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Gang Land

From Footsoldiers to Kingpins
Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
Length: 13 hrs
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
4.5 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Summary

British organised crime has changed beyond all recognition over the last five years. Youth violence, the drug trade and rising levels of gun crime are rarely out of the news. Beginning on the troubled streets of the inner cities, Gang Land takes its readers on a journey up through the underworld hierarchy until it finally reaches the very highest levels, occupied by shadowy ‘Mr Big’ characters.

©2011 Tony Thompson (P)2011 Oakhill Publishing Limited

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"Shocking ... Fascinating and slightly scary reading...." ( Sun)
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brilliantly written and brilliantly narrated.

loved it from start to finish, it my heart racing and I didn't want to stop listing

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really meh

Narrator attempts various accents.... all quite poorly. A book without direction. A total meander that isn't a bad listen but not recommendable.

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average

I struggled to finish it because it was just a long list of crime story anecdotes that got monotonous

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Great listen

A great listen from the
start to the finish definitely would recommend five stars from me

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Not interesting (from beginning)

Perhaps I did not give it a proper chance however 1h in I’m still listening about misbehaving teenagers and gangsters wannabes just did not catch me.

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Good story, terrible narration

The book is a bit of a meander through some seemingly unconnected insights into gang culture generally but Tony Thompson clearly knows his stuff and it is always an interesting subject matter. However, the narration, while for the most part pitched correctly, suffers massively from the accents that are affected throughout. The geordie hamsters are the best of a bad bunch but for god’s sake, the Indian, West Indian and African accents are a bit like non French versions of Rene artois’s accent in allô allô.

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excellent

great book from start to finish keeps you going right until the end of it

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a good insight

Where does Gang Land rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Thompson gives a good insight into the various criminal organisations operating within the UK, some background into their history, and testimonial accounts of how each operates with the other. There are many interesting parts to the book in which he describes getting high on crack cocaine and heroin, recounts almost getting beaten up by bouncers whilst pursuing an interview, and mock selling drugs in Camden.

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Ok but thats about it

The book is ok however im struggling to stick with it.
The narator has a really dreary voice and what makes it worse is when they cover statements from certain gang members that have been interviewed. If u want an example imagine prince phillip or david cameron voice speaking as though they are in a street gang with words like whagwan, man'dem and all that you just cant take it seriosly.
On the plus side it doews cover from drug dealers on street corners to street gangs to the big players in more organised crime.

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Boring

If you require something entertaining dont bother with this .
Its like being lectured by a teacher for an exam .

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