

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Thanks to Mr. Pauley and Net Galley for the ARC. This was a surprising bag of fun. The love letter to Fight Club is obvious, but it is the nod to Kafka that I particularly enjoy. Pauley could have gone the easy road and made this a farce, but he didn’t. This is a fantastic work of social satire. I had no idea this was part of a series, and while I feel as though reading them out of order didn’t ruin my enjoyment of this book, I am going to go back to the first book and read the rest in order

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

This was a fun, entertaining listen! The title intrigued me and I’m glad I took the chance. It’s not a typical “funny” book but instead is a deadpan style humor as a satire of horror. Obviously it would be terrifying to suddenly start sprouting plumbing but at the same time the idea of that as a horror story is pretty ridiculous. The narrator has a great voice and is pleasant to listen to. A great audiobook choice!

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A book about a man turning into a bathroom? I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but this book was hilarious! The different voices used by the narrator, Connor, made the book more enjoyable. The only disappointing part of the book was the end. It was laugh out loud funny and a very unique story of one man's journey through transforming into a bathroom - new pandemic, who knows!?

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I liked this a lot! I'm rounding it up but more accurately, I would say it's on the cusp between three and four stars. Better than average reading experience, unique concept, engaging narrator. This is like if David Cronenberg directed a contemporary reimagining of Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis.” An absurdist take on American capitalism and corporate work culture where our protagonist worries more about incurring healthcare costs than the changing landscape of his body.

The development of the primary relationship was rushed but considering the surrealist nature of their eventual coupling I can forgive that. If a text is going to have a heterosexual relationship in the middle of its narrative for no reason it might as well end in romantic body horror. Despite the horrifying nature of its subject, the text is largely absent of grotesque imagery. Although not for the faintest of hearts, the descriptions feel largely clinical (like a list of medical symptoms) and almost whimsical. More Sayaka Murata than Lucy Snyder.

Karl was hilarious. His obsession with “Fight Club” is an accurate portrayal of guys who look past the satirical overtones of both the novel and film, seeing the story as more of an instructional manual than a harsh take-down.

Funny, weird, scary(?). The perfect combination for me. I will be reading more from this author, specifically from this series because of my positive experience with this novella.

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I hate that I have waited this long to read William Pauley III, but I'm so glad I finally did! I was huge fan of the movie and book "Fight Club" growing up, but I wasn't really sure what I was getting into when I started reading this. This was, hands down, the strangest book I have read in the past couple of years, but it was SO MUCH FUN!

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Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for sending and allowing me to read this book.
This was such a short audiobook I got to enjoy it. The other books this author has written are great so I didn't judge this book for a second,

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How different and awesome was this? Really liked this, it was fast but very entertaining to listen.
Highly recommend and will go back to others books from this author.
Thanks for the opportunity to access this advance copy.

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Fight Tub by William Pauley III is bizarre, weird, and freaking brilliant! I loved it and actually laughed out loud at certain parts. Read it immediately!

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

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In my opinion, Pauley's best book yet as one man, who works in an office within Eighth Block, where he also lives, starts to turn into a bathroom - sprouting taps and flush handles and pipes. Sadly, his company healthcare doesn't cover this and he has to seek medical help elsewhere.
This is a Will Self-like tale of infection, office life and the "them and us" culture. The narration is really excellent here.
Pauley makes this truly weird story rattle along apace without the absurdity really being called out. as the protagonist (who isn't in a Fight Club, by the way) creeps gradually toward being completely a bathroom. *Insert a joke about plumbing the depths or becoming flushed.*

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Thank you to NetGalley and Doom Fiction Audio for the ARC audiobook provided in exchange for an honest review.

This review probably contains strong language.

I’m not totally sure what I was expected when I decided to dive into a book whose entire description was “The story of a man who became his bathroom.” It certainly was not the silly little sci fi piece I guessed it would be. This was a shockingly relatable, poignant read (yes I mean that), and I will absolutely be reading the rest of the series.

