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Publisher's Summary

In 2001, Paul Bacon was a typical young New Yorker: hip, liberal, overeducated, a little aimless. But then 9/11 happened. Hearing a call to duty and lacking any better employment options, he joined the NYPD, with the earnest hope of making his hometown a safer place. Silly him.

In Bad Cop, Paul recounts his ill-conceived experiment in public service, focusing on his own professional handicaps: his glass jaw, his overly trusting nature, and his fear of confrontation. The book begins with his police academy training, when he falls in love with the beautiful cadet Clarabel (and develops an unhealthy attraction to his sidearm). The story follows him through an awkward apprenticeship and out onto the streets, where the touchy-feely Paul is transformed into the rough-and-tumble Officer Bacon. Through amazing accounts of his escapades on the Harlem beat, his memoir emerges as both a celebration and a send-up of the legendary force that protects New York - most of the time.

©2009 Paul Bacon (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Miriam
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 12-07-10

terrific narrator

Having found this via Paul Bacon's performances on The Moth podcast, I was at first disappointed that he didn't do the audio--I quickly got over that, as this narrator has an excellent presentation and really did a great job with the many, many characters and their very diverse accents and personalities.

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  • Steve
  • Santa Rosa, CA, United States
  • 02-01-17

Interesting read, questionable narration

I found the book very interesting and enjoyed it, but the tendency for the narrator to make every female character sound like Rosie Perez (Hispanic accent with a lisp) got to be pretty distracting and annoying by the end of the book. He was fine other than that though.

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Great concept, fizzing at the end

Overall this was a great book and I would recommend it. The acting is great as well. The only drawback is that the story seems to give up on itself about 75% of the way through. Still had a good time though.

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Great Narrator

The book was enjoyable. It isn't fantastic or hilarious or even all that well-written, but it is worth reading if you have an interest in police work. The narrator was excellent and made the story fun.

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  • Jake
  • LAKEWOOD, OH, United States
  • 02-01-13

I loved this book!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I usually listen to audible in my car only. But this book/story was so good I actually walked around with my headphones on and listen all the time.

Any additional comments?

I wish I can find another book like that!

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  • Jonathan
  • portland, maine, United States
  • 09-12-12

Great character voices!

Would you consider the audio edition of Bad Cop to be better than the print version?

Yes. It was fun to hear all the different characters.

Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Bacon? Why or why not?

Yes. I like his style.

Have you listened to any of J. Paul Guimont’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. He is very diverse. Great character work.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The 9/11 part

Any additional comments?

Fun

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  • MLR
  • Houston, TX USA
  • 05-03-18

Heard his story on This American Life and bought the book

I enjoyed the book, it was an easy listen and fairly well performed. With family in law enforcement, it was nice to hear another individual’s account.

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loved this!

This book was so entertaining and engaging that when I made a long distance drive the time flew by. Great narration.

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Seriously???

I was looking for a great cop story. As a Cop reading this I was very disappointed. I was hoping by the end he changed his liberal ways and realized the truth of the real world.

The performance was great. Loved the guy narrating but I waited on a punch line that never came.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • B Rose
  • Hillsborough NC
  • 02-07-15

Not what you think!

If you could sum up Bad Cop in three words, what would they be?

Funny, interesting, terrific

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Cop?

The end and many more.

Which scene was your favorite?

So many.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was hilarious for the most part.

Any additional comments?

This book was much different than I thought it was going to be. It's not about a rogue cop like I thougt. It's more about someone who is just a bad cop. Written and narrated very well.