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A Prayer Before Dawn

A Nightmare in Thailand
Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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A Prayer Before Dawn is the true story of one man's fight to survive inside Klong Prem prison, the notorious Bangkok Hilton. Billy Moore traveled to Thailand to escape a life of drug addiction and alcoholism. He managed to overcome his inner demons for a time but relapsed after trying ya ba, a highly addictive form of methamphetamine. Moore's life quickly descended into chaos, drug dealing, and violence until he was eventually arrested and imprisoned in Klong Prem, a place where life has no value.

A Prayer Before Dawn is no ordinary prison memoir; it's the story of one man's struggle to survive in one of the world's toughest prisons. It's also a story of redemption in the most unlikely of places.

©2014 Billy Moore (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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narrator s voice is annoying.

I've read the book and seen the movie.
the narrator s voice is annoying.
movie is worth watching.

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Fascinating Tale

Really an incredible tale. I appreciated Billy's ability to look at himself and really understand his addiction and his choices. He did not offer any grand conclusion just his experiences and they were worth telling. It was hard to hear some of the human rights abuses but it is important for the world to consider. Are drug offenses worthy of taking away someone's freedom and dignity? Will it cure their addiction. I would suggest that there are better answers to these questions then prison.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-18

Finish your stories and chaptors

Watched the movie before buying this
The movie did not even tell much of his story nor mention he was a scouser

Book was always cut off at the interesting parts. Chapters are way way too short. Hardly any story is finished all the way to the end.

I could probaly write a better book myself.

Also the man who was doing the audio from the book had the WORSE fake scouse accent ever which was none stop annoying

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  • steven
  • 06-11-18

excellent book very captivating and morish

great story which was narrated really well. really enjoyed this story. makes you realise just how well treat British prisoners are and how corrupt other prison systems really are. its definitely an eye opener.

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  • adam davies
  • 04-29-17

Brilliant read

Thoroughly recommend. Kept me gripped with great story and narration. Genuinely sorry I read it so quickly but it kept me hooked👍🏼

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-19

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Narrator done my head in.!!!
But thoroughly enjoyed this true life changing story.... Well done

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  • Sally Goulden
  • 03-26-19

Very good

Finished this really quickly. It's interesting enough to manage to allow you to get best the poor narrator and those terrible accents. Still rated as worth the purchase despite this

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  • Susan I.
  • 01-28-19

loved it

very good story . watched the film and must say was disappointed. narration was good too

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-18

Read Worthy

Gritty, real, disturbing at times, but surprisingly humorous in places definitely worthy of a read

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  • Gareth
  • 07-16-15

Great read

Well worth the buy and I am hoping the film they are making his as good! Would recommend this!!

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  • Paul
  • 05-14-15

Honest and gripping story excellent narration

I love Thailand prison books and this didn't disappoint. More open and honest than many and the narrator makes you feel as if you in bar and he's telling you about his ordeal.

I'd love a second book to see what life after the horrors of Thailand is like.

Overall great writing and great narration.

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  • James F.
  • 02-05-19

Brilliantly read, gripping true story.

Terrifying account of life in a Thai prison. A fascinating mix of characters. Very well narrated, with a great range of accents.

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  • James
  • 08-10-18

Awesome book!

Absolutely loved this book, extremely well read and an amazing story that seemed very authentic. Brought back memories of being in Thailand.
Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-19

Give it a miss. Don't give this author your money.

Horrible narrator, not helped along by the fact that the writing itself is bad. I didn't appreciate the casual racism the author tossed around with his comments about money grabbing Thai people who are all untrustworthy, along with his obvious transphobia.

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