If you read and enjoyed 'I Am Not a Wolf' or 'Rampaging Fuckers of Everything…' you’re going to like this.
Audiobook narration was 5/5.

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Fast paced, very bizarre and pretty funny. This short story was great and I’ll probably try more books of the author.

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3.5 stars

Taking it's title quite seriously, this novel is a bizarre (in classic William Pauley III style) riff off Fight Club and ... well, without spoilers, bathtubs. I cannot explain to you how I genuinely had to stop walking while listening to the audiobook to process what I was listening to!

Absolutely ridiculous and bizarre and downright stupid in the best way. I did lose track a bit during the plot which is why my rating is a bit lower but I had to upgrade it for the sheer originality of this! The narrator once again did a great job of showcasing the tones set in each of the scenes perfectly - the best way to enjoy these.

<i>I was provided with a complimentary copy of this audiobook by Doom Fiction via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review, which I provide voluntarily.</i>

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I knew this book was going to be odd, and it progressively kept getting weirder- I loved every second of it!

Karl is one of the funniest characters I have read in a while. His Fight Club theory was absolutely hilarious. No, Karl, he’s not in a fight club lolol.

Who would’ve thought the story of a man who became his bathroom would be so beautifully written too? The emotional prose was top tier! And it was refreshing for such a randomly bizarre story.

I think the moral of the story is how the corporate world shits on employees, and if so, I think it was executed in the oddest-most entertaining way.

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Not sure what I expected with this read but I think I grew to like the weirdness of this book. Everything is just very very bizarre and I’m not sure if there really was an explanation as to what was happening. Honestly, the idea of a person slowly turning in a bathroom is wild. I did find this funny, especially when Carl the coworker assumed the main character was in some type of Fight Club. Overall, this was a light fun read -- good if you’re looking for something quick and on the weirder side of books.

Thanks NetGalley and Doom Fiction for my arc!

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I received the audio book version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Please have a look for the blurb of the book elsewhere as here are my thoughts and opinions only. Thank you.

The title of the book immediately pulled me in, I was about to start deep cleaning the house and I was looking for something short to listen. I’m so freaking glad I picked this up as the story is so bizarre and funny that help me scrub, polish and declutter at least 2 bathrooms.

Fantastic story telling by the author, who I haven’t read before. I particularly love the constant mention of the Fight club film rather than the book as I haven’t read that one yet. I didn’t see much of the horror of the book, as I guess I’ve read mostly the classic horror not much on the modern side of things.

Some scenes felt narrated in a graphic novel style, kind os short sentences and snappy, but it really helped creating a fast paced and agile read.

The audio version got a little tired some as I didn’t love the voice, but that’s absolutely a personal choice, it doesn’t affect much of the content, but it took me a couple of days to finish it, though I’m sure I would’ve done it faster if the narrator had a more appealing voice.

Highly recommend. Looking forward to reading more of this author.

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Fight Tub by William Pauley III: A bizarre 5-star read
Narrated by Connor Brannigan
Audiobook Length: 2h 45 min

Drebbin is living his normal life, avoiding any chitter chatter and focusing on his work. He has a liking towards Leila, who according to him is out of his league. He is trying hard to get the promotion by impressing his boss, Mr. Kim.

One fine evening, Drebbin’s life changes when he feels the floor, the commode, the sink and every object in his bathroom breathing. He could feel fear rising inside him but before he knew it, he started becoming his bathroom. The story takes place at the Eighth Block Tower, where Drebbin has his home as well as office. It also deals with how humans are afraid to get sick, mostly because they just cannot afford it.

It’s the fourth book in The Bedlam Bible series, but is completely standalone. When a story has such an interesting build-up, the reader has their own set of expectations. William Pauley III went above and beyond my expectations with this story. He manages to keep up the weirdness level as the story progresses. The story keeps the reader hooked and the highlight is the author’s writing style. The writing gave me immense Murakami-esque vibes. The detailed graphical description of the surroundings was done beautifully (or grotesquely).

While the central emotional tone of the story is weirdness, it still manages to touch romance, comedy, and horror. All the characters have their place but KARL STANDS OUT! Karl deserves his own story! What a quirky personality.

