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  • Un-Making a Murderer

  • The Framing of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey
  • By: Shaun Attwood
  • Narrated by: AmadeuS
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Innocent people do go to jail. Sometimes mistakes are made. But even more terrifying is when the authorities conspire to frame them. That's what happened to Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, who were convicted of murder and are serving life sentences. Un-Making a Murderer is an explosive book which uncovers the illegal, devious, and covert tactics used by Wisconsin officials.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the book that this case deserves

  • By Mark on 01-11-18

Insightful look at Making a Murderer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-18

The author does an amazing job of exposing the tactics used by prosecutors and detectives to frame innocent people.

Attwood pulls no punches about government officials, and perhaps can get away with stating things that lawyers and journalists who have written other books about making a murderer cannot. Can’t believe these guys are still in prison. They are so obviously innocent. I’m looking forward to season two.

  • Hard Time

  • By: Shaun Attwood
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

After a SWAT team smashed down stock-market millionaire Shaun Attwood's door, he found himself inside of Arizona's deadliest jail and locked into a brutal struggle for survival. Shaun's hope of living the American Dream turned into a nightmare of violence and chaos, when he had a run-in with Sammy the Bull Gravano, an Italian Mafia mass murderer. Join Shaun on a harrowing voyage into the darkest recesses of human existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio book I've listened too

  • By Kevoneone on 19-10-17

Welcome to Arizona Jail

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-18

If you want to know what it’s like to be in one of the most deadly jails in America, Attwood really takes you there in hard time, right down to the stench of sweat and toilets. This book has you hanging onto your seat as the author dodges numerous threats, including the ever present psychopathic Aryan Brotherhood prison gang.

Attwood has a way with words, for example:

“The short podgy man perched on the bottom bunk is giving off body odour with a vinegary tang. Scrutinising me with amused curiosity, he looks like a pocket-sized Henry VIII. He has Henry’s features, but his long unkempt beard makes him seem deranged. “What’s up, dog! I’m Troll. One of your new cellies.”

“I’m Shaun, Troll.” I place my mattress down and we bump fists. There is something endearing about him. I want to get more acquainted, but the door swings open and bangs against the wall, making me jump.

A topless man with WHITE PRIDE across his midsection barges past Billy. Everything about him screams king of the jungle. Size. Aura. Blond mane. “What’s up, dog! I’m Outlaw, the head of the whites.”

I highly recommend the entire trilogy: party time, hard time and prison time, and get the new editions because they are considerably longer.

  • Christianity

  • The First Three Thousand Years
  • By: Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 46 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jesus, this is interesting

  • By Mr on 15-02-15

Extensive and excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-18

A fantastic piece of work which is illuminating and thought-provoking. While primarily an historian of the reformation, all periods are treated with care.

  • The Mafia Philosopher: Two Tonys

  • By: Shaun Attwood
  • Narrated by: Tom Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Breaking bones, burying bodies, and planting bombs became second nature to Two Tonys while working for the Bonanno Crime Family, whose exploits inspired The Godfather. After a dispute with an outlaw motorcycle club, Two Tonys left a trail of corpses from Arizona to Alaska. On the run, he was pursued by bikers and a neo-Nazi gang bloodthirsty for revenge, while a homicide detective launched a nationwide manhunt. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Un-put-down-able Due To Two Tonys Voice

  • By Josh on 02-10-18

Un-put-down-able Due To Two Tonys Voice

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-18


Unlike any other book in the Mafia genre, this is unique because it's written in a way that makes you feel like you are having a fireside chat with Two Tonys himself. Once you get past the intro that is written by the author, the rest of the book is in Two Tonys voice. I love Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, but its written from the journalist's perspective. Even Puzo's narration of the Godfather can't top Two Tonys voice. Here's an example from the prologue:

"Sometimes at night, I lay on my bunk, staring at the flies and mosquitoes splattered on the grimy ceiling, reminiscing about the pieces of shit I whacked, which gives me weird thoughts. Probably not weird in the way you’re imagining. If you’re thinking that any of my victims might have been the next Bill Gates or might have discovered a cure for cancer or might have been the first person to walk on Mars, no, let’s be real. They were the kind who might have blown your face off during an armed robbery or sold heroin to your kids. For almost two decades, I got away with putting schmucks to sleep. It all ended after my arrest in the early nineties, so before I set the table for my story, let’s take a peek there."

Plus the story is full of Two Tonys quips and gallows humour. For example, "These days, people’s brains aren’t rolling right. They’re too plugged into shit like Entertainment Tonight to see whether Britney Spears or Paris Hilton are wearing panties."

Two Tonys shares his thoughts on everything from corrupt politicians to child-molesting priests. It's the icing on a cake of a brilliant story about Mafia guys. A major theme full of blood, guts and action is the Mafia war with a biker gang.

All in all a gripping read that is impossible to put down.

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  • Party Time: Raving Arizona

  • English Shaun Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Shaun Attwood
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Shaun Attwood arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, he became a stock-market millionaire. But he was leading a double life. After taking his first Ecstasy pill at a rave in Manchester as a shy student, Shaun became intoxicated by the party lifestyle that would change his fortune. Years later, in the Arizona desert, Shaun became submerged in a criminal underworld, throwing parties for thousands of ravers and running an Ecstasy ring in competition with the Mafia mass murderer Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and laugh out loud funny

  • By Ian Kay on 14-07-18

Much longer than the first edition!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-18

This book is a fast-paced spiral into drug crazed insanity. It's a true story that will blow your mind. Having read the first edition years ago, I decided to try the second, which includes even more stories than the first and even crazier! Attwood really takes you there with his descriptions. For example "Next room. Fashion show. A stage lit pink and blue by filtered spotlights fixed to metal ladder structures. A woman struts on the runway in a tight shirt with silver flames, a jacket dangling from her elbows, blue leopard print with combed white plush drooping from the bottom, bright-pink patent vinyl trousers completing the look. Primo walks on in a white suit hand-painted with orange and green stripes and spots, his torso naked and hairless, carrying a tray with glasses and a pitcher patio set, seven-inch-thick platform heels on circus shoes, with grey vacuum cleaner tubes spiralling around his ankles. A woman in a white faux-rabbit-fur bolero crop jacket over nude breasts sashays with strength and confidence, a Betty Boop tattoo peeking out of white thong panties, curves dressing her up."

I highly recommend this, and the new edition of hard time.