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  • The Dark Side

  • Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly
  • By: Andy Thompson
  • Narrated by: Pete Nottage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Andy Thompson's true-to-life, graphic, and gripping account of his work as an NHS paramedic in Britain's Accident and Emergency Ambulance Service will shock you, sadden you, entertain you, and perhaps inspire you. You'll smile at some of Andy's real patient encounters, while others will cause you to wipe a tear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By amiie on 04-12-17

Good story marred by choice of words.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-15

It's an interesting book but for me was spoiled by continual and repetitive use of inappropriate phrases such as "vacated the drivers seat" in, I think, an attempt to convey the importance of the job.
There's a limit to how many times one can listen to tech speak such as "a patent airway" or "palpated the radial pulse" before it becomes a drag.
Books such as this thrive when "Joe Public" can identify with the writer. Unfortunately this author has managed to distance himself from his audience.

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