I loved the fact that the author has kept the story quick-paced and wrapped it in just 90 pages. I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Connor Brannigan and kudos to the narrator. Connor does an amazing job in significantly adding on to the different layers of emotions in the story.

I loved the book and would definitely recommend the audiobook version for the increased quota of absurdness.


Thanks to NetGalley for the audiobook!

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My thanks to the Author, the publisher and netgalley for a chance to listen to this audiobook. I have taken quite the liking to William Pauley III and honestly he has become one of my go to authors for fun audiobook listens. Although this was not my favorite listen, it was still an enjoyable story. I will have to check out more from this series of books since this was my first jaunt into The Bedlam Bible tales.

All in all I enjoyed the characters and the story, it was a little bit more futuristic than I was expecting but it all worked in the end and I truly found myself once again wishing the tale was just a little longer.

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absolutely bananas but i loved it
loved the social commentary, especially on the US health care system, injected into what is a bonkers and perfectly crafted absurdist concept
the visuals my brain came up with for a man becoming a bathroom... wow lmao...
no one can tell William Pauley III this isn't original
it was the perfect length and the humour was delivered seamlessly, especially the puns near the end lol


thank you to netgalley for the ARC audiobook <3

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Tremendously daft and surreal, this was such a fun spin on the surreal metamorphosis type. A modern Kafka.

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I recommend going into this book blind like the writer probably intended (judging from the short blurb).

This book has everything: sinks, toilets, fungal cream, a doctor in a pink tracksuit, fight club (he's not in a damn fight club, okay?!)

This was the perfect mix of humor, weird, and body horror, with tons of dry wit and sarcasm. The doctor's office part was hilarious!
I believe this was an analogy for capitalism, but that's just my take.

The narrator did a great job personifying each character.

Thank you NetGalley, Doom Fiction Audio, and William Pauley III for this ALC.
All opinions are my own.

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This is such an interesting piece of work! I love things out of the box and unique, this was truly it. I know a few patrons who would be interested in this!

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I loved this Kafkaesque loopy book. It was weird, darkly comic and thought provoking. Ticking all my boxes!

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I was looking for an audiobook to listen to and randomly pick this book. It was definitely an interesting read. I mean Fight Tub is about a man who became his bathroom. It was bizarre and so much fun. Also, it is really short so The narrator is amazing too. I can't wait to read his other books.

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This is the 4th book in the Bedlam Bible series, but I haven't read book 2 or 3 yet because they were archived on Netgalley before I had a chance to download them. In any event, it isn't necessary to have read the previous books, as this one is stand-alone.

In this book, we revisit the 8th Block Tower, the peculiar structure where individuals (strange and sometimes mutated) reside for their entire existence despite the radiation in its walls. The plot follows a cluster of office employees stationed within the building, who gradually transform into a bathroom.

The protagonist wakes up one morning to discover that he is changing into his tub. When he shows up to work covered in bandages, his colleague is convinced that he is part of some fight club (hence the book name, Fight Tub). What could be worse than turning into your bathroom? Merging with the toilet bowl comes to mind. The fact that this disease seems to be contagious is a close second. Soon, the entire office is infected and changing.

Throw in a little love story and a cantankerous boss, and you've got yourself a great story! This story may be bizarre, but it is also really fun and hilarious. How does the author come up with this stuff? Another great book by William Pauley III and a definite must-read!

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What I expected from this book: a silly story about a man transforming into his bathroom fixtures.

What I got from this story: A silly story witty lines, passionate social commentary, power struggles, awkward office friendships, a love story, AND a man transforming into bathroom fixtures.

All in, it was a quick read, and if this type of thing appeals to you in any way at all, it's worth checking it out.

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

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This was a quick, interesting and fun book. I really enjoyed the author’s writing. They did a great job introducing and developing the characters with their constant changes. Thanks Netgalley!

