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Hard Time

Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Summary

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.

In jail, Shaun was forced to endure cockroaches crawling in his ears at night, dead rats in the food and the sound of skulls getting cracked against toilets. He meticulously documented the conditions and smuggled out his message.

Join Shaun on a harrowing voyage into the darkest recesses of human existence.

Hard Time provides a revealing glimpse into the tragedy, brutality, dark comedy, and eccentricity of prison life.

Featured worldwide on Nat Geo Channel's Locked-Up/Banged-Up Abroad Raving Arizona.

©2016 Shaun Attwood (P)2017 Shaun Attwood

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Best audio book I've listened too

This is the best true account I've ever listened to. A definite must read. Attwood is amazing wish his other 2 books in the trilogy where available on here

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Intense but amazing

A pleasure to read and listen to, still can't believe its a true story. True Geordie Gang

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Poor Choice of Narrator

Fascinating true story; slight marred by the droning commentary that loses listener concentration. Would have benefited with a narrator who had a bit more charisma.

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Terrible narrator

After listening to 150 books, this narrator stands out as not fitting the story and its characters.

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Loved it!!

Amazing book, great narrator. If you enjoy listening too, reading or watching anything to do with prisons and real prison experiences then I would definitely recommend this book. Just purchased the next book.

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A must read/listen

I'm always looking for a true life listen to get me through a boring repetitive 12 hour night shift!
"Hard time" did exactly that! nice that Shaun actually takes responsibility for his actions, rather than passing the buck! defo recommend!!

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good sh-t, Fish!!

Fish, good sh-t! ... butlincat
Good sh-t, Fish ... butlincat
Dog, good sh-t! ... butlincat
Good sh-t, Dog! ... butlincat

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A real eye opener

Shockingly honest and detailed insight into the struggles of Jail life for non convicted inmates

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Fucking smart book

Lovely flowing. Funny narrator. Unputdownable. Real insite to usa prison and culture. Fantastic book. Unique

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awful narrator to an interesting story

was an OK story but the narrator is awful. His impersonations of people in the story, especially females, are terrible.

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  • perceet
  • 28-04-18

great listen and read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is an account prison life that is unhindered by the sort of fears of retribution and ingrained social obstacles someone an American ex-con might have to face. Not to mention the extensive record of his converstions and letters.

What did you like best about this story?

It's brutal documenting of the nightmare that is "the carceral state".

What does Randal Schaffer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice and sensibility never annoyed me or took me out of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the description of the atmosphere in the jail after many men had been up for a week on meth was horrifying.

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  • Jessica Orr
  • 14-12-17

great

really details the unorthoxed treatment of prisoners in Phoenix, Az jail system. unbelievable and sad humans are treated like garbage

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  • Tia L.
  • 08-01-19

Not what I was expecting...

I found this to be the same story throughout
It was the same story over and over the whole book. Could've been told in 1 chapter.
Bummer.

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  • Nick
  • 01-12-17

Bad Ending.

the book just kinda abruptly ends. we spend 10+ hours listening, only to have an extremely anti climatic ending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-19

Riveting, a can't stop listen

Incredible story, unbelievable something like this happens in America. This gives a frightening account of Arizona jail system.

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  • Jeremy Cronin
  • 02-04-19

Great Read!

Shaun really knows how to tell a Story in a way that makes the reader fell they are watching what haooened unfold in front of them.

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  • kate
  • 21-02-19

loved it

loved the story itself. it was very addicting to read. I would deff recommend reading this

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  • Edith Tella
  • 28-12-18

Amazing!

Like party time I couldn't stop. Around the holidays shaun made the books free for two days but it was so good I wish I could of paid for them. Looking forward for the next book. I was surprised at how much I enjoy the audible versions like the story line the narration was splendid as well - Anthony J. Tella.

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  • BeYourBest
  • 22-12-18

Had no idea

This audiobook was very informative about life in the county jail. The hardships one must face while going through the process of seeking justice for crimes allegedly committed. Great story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-18

Poor choice of narrator

This book should have been read by someone with an English accent, since it is a first-person account and there are so many mentions of the fact that he is from England. Really would have enhanced it. The reader was good, but I couldn't get past the American accent of the character called "English Shaun."