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The Dark Side

Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly
Narrated by: Pete Nottage
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Summary

Andy Thompson's true-to-life, graphic, and gripping account of his work as an NHS paramedic in Britain's Accident and Emergency Ambulance Service will shock you, sadden you, entertain you, and perhaps inspire you. You'll smile at some of Andy's real patient encounters, while others will cause you to wipe a tear.

Using official NHS documentation recorded at the time to give precise details of each incident, Andy has held firm to the real-life accounts, even in keeping the dialogue as close as his memory allows to what was really said at the time. It's as if you're there next to him, struggling with the effects of adrenaline and fighting to save life. This is a rare work of medical nonfiction delivered in a way that is factual, informative, but at the same time naturally entertaining and moving, written with candour and humour. And if you have ever thought what it takes to become a paramedic - or any other of the specialist vocations - and that you could never achieve it yourself, Andy's inspiring story of how he went from postman to frontline healthcare professional, fulfilling his dream, will make you think again that anything is possible if you have the desire.

Andy says there are no heroics in the book and that he simply did his job, but we are sure The Dark Side will leave you convinced there are true heroes on our streets right here, right now. Saving lives every day, every night and often against all the odds. It might even change your whole perspective on life.

©2014 Andy Thompson (P)2015 Andy Thompson

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There are better books

Overall 3/5

This book would have been infinitely improved by less repetition. Once you've heard all the basics once, listening to them every time starts to grate on your nerves. They also read as though they were being read as evidence in a court of law. Not chatty and informative but dull and informative.

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The narrator would have markedly improved this book by a) not reading it at all or b) been giving a ticket for speeding by the police. Nice accent but ...

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As mentioned by another reviewer, this does rather "talk down" to even a layman. I'm not brain dead, thanks. I'd direct the author to Tom Reynolds style (yes, I know it's a pseudonym, I guess this author's is too).

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  • 04-12-17

Brilliant

Such a brilliant book. I felt Humour, tears and concern whilst listening to this.
It’s written very well!

Downloading the part 2 straight away!

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A great insight into paramedic medicine

Currently training in medicine and found it very rewarding and a great insight for students

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Laughter tears and much more!

Loved it! Brilliant book, made me laugh cry and gasp at some stories! Giving an excellent insight into the jobs paramedics can go to.

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I loved this book

Thsnk you Andy for giving us a real eye view of a paramedic. Using medical terms but taking the time to explain the various slang terms so that the layman can understand.

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Great book

Second time I've listened to a book of his. Brilliantly written and put together. Great stories sad and funny as you'd expect

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loved it!

intense, moving, not patronising, medically accurate, a great detailed account of working as a para, looking forward to listening to book two.

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Brilliant

As a paramedic student this book has been great. It was whitty and clever. Yes!

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Brilliant

some negative reviews but its a great listen and a real insight into the job

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Interesting

this is an insight into the world of paramedics and the set it they provide.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-16

Editor...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The stories were padded out wth clumsy descriptions, a bit like an essay written in school. It needed a good editor.

What was most disappointing about Andy Thompson’s story?

The awful, tabloid-style language. I should have known by 'the downright ugly' in the title - made me cringe.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I'm not sure if the narrator was reading the grammatical mistakes from the book, or if they were used to authenticate his performance. It was a bit odd.

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  • PCF
  • 25-04-17

Loved this book!

Great stories. Well written. Laughs and sadness. Just love the British accent. Looking forward to his second book.

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  • Som
  • 29-08-15

Great book

Excellent narration by the author, and I thoroughly enjoy the very real life encounters as a working paramedic. As a medic myself I am able to relate to these calls. Will recommend this book to my fellow workers, and student preceptors.

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  • Debra S. Long
  • 10-07-18

Raunchy and undesireable

I tried to listen to these, I really did. But I do NOT find them humorous in the least, but rather disturbing and disgusting. I would demand refund, but they were granted for free. They are certainly not worth anyone's time.

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  • Keith Riddle
  • 25-10-17

Ehhhh....not bad

The medicine seems sound, the stories interesting, and the narration is strong. The writing itself seems weak. If you can get past that - and there were points where I struggled - it’s worth a listen.....maybe.

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  • D. Gullickson
  • 17-07-17

Great EMS stories

Good Listen, good stories! Recommend to anyone, even if not in the field of Emergency Medical Care

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  • Leah
  • 20-05-16

Instruction Manual for future or new EMTs

What did you love best about The Dark Side?

The energy of the narrator, and the compassion of the author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Side?

The 4 month old baby. It felt so shocking as I didn't expect it to be so raw.

What about Pete Nottage’s performance did you like?

His energy.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Instructions for EMTs

Any additional comments?

I can do without the long explanations however, this was really interesting.