"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
"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)
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.
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.
I can't imagine a more interesting story told by a more interesting person. Steve Osborne paints a clear and vivid picture of his day-to-day life as a police officer.
This collection of authentic, riveting stories has the one thing that we hope for more than any other quality in NYC's finest: toughness combined with a huge heart. Everyone who loves NYC will love this book. It is both funny and compassionate, gritty and gentle, and the author clearly does the job for all the right reasons: he loves New York and he loves being "on the job." This book was so refreshing, especially as our country makes a heartbreaking turn towards becoming a dreaded, repressive police state.
I strongly recommend listening to this book on Audible. Listening to these stories told by the author in his irresistible New York accent adds a layer of quality to the stories that would be a shame to miss. For those of us who have lost faith in the police, this book serves as a bridge that connects us through our shared humanity. This is perhaps my favorite Audible title so far. Highly recommended!
I love cops. I love his New York accent. I love his stories. I must say , that this book kept me hooked. A little sad but overall funny ! There's a surprise at the end where you hear him telling his stories live and I wishhhhh the whole book was like this! But his stories and passion showed. He was a little repetitive getting his point across, but he was building suspense and it was his first book. And it was a damn good one ! Maybe he will think of more stories to tell because to me it was too short :). Thank you for your service mister Osborne !
Best part was hearing these stories told in Steve Osborne's own voice: the passion, New York accent, and everything. Made me feel as if I was there with Steve as these stories were happening in real time. Only wish is that this book was longer. Highly recommended to anyone and everyone, especially those seeking a career in law enforcement like myself.
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!
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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