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I listened to the audio version, which is an excellent way to savour the delight of this weird horror. Here we are again in the Tower. Two questions come to mind - not though ‘People turning into their bathrooms?’ That’s a minor consideration. But, question one - has the tower had such an effect that these people think this is just run of the mill, just accept, sane? Secondly question asked, and the answer is - “I’m not in fight club!!!!” Listen to the book and you will understand. And have a lot of fun doing so. Thank you to Doom Fiction for the audio ARC. The views expressed are all mine, freely given.

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Karl don't you know the first rule of the fight club🤫..

Fight Tub takes readers on an unexpected journey through a story that is undeniably bizarre, yet astonishingly thought-provoking.
At first glance, it may seem like nothing more than a peculiar experiment in storytelling, but as you delve deeper, you discover that there is a profound layer of depth hidden beneath its seemingly absurd exterior. Author masterfully combines the bizarre with the profound, weaving the metaphor seamlessly throughout the narrative, and blurring the line between imagination and reality.
The more you read, the more you grow to appreciate and even love the book's eccentricities.
While the book revels in its strangeness, it also delves into the human condition, exploring concepts of identity, purpose, and the nature of existence itself.
I utterly enjoyed my listening experience, as narrator does an amazing job of bringing the story and characters to life.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an audio arc.

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“The story of a man who became his bathroom.”

This is the fourth installment in the Bedlam Bible series, and possibly the funniest. In it, a man is turning into his bathroom, and his biggest concern is a lack of health insurance from his loathsome boss. Absurd as ever, this one was at once the most outlandish and the most straightforward.

The audiobook was enjoyably narrated by Connor Brannigan.

Thank you William Pauley III, Doom Fiction, and NetGalley for providing this ALC for review consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Thank you NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This is the fourth book in The Bedlam Bible series. This story was so freaky and unsettling and had such an amazing climax. This is such a great series!

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This book was absolutely delight. The pacing was really well done. It was also so strange and bizarre. Definitely going to be reading more from this author.

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I am not sure why anyone wants to live or work in Tower 8. The cops won't respond to calls and everyone has known this fact across all of the books in this series. This book was even weirder than the first three books in the series. Are the characters hallucinating or actually changing into something else and their coworkers are so oblivious that they truly don't see it? Already read book #5, The Ballad of Old Joe Booth, so now I am off to read book #6, Holus Bolus.

I love Connor Brannigan's voice and I look forward to finding more audiobooks read by Connor in the future.

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The Bedlam Bible series is my current obsession. I LOVE the audio versions for a quick pick-me-up read in between my longer novels.
As completely absurd as these stores can be, they are totally captivating and I can’t get enough.
A dude literally turning into his bathroom. Seriously 🚽

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Yet another weird story from the eighth block and another story I couldn't get enough of. At this point anything William Pauley III writes will probably be a 5 star from me. I don't know how he does it, but my mind is always blown when reading his books. lol

I didn't know if I would like Fight Tub at first, but as the story progressed it reminded me of a mix, of Clark from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with the way he acted and how his boss treated him, and Milton from Office Space as his trusty sidekick. lol By the end of the story I was cracking up so much, and yet was so disgusted too. It was amazing. LOL Also the revelation of Layla had me screaming "no way." You will have to read the previous book to get it but man I was stunned for a few minutes after that.

Now I'm on to the next book. I think there are only two left in the series and I don't know how I feel about that. LOL

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Palahniuk meets Kafka- My first Bizarro read, certainly not my last.

I was unsure what to expect going in, I was slightly under the impression Bizzaro was the next step after extreme horror, the most depraved of the depraved, and maybe that is true in some cases, however, Fight Tub, which did have some horror elements wasnt that. It was a surprisingly delightful and laugh-out-loud hilarious novella that would appeal to many genres of readers ready for a good time. The narrator Connor Brannigan was expressive and engaging enhancing the writing style, plot, and characters of the book
Pun-filled and utterly ridiculous, the situations faced mirror real life and felt refreshingly relatable and on the nose. For such a silly storyline was truly rooting for the main character!

