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You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life

You Are Raoul Moat
Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

This is a work of narrative nonfiction based on the last days of the fugitive Raoul Moat, a Geordie bodybuilder and mechanic who became nationally notorious in Britain one hot summer's week when, after killing his ex-girlfriend's new lover, shooting her in the stomach, and blinding a policeman, he disappeared into the woods of Northumberland, evading discovery for seven days - even when TV tracker Ray Mears was employed by the police to find him.

Bizarrely, alcoholic ex-England footy star Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne also played a role, trying to get a fishing rod and a chicken to Moat by taxi.

Eventually, cornered by the police, Moat shot himself. Andrew Hankinson, a journalist and a Geordie, tells Moat's story in the second person, which means that the listener is uncomfortably close at all times to Raoul Moat. It is an audio experience unrelieved by authorial distance or omniscient interpretation.

Everything comes from Moat's mind - from his recordings and writings - and the narrative Hankinson has woven is compelling, even if Moat's sentimentality, suspicion, and self-pity are never far from sight.

This is a narrative in the great tradition of Norman Mailer or Hunter S. Thompson - or, given its North of England flavour, Gordon Burn or David Peace.

©2016 Andrew Hankinson (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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  • Jamie
  • BROADSTONE, United Kingdom
  • 29-08-18

Quietly Impressed

This was a very unique take on a true crime novel - for me at least. I really enjoyed it, if that’s the right phrase to be using. I remember the events well, being broadcast live on tv as the manhunt happened. I remember thinking it was a tragic loss of life on all counts as well.

I had read reviews that said the book dragged in the middle. I don’t feel that was the case. I felt it became garbled and repetitive in the middle. Which given that this was an attempt to put the reader into Raoul Moat’s mindset, I think portrayed the frantic nature of his actions and the situation really well.

The book does make you question how you feel or felt about him and the event. It makes you feel quite sorry for him in one moment and within seconds makes you feel quite the opposite.

It’s a good book and although some parts seem strangely upbeat, ultimately it’s heavy going by the end of it all, but thoroughly recommended.

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Brilliant

This is well written and superbly narrated. A gripping insight and one of the best audio books I have listened too.

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Shocking

Incredible read and the narrator was fantastic. Brings to life the rounded shadows of a troubled man.

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