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  • Salford Lads

  • The Rise and Fall of Paul Massey
  • By: Bernard O'Mahoney
  • Narrated by: Laki Rafael
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Salford Lads

By: Bernard O'Mahoney
Narrated by: Laki Rafael
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Summary

When legendary old school villain Paul Massey immersed himself in the murky world of his modern-day counterparts, he was executed with a machine gun on the drive of his home. Contained within this audiobook is his story.

It is a story that will horrify the non-criminal mind and lay bare how Massey unwittingly became the architect of his own demise. Massey was not the only casualty of a toxic feud that had ignited between two Salford gangs following the most trivial of disputes. John Kinsella, a close friend of Massey's, was gunned down in front of his pregnant partner. A seven-year-old boy and his mother were shot, a hand grenade was hurled through the front window of a family home, an attempt was made to behead a man with a machete, and an orgy of beatings, stabbings, kidnappings, and shootings were carried out in the name of respect.

In today’s underworld, the old school criminal code has been confined to the bin. Being known as a hard man once demanded respect, but no more. Guns, and having the mindset to use one, often for little or no reason, has become the norm. Drugs are the currency, and death often the penalty for a discrepancy or misdemeanour. It is an unforgiving world that Paul Massey helped to create, and a world that ultimately resulted in his death.

©2020 Bernard OMahoney (P)2023 Bernard OMahoney

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Really interesting

Very much enjoyed this book. Great stories. I know the narrator has been criticised for not having a Manchester accent, but it didn’t bother me

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A good listen

A good book was hard to stop listening to it and worth listening to it again

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Brilliant!

Growing up in an around Manchester in 80’s and 90’s. Stories were rife in the clubs.
Good to correct all the Chinese whispers. Proper trip down memory lane.

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Good Book, Terrible narration.

the Narrator doesn't have the best of voices I had to slow his voice down a little bit.
Also I'm from Salford and he pronounces some of the names of places so wrong I even had to think a second about where he was talking about.
but the book itself is actually pretty good and informative and I have heard some of these stories myself and think it's pretty well researched.
I can remember the chokehold Massey had over Salford in the 90s every man and his dog claimed to either be his friend or related to him and would use his name to intimidate people .

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worst narrated

worst narrated book I've had so far out of 145 on my audible library. Over rode my feelings on the actual story. Sorry to say that I believe lots of the book to be hearsay and ficticious

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Good read but a bit jumbled

Enjoyed the book. More than I thought I would. Only negative is the timeline of events in the 90s is a bit all over the place.

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A decent listen

Enjoyed as I knew a lot of the characters involved, not personally thankfully, went to school with or lived near growing up so knew the places talked about. I am so glad the book didn’t glamourise PM and his crew as there’s only a tiny fraction of like minded Salford people that viewed him as a Hero. Hard working honest people didn’t. PM for Mayor…I think not! The pronunciation of the place Broughton drive me mad throughout. Apart from that really interesting.

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A fascinating insight.

Somehow the author manages to neither glamourise or demonise the actions of the individuals discussed. Fascinating listen.

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Mind blown

What a messed up world.
You listen to this book in a state of shock that people are living their lives this way. It’s a real eye opener and very interesting.

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The manc way

Not all of Manchester is like this, the story was true in parts and accurate in parts, but it makes a good story and was well presented, a very good read/ listen, I know some boys from that area and yeah they can get a bit rough, but generally they’re stand up guys, after all it’s the Manc way

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