Thank you to NetGalley, Doom Fiction, and William Pauley III for introducing me to a brand new genre that I truly enjoyed, in exchange for my honest review.

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This was the first book I've read by William Pauley III. It was so ridiculous with a core of real social commentary. I enjoyed it, it was short so I finished in an afternoon. I enjoy a quick ridiculous romp and this hit the mark! I'd like to read other books in this series.

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This was a very enjoyable book to listen on audiobook. I love This was a very enjoyable book to listen on audiobook. I love where this author takes us in his books. This is a story of a man who turns into bathroom fixtures. He has a love interest at work and a friend who thinks he is in a fight club as he comes to work to cover the pipes and faucets , etc coming from his body. As he tries to hide it, it disrupts everything at work. It’s very humorous and bizarre at the same time. I continue to love the writing of William Pauley III and the narrator Connor Brannigan brings the characters to live. If you want a fun quick read in horror you need to read this book. where this author takes us in his books. This is a story of a man who turns into bathroom fixtures. He has a love interest at work and a friend who thinks he is in a fight club as he comes to work to cover the pipes and faucets , etc coming from his body. As he tries to hide it, it disrupts everything at work. It’s very humorous and bizarre at the same time. I continue to love the writing of William Pauley III and the narrator Connor Brannigan brings the characters to live. If you want a fun quick read in horror you need to read this book.

I wish to thank NetGalley and Doom Fiction Audio for the audio book of Fight Tub in exchange for my honest review.

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Hilariously twisted horror love story.

The narrator of this book is absolutely excellent!

This was my first Bedlam Bible story and I can’t wait to read/listen to them all!

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I received the audiobook version of this story thanks to NetGalley

As always, the narrator was awesome

This is the third story I have consumed of the Bedlam Bible series. The first being the Tower and my second being The Astronaut Dream Book.

I feel that this story benefited from not being a short story collection as the others were previously. It was still very wacky, and I didn’t know where the next turn was going to lead.

This book solved one of my biggest issues with the first books, which was the ending. I felt like this was wrapped up very nicely.

This book also had some elements of humor which I thought was nice.

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William Pauley III is one of most interesting writers I've ever discovered and I've fallen in love with everything he's done. Connor Brannigan is the perfect narrator. His voice suits Pauley's writing so well.

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The most bizarrest book I have read/ listened to so far this year or maybe ever but I loved it and it works! One of the coolest thing I’ve found is, it’s part of a series so I shall hunt the others out and I can’t wait!

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The synopsis had me hooked when all it said was a man who became his bathroom. I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't something this hilarious. I love weird books, but this was more than I could have ever wished for. It is well written and an engaging story. I cannot wait to read more from this series. I laughed so hard especially at the medical bill part $465 for chit chat. HILARIOUS! My side still hurts from laughing "I'm not in a f***ing fight club Karl". This will be on my reread list.

5 stars

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Hilarious take on Fight Club. Loved the MC and other characters. Great humor In the writing and very unique story.
Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for an AudioARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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This was absolutely bonkers and I really enjoyed it. I had a long car journey as a passenger and this made the time fly by. The story was crazy and the narrator was amazing, all the vocal nuances were brilliant.

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Thank you to NetGalley, Doom Fiction, and William Pauley III for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

This book was bizarre, wacky and funny. I laughed out loud once or twice, but generally had a smile on my face for the entire book. I can honestly say that I have not ever read this type of book before, but I needed a quick afternoon pick me up and this definitely provided it.

The narrator was excellent! I love the characters, Carl was my favorite. I loved the romance. It was a very short read, but I did enjoy it.

I would say more about the plot, but we all know the first rule about fight tub…….

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Thanks to NetGalley for my copy of this book. This book is creepy, some parts are humorous to me, and so strange. I love these little novellas!

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This book is absolutely ridiculous in the best way possible. Full of WTF moments, I laughed so much and just generally let go of myself to enjoy the absolute absurdity.

