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The Job Audiobook

The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop

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Publisher's Summary

"How ya doin?"

With these four syllables, delivered in an unmistakably authentic New York accent, Steve Osborne has riveted thousands of people through the legendary storytelling outfit The Moth (and more than a million times on their website) with his hilarious, profane, and touching tales from his 20 years serving as an NYPD street cop. Steve Osborne is the real deal, people, the tough, streetwise New York cop of your dreams, one with a big, big heart. Kojak? NYPD Blue? Law & Order? Fuggedaboutem! The Job blows them out of the water with this unpauseable book.

Steve Osborne has seen a thing or two in his 20 years in the NYPD - some harmless things, some definitely not. In "Stakeout" Steve and his partner mistake a Manhattan dentist for an armed robbery suspect and reduce the man down to a puddle of snot and tears when questioning him. In "Mug Shot" the mother of a suspected criminal makes a strange request and provides a sobering reminder of the humanity at stake in his profession. And in "Home" the image of his family provides the adrenaline he needs to fight for his life when assaulted by two armed and violent crackheads. From his days as a rookie cop to the time spent patrolling in the Anti-Crime Unit - and his visceral, harrowing recollections of working during 9/11 - Steve Osborne's stories capture both the absurdity of police work and the bravery of those who do it. His stories will speak to those nostalgic for the New York City of the 1980s and '90s, a bygone era of when the city was a crazier, more dangerous (and possibly more interesting) place.

Includes two live stories from The Moth - "Hot Dogs" and "Dentist".

Stories from The Moth courtesy of The Moth.

©2015 Steve Osborne (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Cops are innately good storytellers, and Osborne must be one of the best." (Booklist)

"Steve Osborne is a born storyteller, and anyone expecting a cop book to be filled with action and adventure won't be disappointed with The Job. But what makes this story so powerful is its compassion and bittersweet comedy, the unexpected moments in which the worst situations bring out the best in people. Anyone who knows a cop - or wants to - should read this book." (Edward Conlon, author of Blue Blood)

"Nobody tells a cop story better than a cop, and Osborne tells them as well as I've ever heard (and I've heard a lot of them). Go buy this book, for the chases, the laughs, and the poignancy. Go buy it now, especially now, because for every bad cop there are 20 heroic ones - and Steve Osborne was one of them." (Brian McDonald, author of My Father's Gun: One Family. Three Badges. One Hundred Years in the NYPD)

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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 05-15-16
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 05-15-16 Listener Since 2003

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    I heard an interview with the author on NPR that they were running with the launch of the paperback which is what prompted me to buy this one. Usually you do not want a book read by the author. In this case, you would want no one else! The stories were alternatively funny and heartbreaking but the telling was spot on for all.

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    Wes82901 04-16-16
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    "This guy is fantastic!"

    Great stories a I hope to hear more! I was a cop and some of these really got to me. It's too bad he retired so soon. He tells itlike it is. Some people need an ass beating and others are a victim of their environment and deserve a break. Cops really do cry. This book will make you laugh and cry.... even the liberals.

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    Molly 11-27-16
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    "Very entertaining!"

    Loved getting a glimpse into the world of a NYPD officer. I hung onto his every word and even found myself circling the block a few times to continue listening to his funny stories before finally pulling into the drive way. Highly recommend to anyone looking to enter the criminal justice field or just looking to be entertained. This is the book for you!

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    Largactil 09-22-16
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    "Outstanding"

    This book is wonderfully read by the author who was a New York police officer. His voice and inflections make this book! The stories in the book are well crafted and support that law enforcement is a job of passion, and danger with moments of extreme heartbreak and hilarity. I highly recommend this book.

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    MrFixit 08-19-16
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    i loved it. I enjoy hearing other cop's war stories. well written and very entertaining

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    "Decent, but flawed."

    the stories are entertaining and not boring, but author repeats himself a lot and order of book seems to jump all over the place at times.

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    Cindy Garcia 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A book I could not put down"

    I loved Mr. Osborne's narration. As the synopsis says, his accent was is absolutely wonderful and adds to the story. However, it is the stories that captured my full attention. One thing that comes across is that Mr. Osborne is a very sincere and honest person. No one else could have captured the light and darkness of the stories as he could. This has made larger the respect that I already have for the boys in blue.happy to see this on the bestseller The boys in blue. I am happy to see this on the bestseller list.

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    Mary Smith Buellton, CA 05-14-16
    Mary Smith Buellton, CA 05-14-16 Member Since 2016

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    "narration is wonderful"

    Steve's Brooklyn accent and his colorful way of telling the story of his life in police work is well worth the price of the audio book. I had a hard time putting it down.

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    "Great Book!!!"

    Laughter, tears and great stories with good narration. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Proves cops are human too!

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    Joe K 02-01-16
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    "LOVE THIS BOOK!!"

    love every chapter! worth the time. gives me a perspective of what I'll be getting into next year in the academy.

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