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Summary

A beautifully written insight into the stresses, strains and successes of working for the London Ambulance service.

Is there anyone who hasn't wondered about the state of the occupant of an ambulance, screaming along with its sirens on and blue lights flashing? Have you? And have you wondered about the other people inside the ambulance, maybe fighting to save the patient's life? Or have you considered that the ambulance may be another 'maternataxi' ordered by a woman who can't be bothered to book a real cab and who then complains she can't smoke on the way to hospital? And that the medical technician inside might just be desperate to get back home from a busy shift, to have a cup of tea and catch up with his blog?

Meet Tom Reynolds. Tom is an Emergency Medical Technician who works for the London Ambulance Service in East London. He has kept a blog of his daily working life since 2003 and his award-winning writing is, by turn, moving, cynical, funny, heart-rending and compassionate. It is never less than compelling.

From the tragic to the hilarious, from the heartwarming to the terrifying, the stories Tom tells give a fascinating - and at times alarming - picture of life in inner-city Britain, and the people who are paid to mop up after it.

©2010 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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gripped from the start!

loved this book, was gripped from the start.
Credit to the author for his frank honesty and emotion which made the book so much more, would highly recommend.

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Genuinely funny

Having family and friends working in Emergency Medicine this was easy to relate to, with many a similar story heard over the dinner table or at the pub. I loved the gallows humour and the "say it like is" attitude that accompanied the majority of this audiobook. Humour being the lifeline of those that work in such professions. However there was still room for compassion and some genuinely tear inducing moments.

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A good insight - but from the wrong eyes?

This is one paramedic's views and experiences of his job, the people he comes across and the ambulance service in London as a whole.
Interesting yes, but I wish it had been written by someone else. The author comes across as judgemental and opinionated. It would be good just to have the facts without all the asides, so that the reader/listener can make their own decisions about the different situations. Also it would have been better if the author wasn't trying so hard to be PC that they end up sounding bigoted. It would be better to not mention a patients colour, race or ethnic background than to mention it and then go on about how mentioning it isn't racist. The author needs to work on their descriptive writing or hire a ghost writer.

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Genuinely funny

This was a genuinely funny listen with more than a few laugh out loud moments. my only criticism is the editing of the narration in early chapters has some slow points and large pauses between phrases but it does eventually get into a rhymn. The book does give a good insight into a profession I am now considering.

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lots of negativity

the author is very much in the wrong proffession. absolutely no compassion, and downright nasty on many occasions. this was a struggle to listen to at times.

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