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LOL 😂 this small novella is something! The funniest story so far in the Bedlam Bible series. This is a stand alone story but perfectly connected to the series by its weirdness, and of course the location is the “Tower”. I am unexpectedly so much enjoying the series. I really would love if there will be the graphic books, it will be so much fan. The author did amazing job here to connect together the horror, romance and comedy.
I listened the audiobook and also wanted to emphasize the amazing job of the narrator.
Thanks to NetGalley for this audio book.

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I don’t think I’ve ever read something as interesting as this book. The premise grabbed me immediately and I honestly thought of Kafka’s Metamorphosis at first. It’s been a while since I read that one so I’ll have to go back and do a comparison but it’s not the same. It is closer to something like Grady Hendrix, so if you like him and wanting something different this is it.

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator is perfect! His reading of “It’s not a fight club Karl!” is hilarious.

I was not aware that this was a series and now I’m intrigued to read more. Perfect story for beginning of spooky season. The supporting characters of Layla, Mr Kim, and Karl are perfect. I can picture them in an office and I’m sure if you’ve worked in a large company, you have your version of each of these.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this one.

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Don't fall asleep in your bathtub, drowning isn't the only thing you need to be worried about in the Eight Block Tower.

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Hahahaha what?? Yeah, this actually is a story about a guy who becomes a bathroom! Weirdest medical condition I've ever heard of.

If you're holding off because you're afraid of gross-out humor and/or horror, don't worry. It's hilarious, got great narration, surprisingly strong characters, and it's endlessly entertaining.

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This is the first of William Pauley III although I have seen his name float around in the horror/bizarre circles. I read /listened to this as a stand.alone as I noticed there are a few in the series. After doing some research, it was quickly established that, all the Bedlam Bible series can be read as stand alone. I was completely drawn by the storyline and the book cover.

The narrator, Connor Brannigan was excellent for this book. A great steady, melodic voice, with great pacing. Just enough variant in tone not to send you to sleep but not too buoyant either. I will be hunting more books read by this narrator.

The story itself is a nice quick read/listen. It astonishes me how authors can either take their time to character and world build ( which I love ) or when authors cut to the chase. William really does cut to the chase and buckled the characters immediately and does it well. The whole idea that the MC can turn into a bathroom, going from thinking he has a virus/disease to having a toilet flusher in his ear sounds absurd but my goodness, it done well. There are some great laugh out loud moments which I really didn't expect.

If you love freakishly surreal and well written horror story. You will love this,

Thank you William Pauley iii and Netgalley for letting me read this ARC

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What a crazy book!

I was really questioning what this book could be about but after listening to the audiobook I'm not sure I could even explain. That said I loved the insaneness of it. I'll be searching for another book by the same author.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for gifting me this arc in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Fight Tub by William Pauley III is the forth book in the The Bedlam Bible. This books have been fun to listen to and this one is about a man who became his bathroom Totally Bonkers! But fun to listen to.

I loved it.

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This is the only title in the series I haven’t reviewed yet, so I gotta clear some things up:

I’ve been referring to this as the Eighth Block Tower series. It is actually called the Bedlam Bible series. Guess that ol’ tower really does mess with your head, huh?

I didn’t exactly love FIGHT TUB the first time I read it. Since I’ve finished the series, this one has much like the bathroom based body horror grown on me over time. Heh.

So short summary, our protagonist has contracted a contagious disease in which he is literally turning into his bathroom. All the bells and whistles, er, knobs and flushers. His coworker thinks he’s covering up for being in an actual fight club, like the one from the popular book and movie. Others are showing signs they’ve contracted the disease. And, is he in a Fight Club? Pretty sure he’s in a Fight Club I mean, come on.

This story as you could have guessed connects to the larger scope of the series, but what’s great is it reads more as a standalone tale, sort of a dial in on the tower shit, like WHITE FUZZ, or HOLUS BOLUS. It’s a lot of fun and a perfect example of why I’m glad I’ve made another run through this series!

