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Young Offender

Narrated by: Michael Maisey
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

The day he entered the notorious Feltham Young Offenders Institute, Michael Maisey was excited. He was going to be a legend to all his mates. The 16-year-old was in for attempted murder. He was innocent of this particular crime but amongst the violent and dangerous young men on his wing he was about to learn exactly how far he’d go to survive. 

In Young Offender we see what turned a good kid into a wanted criminal. Abused by his uncle, bullied at school, at the age of 12 he found the safety he craved in the ranks of a local gang in West London. He graduated from shoplifting to armed robbery and for five years Michael was in and out of Feltham, on a downward spiral of crime and drug and alcohol addiction. At rock bottom, he began attending AA meetings. But the road to recovery would mean changing himself in the deepest possible ways. Could Michael finally learn what it meant to be a good man? 

Honest and inspiring, this is a powerful story of redemption. 

Today Michael is a successful businessman and a loving father who spends time helping others find their way. 

©2019 Michael Maisey (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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There's a reason why this book has 5 star reviews

Michael gives an honest account of his life and struggles he faced before becoming a better person. I have never felt so frustrated when listening to how time and time again Michael would fall off the wagon, however, this book gives you insight as to why this happens, and demonstrates that a person not only has to be ready themselves but has to surrounded by people who will support them 100%. A truly inspiring book and I urge everyone to read/listen to the book. It will give hope to addicts and it will open the eyes of judgemental people.

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Highly Recommend

Even just as a listener I feel so proud of Michael, there are some similarities between our upbringings, so I can truly appreciate what an extraordinary man he is. Well written, well narrated. Great value for money, I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Amazing! Well Done Michael you are an inspiration to all, not just young! I wish you wellIn everything.

Loved listening to this book. Michael is an inspiration, I have ‘gifted’ this audible book to my nephew Scott as believe Michael’s story can help him see that change is possible for anyone. We should ‘clone’ the Michael Maisey of today for all our sakes!! Well done Michael xx

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This book is a book that you will not want to stop listening to. There is a reason why it has so many recommendations, insperational. Listen and enjoy.

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Thank you for your honesty

This book is amazing, it made me cry a lot and shout at Michael to just stop. It gives an insight into a world most of us probably don't realise actually exists, to come out the other side like he has and contribute to a broken society is a testament to his character. This should be read in the first couple of years of senior school, I think young children would learn a lot. I wish Michael and his family all the best for the future and would like to thank Michael for taking the time to write the book. Just brilliant.

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Exceptional

What an emotional roller coaster!!! Mr Maisey I applaud you for your strength courage and dedication

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Fantastic

This is a fantastic book, so easy to listen to and such a heart warming story of one man's struggle and what you can a heive through adversity, I highly recommend

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life changing

if you want to understand the way a person can always change their life around this is the book for you. well written and a great audio by Michael himself. I applaud the guy. it takes guts to get through all that and still come out so positive 👏👏👏👏

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Extremely good and captivating read

This book truly shows how someone can turn their life. From deep dark lows to becoming a well established member of the community. I’ve listened to this book twice now and although I haven’t been through anything like this or suffered any of the addictions, I found this book very motivating. A very inspiring story.

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unbelievable story

brilliant book such an amzing turn from a very tough battle! well worth a read

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Simply powerful!

I’ve spent the last 8 hours reading this book both on the Kindle and on Audible. It is truly powerful and inspiring to absorb how a troubled young boy and teenager who went through unimaginable turmoil has pulled himself together and turned his life into a success story. Most of all, I respect Michael’s honestly. This book is unlike the dozens of similar “zero to hero” books, many of which are righteous and self-promoting. This piece of work is as authentic as it gets and the Michael you get to know throughout the journey of his book is the same Michael in real life... honest and genuine. Buy it for you and for friends and family!