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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of You Don't Know Me by Imran Mahmood, read by Adam Deacon.

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the closing speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes the truth can be too difficult to explain or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

There are eight pieces of evidence against him. As he talks us through them one by one, his life is in our hands. We, the listener - a member of the jury - must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions...but at the end of the speeches, only one matters: did he do it?

©2017 Imran Mahmood (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

Critic reviews

"I opened this book to a random page, read five lines - and finished it at three that morning. It's the voice that does it: edgy, conflicted, desperately urgent, the voice of a young man who's both too smart and (if you believe him) not quite smart enough for the inexorable spiral of events into which he's dragged. This is a startlingly confident and deft debut." (Tana French, internationally best-selling author)

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Stunning

A young Nigerian boy is on trial for murder. Wanting to tell the jury the whole story from his point of view, he sacks his Q.C. and makes his own closing speech. Over the course of ten days, we hear of his life trying to avoid being drawn into the fringes of the drug gangs, his love for his girlfriend (?Kaira) and his increasing desperation as he becomes enmeshed in a life he never wanted.
This is one of the best narrations I have ever listened to.
Highly recommended.

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Amazing

Absolutely brilliant book, and Adam Deacon's performance elevated it to another level. I truly felt like I was there in that courtroom, deciding what the truth was.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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masterful storytelling, brilliantly read

This was a book I had never heard of. But what a book. I've never come across a plot so full of twists, so full of turns and dead ends, yet so well held together.

The narration is perfect. The characterisation is spot on. The story is dark, yet there are just enough moments of light and humour that it never gets depressing.

This really does have to be a contender for both book and audio book of the year.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A likeable anti-hero and a genuinely heartfelt story

Characters are beautifully written, I was sceptical about the choice of narrator at first but he gave a genuine and heartfelt performance. The book produces a landscape that I'm not familiar with but one I could understand and appreciate for all it's light and shade. This book is a surprise, it's difficult to pigeonhole this into a specific genre which I feel is a good thing. I write this review now having a greater appreciation for a reality that's practically on my doorstep. I can understand why some are frustrated with the end, but if you're expecting a specific book then that's to be expected. Read this with no expectations and you won't be disappointed at the end.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding book that takes you somewhere

This book gripped from the start, and the story took me to a milieu that I don't know anything about (not many will). The narration is pitch perfect, and I had to stop listening at night because it kept me awake. More please.

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great story

This story had me gripped from the start. The narrator draws you in to his world and you can't leave even after the book is finished.

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Great narration to a mediocre story

Quite an interesting way of telling a story. The accent is a bit difficult at the beginning but you'll get used to it and it's a part of the story anyway. The narrator is brilliant. The main character is clearly a bit of an idiot but you want to follow the story until the end. The unexpected explanation of the story is a bit of a disappointing stretch though...

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Excellent idea

Fascinating insight in to a world very different to the one I live in.

Story teller explains his life in inner city London gang land and decisions he forced to make while negotiating it. Although the topic is dark, the story doesn't feel excessively violent and depressing

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Inspired!

This is a very, very different book, and I imagine it works much better on audio than in print. I think the idea is inspired. A brilliant and insightful look into what life is like on inner city estates where gang culture rules. Fascinating, absorbing and will stay with me for a very long time to come. A genius piece of work that I highly recommend

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Refreshingly gripping

To be honest, I didn't know what to expect.
First things first. The narration was exceptional, couldn't fault it in one way.
Story was so different it gripped me from the beginning to the end in a good way like when your first read the boy in the striped pyjamas.
Really glad I purchased this title.

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