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I went into this expecting more of the strange horror-esque writing Pauley is known for. What I WASN’T expecting was a deeply relatable take on capitalism and what it’s like to have a chronic illness you can’t afford. Like the second book in the series, Fight Tub follows one story rather than multiple shorter ones. One of the residents of 8th block tower suddenly starts seeing his body parts replaced by plumbing and tries to figure out how to hide his disease while also fighting off an annoying coworker who wants to keep drawing attention to his ailment by accusing him of being a member of a secret fight club. Totally normal, right? Actually, if you take out the tiny little fact that our main character is turning into his bathroom, the rest of his story is highly relatable. Working a job you don’t like, fighting for a promotion just so you can afford healthcare, pushing through an incredibly debilitating illness because you can’t afford to miss work, the stress that comes when unexpected bills show up, and it really just keeps going. I would go as far as to say that this is my favorite story of the series so far. Things are changing at the office, stop by and see if this is the job for you! (Just don’t mind the giant gaping mouth in the break room- we’re working on it).

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I would first like to thank William Pauley III for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. When I came across this book title and artwork I was automatically drawn in, as a huge fan of fight club, I had to at least give this book a go. It did not disappoint. I wasn't expecting much, but this book had me laughing at loud at parts and at others I was cringing. You could say I experienced a wide array of emotions, which goes to show how well written this book is. This book makes me want to pick up others by Pauley, his writing style sucked me in and the narration was perfection.

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This is the best in the series so far!

Great cover buy!

The book … absurd. A resident of 8th Block Tower slowly morphs into his toilet. Yes. and nearly everyone ignores his transformation. It’s just priceless.

Another great narration.

This is a new genre for me & I’m really enjoying it!

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Soooo admission first, a friend sent me a photo of this book cover and description "Fight Tub: The story of a man who became his bathroom." and we had a good chuckle over it. But, then curiosity took over...I mean, who doesn't want to know how a man became his bathroom? And so, it slid into my downloads.

Being honest, I didn't have high expectations about this "bizarro fiction" so I am pleasantly surprised to admit I actually enjoyed this! While the storyline is whacked, the writing is great, the character building fantastic and the humour really got me.

I literally had laugh out loud moments to lines like, “I turned my head to examine the handle that was forming in my right ear. It looked to be a toilet flusher. I thought what the hell and give it a little push then immediately pissed myself.”

It's a short read (or listen) and it is nice to work your imagination into the visuals of this! Solid 4 stars for the most bizarre plot I think I have ever read.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the audio book download!

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I enjoyed this book. It’s funny how it was able to stick with me. I started reading this book Back in Oct, got away from reading for quite some time yet I still had this book with me when I picked it back up to finish it.

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“Fight Tub” by William Pauley III is available now in hardcover and paperback, and on Kindle and Audible.

If there’s one thing I love more than a completely nuts concept (see: Whalefall), it’s a completely nuts concept that in its execution proves to be incredibly deep and meaningful, far beyond the completely nuts concept would imply (see: Whalefall). “Fight Tub”, the story of a man who is slowly turning into his own bathroom ends up containing themes of anticapitalism, love, toxic masculinity and what to do if you have a tap growing out of your head. If you’re looking for something funny, bizarre and thought provoking, this is up your street.

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This was so weird, yet absolutely entertaining. I highly recommend just reading or listening to the audiobook when you can. Thank you #netgalley for the chance to enjoy this funny little ARC! #Doomfiction

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So far, this is my favorite book if the Bedlam Bible series. Funny and horrifying. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to listen to this audiobook

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Thanks to NetGalley for the Audiobook!

Above and beyond my expectations. I was def not expecting to have a book about a man turning into his bathroom be so relatable to the current state of a lot of our lives.
It is so bizarre that you are taken back and its like "well shit! I am currently experiencing that!!" (deep relatable take on medical care)
The imagery is phenomenal too! Currently picturing some of my co workers turning into toilets too....

p,s the little jokes take it up a notch


Alsoooo, kudos to the narrator!

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Like the other Bedlam Bibles, Fight Tub is wonderfully weird... Weird and exciting and always entertaining.

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This novella exceeded my expectations. The writing was excellent, making me genuinely care about the characters. Super fun! I will check out other books in this series.

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