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Unimpressed

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-19

Having read a few of these banged up abroad type books I've got to say this story isn't that impressive. The back story involving his military life is interesting but his time inside seems pretty uneventful and the jail itself doesn't come across remotely as hellish as the Bolivian one in Marching Powder for instance.

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Great listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-19

These types of books are often hit and miss but this is one of the good ones. The type of story that has you so interested you start Googling the real life characters to see what they looked like. Recommended.

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Below average

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-18

The lives of these types of people are often fascinating but this gentleman's story clearly only got told because the author grew close to him in prison and owed him a lot, not because there was anything remarkable or even particularly interesting about his criminal career (if you can call it a career, it seems a lot of the time he was in regular jobs).

To make matters worse a large part of the end of the book is given over to Two Tony's 'philosophy', which is basically a tedious ramble from a quasi intellectual who clearly has too much time on his hands.

The narration is not great either. Virtually every sentence finishes in the same elevated tone which grates somewhat.

I loved Shaun Attwood's books on the Colombian cartels and the war on drugs but this was not in the same class.

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Boring Politically Correct Drivel

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Well narrated but this is the memoir of someone who had a very uneventful stint as a 'terror cop'.

The most exciting part was probably when a cigarette weilding youth asked him for a light, closely followed by the temporarily mislaid radios drama. Though who can forget the hitman who arrived, did nothing then went home or the race against time to get a twig out of the way of a CCTV camera.

On top of that this is preachy, right on PC garbage. I don't want condescending lectures on Islam from some muslim officer in a book like this any more than I would want a load of bible bashing if they were after the IRA. It is irrelevant and annoying.

Crack House was a great book and I'm guessing the author made a lot of money from it which encouraged him to write another when he really had nothing to say.

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Unfunny ego trip

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Painfully unfunny and peurile love letter from the author to himself. Basically cataloguing emails he claims to have sent, including obviously fake replies which set him up for what he believes to be another zinger. Really, really poor.

Interesting, but very one sided

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-18

Very interesting account of what goes on behind bars, but I take some of what the author says with a pinch of salt regarding his own conduct. I don't believe the drugged tea on New Year's Eve story for a start. He just went out on the piss and pulled a sickie.

Unlistenable

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Heard this is a great read but this is impossible to listen to as the narrator is a total imbecile. Talks like a robot with no flow to his speech and ruins it completely. Go buy the book.

Interesting account

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-17

These accounts of mafia shenanigans are usually interesting but you always get the feeling they are very one sided versions of events.

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Funny and fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-17

Crazy and interesting in equal measure. The amount of research put in here is phenomenal.

Complete Tosh

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Would you try another book written by Steven Toast or narrated by Matt Berry - as Steven Toast?

No

What was most disappointing about Steven Toast’s story?

The main sources of amusement appeared to be his pronouncing names/words slightly incorrectly and swearing continually.

What didn’t you like about Matt Berry - as Steven Toast’s performance?

The whole thing (as much as I listened to, around a third before I gave up) is shouted which is very annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was surprised that it was so bad and lacking in any real substance. It appeared to be an attempt at an Alan Partridge style celebrity memoir, with all the comic genius of Partridge replaced with profanity.

Any additional comments?

I must confess that I went into this blind having never seen the TV show, but being a huge fan of Garth Marenghi's Dark Place and Berry's character Sanchez in that show I thought I would like this. If the Toast TV show mainly consists of a lot of swearing and mispronunciation and that is what you like about it then you may enjoy this book.