Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read is the son of a strict Seventh Day Adventist mother and a shell-shocked former soldier who slept with a loaded gun at his side. Bullied at school, he grew up dreaming of revenge ("There are none so merciless as those who have been shown no mercy", as he later noted). He became a criminal legend who terrorised drug dealers, pimps, thieves and armed robbers on the streets and in jail - but boasts he never hurt an innocent member of the public.
This first story of Chopper's memoirs, written from inside jail and laced with his trademark brutal humour, tells the story of his early life of crime - from streetfighter to standover man, gunman to long-term prisoner - and launched his career as a best-selling author.
©1991 Mark Brandon Read (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I read a few of the chopper books a few years ago. I'm glad to have listened again. Good narration and really brings the book alive.
The dark humour
Him slagging off underworld godfathers, tells you how they really are. Gutless
Good humoured read. If you have watched the series underbelly the book touches on some off the characters and tells it from choppers point of view.
I found myself addicted to listening to this on the drive home from work and found myself sitting in my driveway finishing off a chapter.
I have recently purchased the second book hopefully it's just as addictive
The narrator sounds like a children's TV presenter. Hardly the voice of a hardened criminal. There is none of the dry/dark humour that comes through in all of Chopper's books. There is something really creepy about hearing the words "... because the spade was in his brain" coming from someone who sounds like they are wearing a clown costume and reading out loud to a group of primary school kids.
Yes, get a refund and buy a different audio book.
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