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Publisher's Summary

In 1978, Warren Fellows was convicted of heroin trafficking between Thailand and Australia. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the notorious Bang Kwang prison - better known as the Bangkok Hilton. It was the beginning of 12 years of hell in a place where sewer rats and cockroaches are the only nutritious food, where prison guards laugh as they deliver pulverising blows, and where the worst punishment is the khun deo - solitary confinement, Thai style.

The Damage Done is one man's story of an unthinkable nightmare. It is not Warren Fellows' plea for forgiveness nor his denial of guilt, but a story of endurance and survival and the abuse of human rights during the decade of a life wasted in leg irons. It is an essential listen: heartbreaking, fascinating, and impossible to pause.

©1997 Warren Fellows (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Remarkable -- in every way! Every minute is great

This may be the best book i've listened to all year. It is truly remarkable in every way: the story is gripping, horrifying, and illuminating; the writing is tight, to the point, and creative; and the narrator is one of the, if not the, best i've ever heard -- his timing and intonation is perfect.

Ever wondered what it's like in a prison? How about the worst one in the world? This guy describes the unbelievably inhuman living conditions and torture that the Thai prison system put him through. And he explains how it was not only hell to live through, but how it has scarred him for life.

I listened to this book during my commute and i actually looked forward to it every day (how often can you say that?). I was actually happy when there was a traffic jam or slowdown because i got to listen to more of the book. I was really disappointed when it was over.

Listen to this book -- you will be captivated from start to finish.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Foreign Prison Systems are Brutal

Would you consider the audio edition of The Damage Done to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version

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Great listen. Felt like I was in a prison cell suffering alongside the guy.<br/>

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Takes You There

Would you listen to The Damage Done again? Why?

Yes, it would still be interesting for me after listening many times because there is so much to think about. It is much more than an story about a prison experience.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions allowed me to understand the experiences he endured and to know what he felt about the experiences.

Which character – as performed by David Tredinnick – was your favorite?

All of the character representations were done well - I was able to tell the people apart very easily.

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

Yes, when he was caught - I didn't breathe.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A World Unknown to Most

I thought this book was quite interesting and gives the reader a glimpse into a dark world that most (hopefully) will never know. I have heard that some of the prisons across the world can be pretty harsh, but I had no idea exactly what that meant.

The book was written to give the author's history in how he ended up in prison, his time while in prison, and then getting out. The amount of details was not overwhelming and allowed for an easy to follow short story.

The narrator did a great job with the reading and seemed to pronounce all the Thai words correctly. He had an accent, however, it did not cause any problems with understanding him. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by him.

Overall, I thought this was a good book and would suggest it to others.

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Thinking of importing drugs? Read this first!!!

Where does The Damage Done rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my top 5. Hard to comprehend this kind of punishment exists.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Good voice for this type of book & many others too.

What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

All of it.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That Rodger Rodgerson & Arthur "Neddie" Smith got a few mentions.

Any additional comments?

Should be a compulsory read in early high school.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Courageous

What did you love best about The Damage Done?

Warren's honesty and integrity shine through.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is autobiographical in a sense but it is also about prison life.

Which scene was your favorite?

The synthesis in the epilogue gives perspective. I was reminded of the film HANNAH ARENDT and how evil happens whenever we forget our humanity one to another.

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

The violence of prison, the cruelty and filth were disturbing.

Any additional comments?

We take our freedoms in the west for granted.

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Captivating

What made the experience of listening to The Damage Done the most enjoyable?

A new world for me. Very interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

It is chocking and interesting to see how people have to survive in prisons in Thailand and how cruel people can be.

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

YES.

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Fake

Pretends to be true. In fact, it’s clearly fake. And dopey on top of that.

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  • C.J.
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 03-19-17

Very real.

I thought an audio book could not really communicate the horror but the writer does an amazing job. what it lacks in literary qualities it makes the book seem more real and written with more honestly .

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Do yourself a favor and listen to this amazing story

Fantastic story of survival. Gruesome and harrowing yet absolutely beautifully told. Experience described so well you'll get chills.

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  • Sharon
  • 08-11-13

Could not stop listening

Where does The Damage Done rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of those books where I struggled getting into work on time. I sat in the car dreading to pause it as I did not want to stop listening. There is only one other book so far that has captured me in such a way. Absolutely brilliant book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Warren Fellows tells is story of being holed up in Bangkok Prisons. Quite rightly he was convicted of smuggling heroin. However, no human being should suffer in such a way and whilst he doesn't plead pity and takes full responsibility you can't help feeling some pity as he reveals a harrowing account of what he saw happen to others, the filth and excrement they lived in, the murders, the insanity and appalling conditions over all.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of it.

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

Oh yes!

Any additional comments?

Definitely would recommend a listen.

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  • fiona
  • 05-14-13

Truly horrific and spin chilling

From the moment I started listening to this book ,I could not get the dreadful stark images from my head, an incredible story told in such a way as to keep you thoughly engrossed and just wanting the hell to finish for this unfortunate guy .
A truly good read.....

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  • jason
  • 06-09-13

well worth a listen

this is a book that is so worth listening/reading, I first read it a good few years ago while on a flight to Thailand and just got it for my iphone to listen to in work and found it just as intense this time as I did the first,
its not a look at me and feel sorry for me story, its a man explaining his stupidity for greed in younger years that pays the ultimate price. hopefully it has made someone thinks twice before doing the same thing if they read it.

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  • S S.
  • 04-18-17

Couldn't empathise despite the horror

Well it lived up to its billing but somehow it failed to move me. Lots of descriptions of awful punishments and appalling conditions but I think the problem was that I couldn't truly sympathise with him. To be clear no one deserves that treatment and maybe the narration just lacked empathy, but I just could not connect with his story.

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  • 04-03-17

Wow! Brilliant

Found this book a real eye opener, and had a rollercoaster of emotions whilst listening to it. Brilliantly narrated. Although it was a sad, horrific tale, it had some parts that made me smile, some that made me laugh, but more often than not parts that had me in tears. I finished it 2 days ago, but am still thinking about what Warren Fellows and the people he was with went through.

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  • jason
  • 10-26-16

Outstanding

Excellent book ... a true life experience of a Thailand prison ... the first story he tells you will stick with me for a long time .... outstanding

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  • scott
  • 09-01-16

Harrowing

Very good book and great incentive to never smuggle drugs in Thailand!! Hope you have a strong stomach.

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  • Timothy Goodson
  • 01-12-16

great book!

It's a great book, story well told both in audio and in paper versions. very interesting.

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  • Andy
  • 04-22-15

Fantastic

Loved it couldnt stop listening to it and very well read. whatever your views are on Warren Fellows no one should have to go through that

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  • Luke
  • 07-07-14

Couldn't stop listening

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The Damage Done is one of the most gripping audibooks I have ever listened to, the great performance really topped off the gripping story. I felt emotionally involved throughout and really enjoyed the horrifying details that were scattered throughout. The book also serves well as a reminder for people not to follow the wrong path in life, no matter how fun it may seem at the time.

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  • Matt Anderson
  • 07-09-16

Bit short...

Could definitely do with being a bit longer. Overall a great insight and very interesting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful