In 1978, Warren Fellows was convicted of heroin trafficking between Thailand and Australia. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the notorious Bang Kwang prison - better known as the Bangkok Hilton. It was the beginning of 12 years of hell in a place where sewer rats and cockroaches are the only nutritious food, where prison guards laugh as they deliver pulverising blows, and where the worst punishment is the khun deo - solitary confinement, Thai style.
The Damage Done is one man's story of an unthinkable nightmare. It is not Warren Fellows' plea for forgiveness nor his denial of guilt, but a story of endurance and survival and the abuse of human rights during the decade of a life wasted in leg irons. It is an essential listen: heartbreaking, fascinating, and impossible to pause.
©1997 Warren Fellows (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
This may be the best book i've listened to all year. It is truly remarkable in every way: the story is gripping, horrifying, and illuminating; the writing is tight, to the point, and creative; and the narrator is one of the, if not the, best i've ever heard -- his timing and intonation is perfect.
Ever wondered what it's like in a prison? How about the worst one in the world? This guy describes the unbelievably inhuman living conditions and torture that the Thai prison system put him through. And he explains how it was not only hell to live through, but how it has scarred him for life.
I listened to this book during my commute and i actually looked forward to it every day (how often can you say that?). I was actually happy when there was a traffic jam or slowdown because i got to listen to more of the book. I was really disappointed when it was over.
Listen to this book -- you will be captivated from start to finish.
Did not read the print version
Great listen. Felt like I was in a prison cell suffering alongside the guy.
Yes, it would still be interesting for me after listening many times because there is so much to think about. It is much more than an story about a prison experience.
The descriptions allowed me to understand the experiences he endured and to know what he felt about the experiences.
All of the character representations were done well - I was able to tell the people apart very easily.
Yes, when he was caught - I didn't breathe.
I thought this book was quite interesting and gives the reader a glimpse into a dark world that most (hopefully) will never know. I have heard that some of the prisons across the world can be pretty harsh, but I had no idea exactly what that meant.
The book was written to give the author's history in how he ended up in prison, his time while in prison, and then getting out. The amount of details was not overwhelming and allowed for an easy to follow short story.
The narrator did a great job with the reading and seemed to pronounce all the Thai words correctly. He had an accent, however, it did not cause any problems with understanding him. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by him.
Overall, I thought this was a good book and would suggest it to others.
In my top 5. Hard to comprehend this kind of punishment exists.
Good voice for this type of book & many others too.
All of it.
That Rodger Rodgerson & Arthur "Neddie" Smith got a few mentions.
Should be a compulsory read in early high school.
Listen while I work, ride, drive & run.
Warren's honesty and integrity shine through.
This is autobiographical in a sense but it is also about prison life.
The synthesis in the epilogue gives perspective. I was reminded of the film HANNAH ARENDT and how evil happens whenever we forget our humanity one to another.
The violence of prison, the cruelty and filth were disturbing.
We take our freedoms in the west for granted.
A new world for me. Very interesting.
It is chocking and interesting to see how people have to survive in prisons in Thailand and how cruel people can be.
South TX, Padre Island, Seafood, Space X...Nuff' said!?
I work in an american prison and the contrast from what happens here vs. what happens in this tale is incredibly horrifying. To think these types of bad things goes on in a prison overseas make me kiss the ground I live on. if only our people in prison would realize how good they have it in America.
The constant brutal behavior of the guards. In America, any correction officer caught just verbally abusing an inmate is immediatly fired, much more it physical abuse, even criminal prsecution by the state.
No, but would listen to any of his narrations since he did a great job here.
Not to smuggle drugs, obvious of course!
If all the details are really true, not sure how he actually survived. I think this book was heavy on the negative since that is what has been seared into his mind however, there had to be more instances of humanity here that he's not telling. Would have like to hear more stories of hope, stories that made him go on for 12 years because from what I heard, I would have not made it more than a year.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
I have been really interested in the current status of Australian and British citizens on death row in Kerobokan Prison since the new Indonesian President has stated there will be no 'Pardons' granted. During my reading I happened upon this book and what a find.
Warren Fellows takes you there. You feel no sorrow for him but he asks for none however you do realize that the treatment of prisoners abroad, foreign or otherwise is beyond a sane person's imaginings.
However even in this part of Hades a man can keep his soul, feel remorse and identify with a power greater than himself and tolerate, even embrace others' beliefs.
David Tredinnick gives us a superb performance. I am sure that many of us multi task whilst enjoying our audible books but I could not do so with this one. I can tell you that this is a first!
Just as with good chocolate it had to be appreciated, quietly and without distraction.
I liked it. It describes life in what is probably the worst prison in the world and makes you think that your ordinary life is quite good (in fact splendid). I have just added Thailand to my list of countries I will never visit just to be on the safe side:)
"well worth a listen"
this is a book that is so worth listening/reading, I first read it a good few years ago while on a flight to Thailand and just got it for my iphone to listen to in work and found it just as intense this time as I did the first,
its not a look at me and feel sorry for me story, its a man explaining his stupidity for greed in younger years that pays the ultimate price. hopefully it has made someone thinks twice before doing the same thing if they read it.
"Could not stop listening"
This is one of those books where I struggled getting into work on time. I sat in the car dreading to pause it as I did not want to stop listening. There is only one other book so far that has captured me in such a way. Absolutely brilliant book.
Warren Fellows tells is story of being holed up in Bangkok Prisons. Quite rightly he was convicted of smuggling heroin. However, no human being should suffer in such a way and whilst he doesn't plead pity and takes full responsibility you can't help feeling some pity as he reveals a harrowing account of what he saw happen to others, the filth and excrement they lived in, the murders, the insanity and appalling conditions over all.
All of it.
Definitely would recommend a listen.
"Truly horrific and spin chilling"
From the moment I started listening to this book ,I could not get the dreadful stark images from my head, an incredible story told in such a way as to keep you thoughly engrossed and just wanting the hell to finish for this unfortunate guy .
A truly good read.....
Excellent book ... a true life experience of a Thailand prison ... the first story he tells you will stick with me for a long time .... outstanding
Very good book and great incentive to never smuggle drugs in Thailand!! Hope you have a strong stomach.
Story is good but the narration is dull and stiff.
I don't recommend it, maybe check out the book
It's a great book, story well told both in audio and in paper versions. very interesting.
Loved it couldnt stop listening to it and very well read. whatever your views are on Warren Fellows no one should have to go through that
"Couldn't stop listening"
The Damage Done is one of the most gripping audibooks I have ever listened to, the great performance really topped off the gripping story. I felt emotionally involved throughout and really enjoyed the horrifying details that were scattered throughout. The book also serves well as a reminder for people not to follow the wrong path in life, no matter how fun it may seem at the time.
I have read the book and found the audible version better because I felt connected to the character
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