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Summary

Some would call this an autobiography. Others would say it’s a hell of a story. I call it my life. Living it had become the norm, but choosing to write about it wasn’t easy. It’s one thing to react to whatever life throws at you, and another to reflect on it. I’ve been sentenced to life imprisonment and confined to a prison within a prison, for a crime I did not commit. Being outspoken and relentless in fighting for justice had become my only choice, and as it turns out, my redemption. My personal life, on the other hand, I have chosen to keep private. Until now.

For the first time ever, this audiobook will walk you through my improbable personal journey with brutal honesty. The good, the bad and the ugly. My story, combined with an exceptional journey to the forefront of investigative journalism remains unparalleled. As the host of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons, I continue to do what no-one else has ever done before.

I am Raphael Rowe and my career was born as a result of spending 12 years in prison for crimes I did not commit.

All this has inspired me to try to make positive changes in prison systems throughout the world. I believe passionately that we can make such changes, and this is why I have set up the Raphael Rowe Foundation.

©2021 Raphael Rowe (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Inspirational

I've watched all of Raphaels Netflix series but that doesn't even scratch the surface of this man's bravery and resilience. lesser men would have buckled mentally and physically under the years of pressure he was under.
This audible book narrated by Raphael himself offers a small glimpse into his life and opens your eyes to not just his troubles but ours and the worlds as well inside and out of prison.
If you were going in to battle you'd like him by your side, if you wanted a really interesting dinner guest you'd want him by your side.
Expertly written and told with conviction it's a story of injustice not many could comprehend but sadly many do.
I'm lucky enough to have signed copy of this book at home but it means so much more to hear him read it.
As the heading states....Inspirational!

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Wow-gripping!

You can really feel the emotion behind Raphael’s voice when narrating this. It’s beyond impressive, absolutely fantastic. The book itself is gripping and intriguing, gives you great insight into many things.

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Excellent

Superb audio book, a true insight into what Raphael went through voiced by the man himself. If your a fan of the Netflix show, worlds toughest prisons, you NEED to hear this

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Amazing audible.

A most intriguing and unbelievable story about injustice and racism in our modern society and justice system. I couldn’t stop listening! Raphael’s story is incredible and who better to tell that than the man himself, which he does so calmly, humbly and without bitterness or spite. I was intrigued to find out about, not ‘just’ his prison time of 12 years, but his background before going inside and his family life and career following on from that with the BBC, Panama and Netflix. Raphael truly is an inspiring individual and I look forward to hearing about more great things he will achieve, opening up our eyes to the justice and prison systems all around the world.

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Been waiting a long time for this!

I have watched Raphael’s documentaries for years and thought this guy needs to right a book about his life… then finally here it is and it was everything I was hoping for and more to the point where I thought several time wow I can’t believe he’s telling us this!
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An amazing listen

If you want to hear a book about strength and struggle this is an excellent one. I listened to it, read by Raphael himself. From being jailed for a crime he didn’t commit to being a journalist and then onwards and upwards. Superb stuff!

Much like Tez Ilias’s book, it brings about tales or institutional racism that I’ve never experienced aimed at me, but is so gutting to hear about. It’s a book that makes you wonder what happened to justice and truth, and want to fight for it. It’s also a book with a great big silver lining. Though Raphael’s struggles are now day to day ones, not fighting for freedom, many are less fortunate. As well as laughs and funny sections, it’s thought provoking and inspirational.

A great listen. Cheers Raphael!

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  • 24-03-22

Amazing & fascinating!

10 stars!Rafael's personal story is beyond description! It's horrific, fascinating, frustrating & full of historical stories of survival in some of the worst prisons in the worlds worst prisons, yet Rafael never loses hope & he encourages the men he meets to continue to improve their own lives & prepare for life "outside" the walls. I cannot wait for more of Rafael's insight & patient understanding as he experiences each prison he visits, & gets each inmate to reveal His crime, personality & his wishes & dreams. Rowe is my new favorite aUthor! His voice is clear & clearly pronounced, & I can't imagine a "professional" reader doing a better job ! Huzzah!

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  • wendy Conderman
  • 08-02-22

Amazing story.

I loved this book! His story is so interesting and his fight to prove his Innocence was just amazing. And listening to Raphael talk is a plus too!