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Hard Time

Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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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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Terrible narrator

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

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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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A Must Read

excellent narration. Informative, brutally honest accounts of Shaun's experience pre prison. love this trilogy of books

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GRIPPING REALITY OF AN ENGLISH NORTHENER IN THE US

The way Shaun explains the atmospheric tension with prison politics and racing emotions of survival is nothing short of breath taking, WOW!!! Looking forward to listening to Prison Time!

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why the narrator

Narrator is terrible. Good story but hard work listening to the awful narrator. What a shame.

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Amaizing story

Shauns story is truly gripping and well worth the listen. I am so far 2 books into the series of 3 and would recommend them to anybody. The only criticism i would have is that it would have been even better if it was narrated by an englishman (at least for the english characters). Get them. Then listen to his true crime podcasts. You wont regret it

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Distracting narration

It’s interesting and well written, one learns about the American judicial system and a lot about why the law can be an ass. But, and it’s a big but, much is made of the fact that the protagonist is an English man and yet this book, written in the first person by a man who constantly refers to himself as “English Shaun” is read by an American. It is so irritating.

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Brilliant

I initially thought this would be a regurgitation of chasing the scream ...I was wrong . This is a brilliant parallel story of the drugs war here in the UK . The different storylines from police to users is a real insight into the relentless and pointless War on Drugs . A War that has seen no victors only casualties.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Donald M. Scoggin
  • 02-10-20

Gripping portrayal of life in USAs' toughest Jail!

I was dubious of how this audiobook would hold my interest. I was quickly enthralled! Mr. Atwood, an educated English stockbroker, makes it big in the stock market boom of the late '90s. His passion then turns to rave parties where he participates and funds the rapid growth of ecstasy in the Phoenix area. His success leads him into competing with Sammy "the Bull" Gravano for market share. Several scary incidents, the collapse of the stock market, and his fortune lead him to walk away from "the life" only to be implicated years later in a Phoenix PD undercover investigation. He was ID' by several arrested individuals leading police to label him as a kingpin and subject to life in prison. The story of his arrest, the jail experience, and the effort by prosecutors to break him are tragic, funny, believable, and a must-read for an inside look at the Arizona Judicial and Penal systems. A Great Listen!

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  • Elle B
  • 03-09-20

fascinating story, narrator uses American accent

read Party Time Raving Arizona. decided to listen to book 2 after really enjoying author's various YOUTUBE CHANNELS. dissapointed Attwood didn't narrate these books. American accent reading an English man's story was confusing at times. going back to reading 3rd book.

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  • LA-Radio Ken
  • 13-08-20

Nice read

It took me awhile to get into the book and started to see where we need to treat our prisoners better. Just because they're in for a crime, they too deserve humanity.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-20

Not bad - weird choice of a narrator

It took a while, had to listen to this book in segments separated by weeks, but I got through it and didn’t have to appeal to amable for yet another refund because of “sorry but I can’t take this narrator.” Not like it’s bad technique or style, it’s the match between tone and content. In this case, it’s dude no way would anyone make it through the life and death daily need to be a hard ass from hell prison routine with that voice. Not that I’ve been to prison, but I’ve been in life and this is the voice of Biff who plays badmitten with Mindy in The Hamptons. Anyway, the book itself - not bad.

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  • Carl Haasbroek
  • 24-01-20

Good read

Story is good, but can get boring at the end, Good effort however, gives a detailed account of prison life.

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  • Brian Lingerfelt
  • 03-01-20

The Wolves are calling

#2 in the Shaun Attwood trilogy. It will have you hanging on every word! All 3 books in the English Shaun Trilogy are amazing!