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When three teenage boy's take a part-time job after school, they find themselves caught in the center of a police sting-operation, then quickly discover the law isn't on their side. The city's corrupt officials will stop at nothing to set them up for the fall.

©2017 Friedrich Wilhelm Baggett (P)2017 Friedrich Wilhelm Baggett

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What a sad but true story

This book was very well written. I listened to the whole book in one setting. The book was written by Friedrich Wilhelm. He was one of the boys that the story is written about. This a first hand account of what happened to these 3 teenage boys, their lives, and the lives of their friends and family.

The audiobook was narrated by Chris Abernathy. He grabbed me at the first syllable of the book and I was sorry to have him stop speaking to me at the end. He has really done an awesome job bringing Freddy's story to life. I will be looking for more books narrated by Chris.

In 1982 in the small town of Clarksdale Tennessee, 3 teenage boys (Brothers Freddy age 15, Doug age 16, and their Friend Charles age 16) find themselves in the middle of a sting operation. They were falsely accused of multiple charges on grand Larceny and 1 was even charged with dealing drugs. The boys were arrested and denied bail. When they received a court date they were given an impartial judge. The corruption in this tiny town is beyond anything anyone could believe.

Luckily for these boys an older brother of Freddy called the ACLU in to help. If it was not for them Freddy, his brother Doug, ad Charles may still be in prison for these false charges.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Wow! A be careful who you trust story.

If you could sum up The Fix-it-Shop in three words, what would they be?

Shocking - Sad - Inspiring

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

I did listen to it in one day - I couldn't put it down. This is not normally a genre I listen to but the summary intrigued me and I am glad I listened. It was both sad and incredible to watch the story unfold. I loved the honesty in the book and the authors hindsight reflections on how the boys dealt with it and the need to seek outside help to get over the trauma. It is well written and the narrator does a great job with the voices and overall acting.

Any additional comments?

I would warn that there is language and a few scenes that the f bomb is used heavily. They were placed in areas that I could honestly see them being used but I have a hard time personally with the use of them. Also, there is a fairly detailed scene with a suicide so for these reasons I would say it's not for a young crowd of listeners. If you let your teen listen then maybe listen with them and be prepared to talk with them about the story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Very interesting!!

A sad example of good-old-boy justice that put inocent kids in prison. for trusting a deceitful and dishonest small business owner and the cover up that implicate the local law enforcement... Great narration...Highly reccomended!!
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Engaging Story

"The Fix-It Shop" (2017) by Friedrich Wilhelm is an engaging story about a small group of teenage boys living in a small Tennessee town who are arrested for crimes they did not commit. The events, which actually took place during the early 1980’s, are reported from the perspective of the youngest member of the group. The reader can’t help but be angered about the reasons behind the teens’ treatment. Strongly recommended. Audiobook given free in exchange for an honest review.

Kelvin L. Reed
Author of "Guilt by Association"

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  • Myztikal
  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 03-31-18

Real Life. Real Decisions. Real Corruption.

1982. I was still in elementary school but I remember the era and the lifestyle.
It’s amazing the depth of corruption of the time; it’s only been in recent years the media exposed it - and alarmingly so at a rapid pace. Then The again - 1982, local news came on at 6pm; world news at 6:30. In that 30 minutes, weather and sports were crammed in. Then the 11pm news. Cable was not common for CNN. No social media. Were we in the dark? More like sheltered.
As a true crime, this was above genuine story telling. The writing was top notch. The backstory will help newer generations understand “what life was like” in this time period and location, and mind frame.
The story continues to push forward with a subtle urging of the mystery and doom, curious of the “shoe about to drop”.
It’s engaging and it will evoke strong feelings.
It’s a book you’ll think about once it’s ended. It’s a book for a book club discussion. Or to discuss with others.
It’s life. Raw. How one small decision changes you. How not questioning one small act is life changing.
Chris Abernathy was “new to me” and proved to be stellar choice as a narrator for this autobiography.
For those looking for a true crime, emotionally charged, and “innocence lost” book, I would highly, highly, highly recommend this book.

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Excellent

What a great book. This was one of the easiest books to listen to. No getting lost or trying to follow. The story is smooth from beginning to end. I could go on and on.
The characters are strong and it doesn’t take the author 2 hours to describe each one. No long and drawn out descriptions. Just a great story.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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Truth prevails at a great cost; sad, but true

Although it logs in at just under 4-hours, this work speaks volumes to coming of age, corruption, injustice, perseverance, loss of innocence, and redemption. I found that, what seemed like a simple story at first, turned into an ordeal that's twists and turns kept pulling me in. The trials and tribulations of a pair of brothers and their friends surrounding a local sting operation in a small town neighborhood gone horribly wrong. A couple of kids victimized by the "good ol' boy" network of cops, lawyers, judges, and ex-cons get there high school years dragged through the mud and the pains they go through that last a lifetime.

This is a sad story in that the authorities actions were not only inexcusable, but just plain criminal. Amazingly, after the entire truth came out, the victims chose the high road in not suing for millions in what the ACLU lawyers deemed as a "slam dunk" case of their civil rights being abused. Well, part of it was taking the high road and the other part of it was the boys total disgust with the court system that they didn't even want to go back to court for a sure win settlement.

This is a great story told in the first person by the man who walked through the nightmare as a young teen. You witness his innocence being stolen and pushing him to the brink of murder; only to grow back into the humble person that is exposed in the acknowledgement section of the book. A redeeming story that is well written and flows effortlessly from one scene to the next, enhanced by a fantastic job by the narrator. This is a memoir and a true crime story wrapped in one. The sad part is the true criminals, the authorities, were never called to face justice. I would highly recommend this book to all except perhaps an audience that is looking for a thrills and chills crime drama. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.

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  • kathy
  • jasper, GA, United States
  • 03-25-18

Be Careful WHO You Work For!!

This short story was absolutely entertaining with a capital E! It drove me crazy trying to figure out just what was going to happen next!! The characters were real and brought you into the story as a bystander. As a girl, I found myself not understanding why boys feel the need to fight each other over taunting, but even these fights were explained by the teller of the story. The book may seem far-fetched, but is based on a true story! Unbelievable. I really enjoyed the narrator and will listen to him again. I would recommend this book to a friend. I received this book at no cost by the author for an unbiased review. Good work!

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Well written and engrossing

Excellent, easy to follow story. This is a well-written story of a few young men who are manipulated and taken advantage of while merely trying to help their families survive. They are subjected to horrible, unfair treatment by the law and court system. Chris Abernathy is super as the narrator for this book. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Nothing Like Getting "Fixed"

Would you listen to The Fix-it-Shop again? Why?

Yes, I felt as though the narrator did a great job sharing the author's terrible story. When I listen to a book 2 or even 3 times, I always learn/see something that was missed the first time listening

Have you listened to any of Chris Abernathy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not, however, I enjoyed listening to him and did notice that he had several books

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

Yes, I completed this book in 1 sitting

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful