On 22 February 2006, £53 million was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent. In terms of value, the robbery puts previous British capers, such as the Great Train Robbery, in the shade. This was a crime notable for its audacity, carried out by an unlikely crew of players that included a used car salesman, two Albanian casual workers and a roofer. Five men were convicted at the Old Bailey in January 2008, which attracted nationwide media coverage. A sixth man, Paul Allen, was sentenced in October 2009 for his part.
Having become close to the Tonbridge gang and the police during three years of research, Sounes relates a classic crime caper in irresistible, almost forensic detail. After the robbery comes the exciting, sometimes comical story of the getaway. Money is found, and arrests are made, but key characters slip out of the country, and millions of pounds are still missing.
Heist is the definitive account of these compelling events, is wildly entertaining and a must for all fans of well-written true crime. Since the book has been written, Darren Aronofsky (director of The Wrestler) has announced he will direct a British-made film.
Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of a wide range of extraordinary personalities, including the murderers Fred and Rosemary West (Fred & Rose), the American author Charles Bukowski (Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life) and the musicians Bob Dylan (Down the Highway) and Paul McCartney (Fab). His new book is Amy, 27 - a study of the life and death of Amy Winehouse and the other iconic stars who died at the same young age.
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Very detailed story that goes into a level of depth which may not be appreciated by everybody. I couldn't help but feeling the story could have been told well in 7 or 8 hours rather than 15. But nevertheless, a gripping and exciting account of a real crime
Should have been a warning about the crude and unnecessary language, and the narration aas awful..Apart from that the facts were interesting, but would not listen to it again...
I saw looking forward to this story but it was completely ruined for me by the author's terrible narration. He stereotypes various London accents, often in a mocking tone. I found this offensive and got a refund.
"The worst narration"
The narration of this book by the author is a big mistake. His voice is not one you want to listen to for 16 hours with his licking lips and awful flow of sentences. The use of poor acting voices is not needed. I've heard books read by 5 year olds better versed.
A real shame as the story is well written.
"A little disappointing"
For such a good storyline as the worlds biggest cash robbery I expected more excitement !!
The narrator is not as good as previous books with a limited range of accents which added to the negative aspect overall. I found myself asking why do I need to know this really- far too much mundane detail here and there as if the book is being padded out !!
There are obviously some "great" characters in large robberies like this but you don't get to know any, the authors morales left it's mark here rather than make an act of crime turn into good entertainment, we get told too many facts I felt.
"l loved it"
will listen to again with out a doubt so seems to me, they were just asking to get them self's arested
"The account and story very well researched and written"
I really enjoyed the book, initially l thought on no the author is narrating, this won't work. Howard Sounes is excellent and very witty
"Incompetent crooks, who still make £30m or so"
Great book and story, well read and a compelling lesson to any wanna be time crook to throw away the stuff you use during the crime!
"Great apart from the comedy voices..."
Interesting, detailed, engrossing.
Really, not really applicable in this case!
Comical, rhythmic, funny.
It made me realise how incompetent some people are at their job.
The Narrator felt the need to put on the worst voices I've ever heard when talking as characters in the story.
Comical 'mockney' bank robber style voices mainly. Totally unnecessary and detracted from the factual content...
"clear and thorough at the same time"
Very well written. Considering the intricate web of events spanning a number of years and multiple different characters, the author manages to keep the story ticking along without confusing the reader. Very clear and thorough at the same time. Loved it.
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